Bulls expect 35,000 for Saturday opener
It is a nearly anonymous I-AA opponent in Stony Brook, and there is still the economy to keep in perspective, but USF expects to draw a crowd of about 35,000 fans for Saturday's Bulls opener at Raymond James Stadium. Despite being the debut of new Bulls coach Skip Holtz, that would be down about 5,000 fans from last year's nearly anonymous I-AA opener against Wofford, which drew an announced 40,360.
The best USF crowd ever for a I-AA game was the 48,058 announced for USF's 2008 opener against Tennessee-Martin, which came the fall after the Bulls' rise to No. 2 in the national polls. The crowd would be more in line with the 2007 opener against Elon, which drew an announced 33,639, up from 26,351 for McNeese State in 2006.
USF has made single-game tickets to Saturday's game available for as low as $5 -- Stony Brook has never played a Division I-A opponent in its history, but won a share of the Big South Conference last season.