July 13, 2007
Orlando, Fla. (www.UCFAthletics.com) -
The sale of season tickets for UCF's inaugural schedule of six home games at Bright House Networks Stadium has surpassed the total sold a year ago UCF will play its inaugural game at the 45,000-seat stadium on Sept. 15 against Texas.
To date, the UCF Athletics Association has surpassed the 20,000 season ticket sales mark for the football team's home games in 2007: Texas (Sept.15), Memphis (Sept. 22), Louisiana-Lafayette (Sept. 29), Tulsa (Oct. 20), Marshall (Nov. 3) and UTEP (Nov. 24).
"We are extremely close to our established goal for season tickets sold," said Keith Tribble, UCF's Director of Athletics and Executive Vice President. "We have noticed a large increase in awareness for the upcoming season. In season ticket sales, we've seen tremendous growth in both new accounts and current account holders wanting to expand or upgrade their season ticket levels. Our marketing and sales teams have done an outstanding job delivering our message throughout Central Florida."
The final season ticket drive kicked off this week and the school is closer to its established goal of just over 25,000 season tickets to be sold. At this point last season, UCF generated just over 12,000 season tickets for its final season at the Citrus Bowl, a campaign bolstered by the school's first bowl appearance the year prior.
In 2005, fewer than 10,000 season tickets were sold.
Bright House Networks Stadium's 24 luxury suites and 822 club level seats were the first to sell-out early in 2006. Last week, a section designated for sales to UCF full-time faculty and staff sold out. Approximately 4,500 season tickets are available.
"The urgency to secure season tickets started well before the first shovel broke ground a year ago and we want all of our fans who are either on the fence or who are waiting until the last possible moment to not hesitate any longer and call us quickly. Our sales staff can answer any questions," added Tribble, who noted by the start of this month, the UCFAA had generated over 1,200 new season ticket accounts and nearly 300 new season tickets were sold in the last two weeks.
With the opening of Bright House Networks Stadium, UCF will be playing on campus for the first time after 28 seasons at the Florida Citrus Bowl in downtown Orlando. The Texas game marks the opening of this new era of UCF football, after the Knights start the 2007 season on the road at N.C. State on Sept. 1.
Record season ticket sales and attendance growth have been prevalent in recent seasons as UCF established a new home attendance mark just last season when nearly 221,000 tickets were accounted for the Knights' seven home games at the Citrus Bowl. The previous home attendance record was established in 1988 when 153,343 attended seven UCF home games. The record was actually broken following the fifth game in 2006 when the total reached 165,811.
"The pace of our season tickets sales in just about all categories so far is providing us a genuine opportunity to reach sellout status for all six home games. Our student-athletes deserve the chance to have the most formidable home field advantage in all of Conference USA," concluded Tribble. "To reach this goal will speak volumes about the growth and outlook for the UCF football program in addition to shedding light on just how powerful our fan base can be."
To purchase season tickets for the 2007 UCF Knights home schedule call the UCF ticket sales office at (407) 823-1000. For the latest news and information on the Knights, tickets or apparel log on to www.ucfathletics.com - the official site for UCF athletics.