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Season ticket sales............Uh Oh!!!!

Post  MULECHOPS on Sun Jul 29, 2012 11:19 am

Ben Jones
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Student season ticket sales for Kentucky football are down more than 50 percent compared to at the end of July 2011, according to information obtained by Cats Illustrated by an open records request.

There were 35,716 total season tickets sold as of Wednesday afternoon. Of those, 2,082 were student season tickets and 33,634 were non-student season tickets. The student sales are a 53 percent drop from the 4,402 student season tickets sold through the end of July last year.




Season ticket sales are down about 20 percent from this time a year ago, according to information released to Cats Illustrated in an open records request.
The precipitous drop of student tickets is part of a larger overall drop. Season ticket sales through Wednesday were 19.4 percent behind where they were at the end of July 2011, according to the records request, which was filed Wednesday.

Non-student season ticket sales were down 15.6 percent. At this time a year ago, there were 39,889 non-student season tickets sold and 44,291 total season tickets sold.

There were 6,274 student season tickets sold by July 31, 2009 and 7,025 by that date in 2010, but only 4,402 sold by July 31 a year ago and only 2,082 sold as of Wednesday for this season. Only 6,500 student season tickets are available this year, according to UK's website.

That's a drop of more than 70 percent from this time in 2010, and more than 67 percent from this time in 2009. Student tickets for 2011 and 2012 went on sale in mid-July, but they could be preordered in spring in previous years.

There were 54,995 total season tickets sold through the end of July 2009, the final season former UK head coach Rich Brooks coached the team. That puts season ticket sales for this year just more than 35 percent behind those numbers.

Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips implored fans to stick with his team in an impassioned speech at the football kickoff luncheon on Friday.

"These players come to UK because of you, the fans," he We're out there selling you. We sell the fact that since the expansion of Commonwealth Stadium, we've had 11 years in the top 25 for attendance. We're selling you. We're selling the fans."

Attendance at Commonwealth Stadium averaged 60,007 last year. A crowd of 68,170, the largest home crowd of the season, saw the Wildcats lose to Louisville on Sept. 17. Capacity at Commonwealth Stadium is 67,942.

Phillips became choked up at times while speaking on Friday about the importance of fan support.

"Get behind this team," he said. "It's your team. We're selling you, the fans. Don't do it for Joker Phillips. I don't care how you feel about Joker Phillips or the staff. Do it for these young men that have agreed to come here to represent you and agreed to represent you the right way."

A story run Friday in The (Lexington) Herald Leader indicated season ticket sales were down 27 percent compared to the total sold before the season opener last year.

Season ticket sales through the end of July by season

2009 Student: 6,274 Regular: 48,721 Total: 54,995
2010 Student: 7,025 Regular: 43,813 Total: 50,838
2011 Student: 4,402 Regular: 39,889 Total: 44,291
2012* Student: 2,082 Regular: 33,634 Total: 35,716

*Numbers through Wednesday, July 25
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Re: Season ticket sales............Uh Oh!!!!

Post  MULECHOPS on Wed Aug 22, 2012 11:27 am

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Kentucky football season ticket sales still are lagging far behind previous seasons, according to information obtained by CatsIllustrated.com in an open records request.

A total of 37,154 season tickets have been sold, according to the records request. There were 46,905 tickets sold as of Aug. 16, 2011. That's a decrease of 20.8 percent in season ticket sales this year from a similar time a year ago.

Ticket numbers for this season exclude tickets sold in the past five days, according to UK athletics. UK reported on its website a 4.7 percent increase in ticket sales since July 26.

There were 51,814 season tickets sold by Aug. 15, 2010, and 55,056 sold by Aug. 16, 2009. Season ticket sales to this point are down 32.5 percent from a similar time in 2009.

As previously reported by CatsIllustrated.com, the most dramatic drop has come in student season tickets.

Only 2,447 student season tickets have been sold compared to 5,880 as of Aug. 16, 2011. That's a decrease of more than 58 percent.

Student ticket sales overall have fallen 65 percent from 2010, when 6,979 were sold by Aug. 10, and 60 percent from 2009, when 6,196 student season tickets were sold by Aug. 16.


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Post  MULECHOPS on Fri Sep 07, 2012 11:32 pm

UK had to RETURN alloted tickets for the game.



THANKS JOKER!
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