USF could help FAU to first home sellout
Strong ticket sales amid the excitement surrounding No. 6 USF could make Saturday's game at Florida Atlantic the first sellout in the program's seven-year history, Owls coach Howard Schnellenberg said Monday.
"I think that very well could be," Schnellenberger said during the Sun Belt Conference weekly coaches' teleconference. "We'd be getting a big jump from the faithful fans in Tampa, but that's the way it goes. ... It's within the realm of possibility."
Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale only has a capacity of 20,500 fans, but the most the Owls have drawn at Lockhart was 16,421 against Oklahoma State in 2005. The program's first-ever game, against Slippery Rock in 2001, drew 25,632 at Pro Player Stadium in Miami.
Schnellenberger, who visited USF's football staff as he was launching his program, was very complmentary of the Bulls, saying USF was "a great example of what the future of Florida Atlantic could be if we do the right things."
USF is coming off the first home sellout in its 11-year history, with a capacity crowd of 67,018 fans in attendance Friday night as the Bulls knocked off then-No. 5 West Virginia at Raymond James Stadium.