USF football season ticket sales close to last year
A year after having a high-profile home game with Florida State to help with season-ticket sales, USF hasn't seen any significant dropoff for Willie Taggart's first season, with current sales down about 1 percent from last year at this time.
USF had sold and distributed 21,409 season tickets for 2013 as of Saturday, a number that's just short of the 21,639 the Bulls reported on Aug. 7 of last season. That total included 3,250 tickets reserved for staff, trade and other in-house use, and a comparable number is likely for this season.
Last year's FSU game in Tampa, a 30-17 Seminoles win, drew a record sellout crowd of 69,383, and USF only made tickets for the game available through season tickets, using the strong presence of local FSU fans to help boost that total. This year's USF home schedule includes high-profile games against Miami and Louisville -- the 2011 home game against Miami drew an announced 57,572 -- but neither should have the season-ticket impact that FSU had a year ago.
Despite back-to-back losing seasons with 1-6 marks in Big East play, USF hasn't seen a big drop in its season tickets -- the final total for 2010 was 23,464 and 22,211 in 2011. The lack of a drop from last season comes from local interest in Taggart, who hopes to get the Bulls back to winning football after doing the same over the past three seasons at Western Kentucky.