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LSU Assistant AD/Ticket Operations Brian Broussard said that the school's football program has "sold out its season tickets for the 10th consecutive season and tied the record for season ticket sales with 68,772," according to Jim Kleinpeter of the New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE. Broussard: "The demand for LSU football tickets is as strong as ever." Kleinpeter noted this year's total "equals the mark" set in '11 and '12. LSU has sold out of season tickets "every year dating back" to the '04 season when 66,232 season tickets were sold after its '03 BCS National Championship. LSU next year will open its new South Endzone Addition, which will "include 66 suites, 3,000 club level tickets and 1,500 general public seats that will expand the capacity of Tiger Stadium to nearly 100,000" (NOLA.com, 8/17).
ANCHOR DOWN: Vanderbilt Associate AD/Sales & Marketing Steve Walsh said that the football program "went over 16,200 season tickets this past week." In Nashville, Jeff Lockridge notes VU last year sold "about 18,500 season tickets" and celebrated a nine-win season "for the first time since 1915." The school "raised season-ticket prices" after last year, but prices "remain the cheapest in the SEC for comparable seat locations." Coach James Franklin said, "It’s going to get up to where it was last year. I would have thought we would have been sold out by now. We’ve still got some time to do it." Lockridge notes selling out of season tickets would "involve reaching the mid-20,000s." VU football "last sold out of season tickets" in '96, when Notre Dame was on the schedule (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 8/19).
The NCAA on Friday confirmed that it will "wait until at least next year to select sites" for the NCAA men's basketball tournament's First Four in '16 and beyond, according to Joe Cogliano of the DAYTON BUSINESS JOURNAL. The event will again be held at Univ. of Dayton Arena in '14 and '15, and local officials "had been lobbying the NCAA to secure an earlier commitment" for the First Four for "as much as a decade." NCAA Dir of Media Coordination/Statistics & March Madness Media Coordinator David Worlock said, "This is simply a byproduct of the changing landscape of college athletics and due to this ever-changing landscape, the Men’s Basketball Committee is reluctant to enter into a long-term agreement -- for any round(s) of the tournament." NCAA First Four Local Organizing Committee Chair J.P. Nauseef said that the decision "doesn't take away from everything the community has done to demonstrate that Dayton is an ideal place to host college basketball tournament games." Cogliano noted the '13 First Four "marked the 13th consecutive year the Road to the Final Four has kicked off in Dayton" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 8/16). In Dayton, Doug Harris reported UD is "considered the frontrunner" to host the event from '16-18 when bids are weighed next May (DAYTONDAILYNEWS, 8/16).