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Univ. Of Missouri Football Ticket Sales Down Among Public, Up Significantly For Students

Student ticket sales for Mizzou football are up 114% from last year at this time
The Univ. of Missouri as of yesterday had sold 22,919 football season-ticket packages to the "general public and 4,856 student ticket packages," according to Dave Matter of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH. The general public figure is down about 15% from this time last year, when MU had sold 26,950 tickets. However, student sales are up 114% from last year at this time (2,260). This year’s student sales have "already surpassed last year’s final sales figure of 3,008." Single-game sales have also been "robust this summer." Last year at this time, MU had sold 1,346 single-game tickets, but that figure is "already 11,606 as of this week." Matter notes this year, student football ticket packages are "tethered to student basketball ticket packages." Men's basketball ticket sales have "exploded this offseason," meaning student football ticket sales are up as well. As of this week, MU has "sold 5,105 general public basketball season tickets." That has already "passed last year’s final figure (4,434)," an uptick of 15% (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 8/17).

WHEN DOES FOOTBALL START? WVMETRONEWS.com's Allan Taylor reported West Virginia’s athletic department as of last week had projected football season-ticket sales to "top out around 27,000, continuing a five-year decline." WVU Senior Associate AD/External Affairs Matt Wells said that the football program has "sold about 26,300 packages for its six-game home schedule." The three weeks leading up to the opener typically attract an "additional 500 to 1,000 buyers." Meanwhile, WVU "sold all 17,000 seats allotted for its highly anticipated" neutral-site opener against Virginia Tech at FedExField, which was "not part of the season ticket package" (WVMETRONEWS.com, 8/11). In Wyoming, Brandon Foster reported Wyoming athletics has now sold "more than 10,000 season-tickets for the upcoming football season." The school said that there has been a 27% increase in season-ticket sales from '16. The 10,000 mark has been "met just once before," in '11, when Wyoming hosted Nebraska. Wyoming will host Oregon at home this year, as well as the Border War against Colorado State (CASPER STAR-TRIBUNE, 8/13).

CAN'T WAIT FOR SATURDAYS
: In Norfolk, Harry Minium noted Old Dominion "appears close to selling out" of football season tickets for the ninth consecutive year. ODU had "sold 12,500 tickets as of Tuesday, just a few hundred short of selling out." ODU has "sold out all 54 games in eight seasons at the 20,118-seat Foreman Field" (Norfolk VIRGINIAN-PILOT, 8/16). In Tampa, Joey Knight wrote the effect of new USF football coach Charlie Strong "hasn't resulted in a spike in season-ticket sales." The school reported last week it had sold 14,074 season tickets, a "modest dropoff from last season (15,973)," when USF's home slate included games against Florida State, Navy and UCF. On the "upside: The school reported 600 new season-ticket accounts" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 8/12). Texas Tech Senior Associate AD/External Operations & Strategic Communications Robert Giovannetti said football season-ticket sales are "about on pace." However, he noted that in odd numbered years, the school does not have home games against Texas and Oklahoma, which "contributes to ticket sales" (EVERYTHINGLUBBOCK.com, 8/15).
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