Season ticket sales down 12 percent from '08
USF's season ticket sales continue to fall behind last year's pace, but the dropoff is comparable to what other state football programs are dealing with this fall.
USF has sold 20,131 season tickets -- up 648 from one month ago -- and when you include other tickets reserved for trade, staff and spirit groups, the total is 23,349, which is down 12 percent from a year ago, according to executive associate athletic director Bill McGillis.
USF established a school record last season with 27,879 total season tickets distributed, and the school will continue to sell season tickets until the team's second home game on Sept. 19. The athletic department's annual budget anticipated 15 percent less in expenses this season from surcharges paid to the Tampa Sports Authority from each ticket sold.
USF's latest update comes one day after Florida State athletic director Randy Spetman told the Orlando Sentinel that FSU's season ticket sales are down 13 percent from last year. USF's numbers are down from 2008, but actually ahead of where the Bulls were two years ago.
The Bulls have not made individual single-game tickets available for its marquee home games against West Virginia and Miami, though tickets are available for those games when purchased in groups of 20 or more. USF has put single-game tickets on sale for its first two home games, against I-AA opponents Wofford and Charleston Southern.
-- Another set of bowl projections -- ESPN.com's Bruce Feldman is picking the Bulls to win the Big East and play in the Orange Bowl against ACC champ Virginia Tech. The same page has a second set of projections from Mark Schlabach, who isn't nearly as sold on the Bulls, picking USF to return to the St. Petersburg Bowl against Tulsa.
-- Unfortunate news from USF's athletic department, which announced Tuesday night that football practices will be closed to the media. The first half-hour of each practice had previously been open to the media. Coaches and players will continue to be available for interviews after practice.
We've been able to provide lots of coverage in the past week and in past seasons based on making the most of that first half-hour, but we'll continue to aim for the best coverage we can give under the limitations set forth by USF.
-- Just a reminder that we'll have a live chat here on the blog Wednesday at 1 p.m. -- already lots of good questions submitted, but keep them coming and stop by if you can ...