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USF hopeful of sellout for Wisconsin game

The Bulls anticipate a crowd of roughly 48,000 for Friday night’s season opener.
USF fans celebrate after their team scores a touchdown in the first half against Navy at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Friday, October 28, 2016. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times] [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
USF fans celebrate after their team scores a touchdown in the first half against Navy at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Friday, October 28, 2016. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times] [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
Published Aug. 27, 2019

TAMPA ― In terms of fan turnout, USF may triumph before its first snap Friday night against No. 19 Wisconsin.

The Bulls are anticipating a sellout of sorts at Raymond James Stadium. The school indicated Tuesday it is close to selling every available seat in the stadium’s lower bowl. The capacity, when counting suites and space for USF’s band, is 48,007.

Seats in the upper deck won’t be sold for this game, USF reiterated.

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If the game sells out, the crowd would be the 17th-largest for a home game in school history.

Reaching that number is contingent upon USF students taking all 10,000 tickets allotted for them in the stadium’s north end zone. USF reported that as of Tuesday ― only the second day of classes for the fall semester ― it already had received requests for 5,000 student tickets.

Wisconsin, meantime, had the option to take an allotment of 5,000 but chose to accept only 2,000. Wisconsin spokesman Brian Lucas said he expects the school to use about 1,500 but warned a “preponderance” of Badgers fans are expected to get tickets from other sources.

All USF tickets are in digital form, and can be purchased at this link.

Contact Joey Knight at Follow @TBTimes_Bulls.


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