Husky Football Blog
Times reporter Bob Condotta keeps the news coming about the Montlake Dawgs.
June 19, 2008 12:13 PM
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.
Posted by Big Baby Jesus I Can't Wait
1:12 PM, Jun 19, 2008
Posted by Stinkycabbage
1:18 PM, Jun 19, 2008
They raised ticket prices 2 years ago, that probably accounts for the 2006 year. What was that money going to be used for; football, stadium, other sports?
Posted by JimMorarulz!
1:24 PM, Jun 19, 2008
67,732 doesn't seem to be bad, since capacity is only 75.
still Jim Mora jr would have filled it to capacity
Posted by Dawgfan1
1:29 PM, Jun 19, 2008
This is definitely good news. Capacity is 72,500 BTW. I know there have been bigger crowds, but that was either due to temporary stands in the mid 1990's or band day/people on the track (like Ohio State last year).
I would expect attendance to be about the same as last year, unless there is a significant improvement in performance --- i.e. 7+ wins. Bowl eligibility should really get the fans to turn out for some of the later games. A fast start will also go a long way!
Posted by Bob Condotta
1:33 PM, Jun 19, 2008
Stinky ---Good point about prices being raised, although I think sports are pretty much immune to that. Seahawks prices have about doubled the past five years and they have a huge waiting list because they are winning. If UW was going 10-2, the place would be sold out every game regardless of the recent price hike.
Mora --- It's not that bad, but getting sell outs against teams like Boise State, Ohio State and USC early helped a lot. And the Apple Cup always sells out no matter what. The Arizona and Cal games each had attendances in the 60-61 range.
Posted by dawg4life
1:45 PM, Jun 19, 2008
Thanks for the clairification Boise....kinda missed that.
Additionally my mention of BYU and the WAC was based on history, but I should have mentioned MW.
There will be several Saturdays this season when Husky Stadium is packed and loud like the old days. Can't wait!
Posted by BoiseTruth
3:00 PM, Jun 19, 2008
No problem dawg4life. I probably should have been more clear to start with.
Posted by dogtired
3:09 PM, Jun 19, 2008
excuse me but the return of Slick Rick is not the reason for the uptick. I really don't care to see him again and would boycott the game if it wasn't for wanting to support our DAWGS! I think the reason for the uptick is the fact we have some pretty awesome frosh coming in along with those who redshirted last year. Young team, yes but it could be a very exciting team to watch.
Posted by jh
3:16 PM, Jun 19, 2008
..."Yes, Tyrone Willingham was there for what was the final coaches tour stop of the year."...
...what a guy!...
Posted by jh
3:18 PM, Jun 19, 2008
...P.S...the ND game will be a sellout...50+% ND fans...
Posted by Matt
3:20 PM, Jun 19, 2008
I cannot imagine that who we play at home has any correlation to season ticket sales. I doubt people buy season tickets because of the "other team." They are bought because of the Huskies. I speak for myself, but like I said, I have a hard time believing many season ticket holders think otherwise.
Posted by Fudazz
3:25 PM, Jun 19, 2008
Thanks for showing up Ty. You just gotta love this guy.
Posted by jh
4:31 PM, Jun 19, 2008
...I don't remember referencing season tickets...do you?...
Posted by SnohomishRick
5:27 PM, Jun 19, 2008
Going to the game jh? I'm sure there is a number of us here that would love to runover ,er, run into you.
Posted by mutt
7:50 PM, Jun 19, 2008
Season ticket sells mean nothing other than some people can afford gas......or may get it after the first few games? Did Mello past on or win the lottery or something?
Posted by huskyfan
2:06 AM, Jun 20, 2008
i love that UW grabbed Lakes standouts jermaine kearse and kavario middleton those kids are tremendous athletes but why didn't the huskies offer teammate koreye dixon (EWU commit)? i've seen this kid play he's absolutely amazing, kind of reminds me of reggie bush or a devin hester the way this kid makes people miss.i find it hard to believe he's only going to eastern washington,he's VERY underrated, if you ask me i'd say he was the best athlete on the team but that's just an opinion. this kid is a legit pac-10 caliber player they really should have added him to the mix. somebody should do somethin to get him at the dub within the next two seasons. if not i hope you guys can follow his career. i can see this kid getting drafte in the first 3 rounds in about 4 years..
Posted by jh
4:11 AM, Jun 20, 2008
...huskyfan...Bobbi doesn't like it when you post the same message on two different sites...I'll talk to him personally so he doesn't banish you to the "Talk To TY" blog...a one-sided conversation site...
P.S....if you really want willingham to notice a good recruit...do what Brady Quinn did trying to get an offer from ND...he had the father of a willingham recruit from the same high school make a personal appeal to willingham and sent him game tapes...after going through QB recruit after recruit that signed with other schools...willingham finally offered Quinn...true story...
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