USF sees mild decrease in season ticket sales
Two weeks before the USF football season commences, the Charlie Strong effect still hasn't resulted in a spike in season-ticket sales.
The school reported Friday it has sold 14,074 season tickets, a modest dropoff from last season (15,973), when the Bulls' home slate included FSU, Navy and UCF.
On the upside: The school reported 600 new season-ticket accounts. Moreover, August typically is its best month for selling season tickets.
"FSU was a huge, huge draw, and a lot of people bought from us to get good seats for that game," said Scott Kull, USF's deputy athletic director for external operations. "But the good thing is that people who have bought season tickets for three consecutive years renewed this year at about 90 percent."
Likely pulling down sales this year is an anemic non-conference home slate (Stony Brook, Massachusetts, Illinois), and three non-Saturday home games: Illinois (Friday Sept. 15), Temple (Thursday, Sept. 21) and Tulsa (Thursday, Nov. 16).
"Those aren't excuses, they're just facts based on our analytics that show when people and particularly families come to games," Kull said. "And we don't control that."
The Bulls play their first home game Sept. 2 against Stony Brook.