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June 19, 2008 12:13 PM

Huskies report season ticket sales ahead of last year

Posted by Bob Condotta

UW's athletic web site has this story reporting that season ticket sales for football are 800 ahead of last year at this time. It also says that student ticket sales and Tyee sales are also up from a year ago and that all visiting seats for the opener at Oregon are sold out.

The Huskies had an average home attendance last season of 67,732, which ranked third in the Pac-10 behind USC (87,486) and UCLA (76,379) and came in a year when UW had one of its most attractive home schedules with Boise State, Ohio State, USC, Oregon and Washington State. This year's home schedule is similarly heavy-weighted with home games against BYU, Notre Dame and Oklahoma out of conference and UCLA and the return of Rick Neuheisel in Pac-10 play, which is surely a big reason for the uptick.

To play devil's advocate to the optimistic tone of the story, however, it's worth noting that UW's attendance a year ago ranked as the fourth-lowest for the Huskies since 1990. All four have come in the last four seasons. The Huskies averaged more than 70,000 fans per home game every year from 1990-2003.

Here are the averages since 2004:

2004 --- 64,737
2005 --- 64,362
2006 --- 57,483
2007 --- 67,732

Also worth passing along today is this report from the Longview Daily News on the UW coaches tour stop on Wednesday. Yes, Tyrone Willingham was there for what was the final coaches tour stop of the year.

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