Minnesota Sees 300% Increase In Demand For Football Tickets
Univ. of Minnesota AD Mark Coyle said that demand for football season tickets has "grown by 300% from last year" following the team's 11-2 season and Outback Bowl victory over Auburn, according to Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. Coyle said, "There is no doubt that that win (over Auburn) has had a huge impact." He added, "We have sold four times as many new football season tickets today than we did at this point a year ago. We have a lot of excitement. Our renewals are running ahead of schedule. I think they're more than 10 percent ahead of where we were at this point a year ago." Coyle said that in addition to increased season-ticket sales, the football program's success has "boosted fundraising." Meanwhile, Coyle said that work "continues on major renovations for several programs." He said that one of the biggest things for the school after opening the Athletes Village in '18 is to "continue to move forward with projects that can help recruiting." Coyle: "Facilities are a big part of what we do, and it's part of that 'wow' factor when we go out and recruit student-athletes to come compete in one of our 25 sports" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 2/6).