UCF Football Season Tickets Sell Out For First Time In School History
UCF football has "sold out its entire allotment of season tickets" for the first time in school history, according to Matt Murschel of the ORLANDO SENTINEL. UCF has won 25 of its last 26 games, including back-to-back AAC championships and consecutive appearances in CFP New Year’s Six bowl games. The demand for tickets has "forced the athletics department to create a waiting list for future season tickets." The issue of ticket demand has "even re-ignited the discussion of possibly expanding Spectrum Stadium from its current 44,206 capacity." UCF averaged 44,018 spectators for its eight contests last season, "tying the previous single-season average high from the team’s inaugural season at Spectrum Stadium" in '07 (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 8/13). UCF AD Danny White noted that the "only tickets expected to be available this season will be any returned tickets from visiting teams unable to fill their ticket shares for road trips to Orlando" (NBCSPORTS.com, 8/12).
NUMBERS GAME: Memphis interim AD Allie Prescott said that the school has "sold 'at or over' 20,000 football season tickets" for this season. In Memphis, Evan Barnes notes the school "did not reveal how many season tickets were sold last season," but ahead of the '17 season, the school had "sold 22,500 season tickets, a program record." Attendance at the Liberty Bowl last year "declined for a third consecutive season, and the average announced attendance of 30,178 fans was the lowest for Memphis" since '13. Prescott "expects a large crowd for the season opener against visiting Ole Miss on Aug. 31." The '15 game against Ole Miss "drew 60,241 fans to the Liberty Bowl" (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 8/13). Memphis announced on Friday that Laird Veatch would become the school's next AD (THE DAILY).