Popularity Driving Ticket Prices Higher

With the additions of Coach Huggins and Coach Prince, K-State Athletics is riding a wave of popularity. A new group of fans has developed and the new popularity of the KSU coaches with the fan base has meant a change in ticket sales----and new prices.

New coaches - Ron Prince and Bob Huggins -- have translated into new Kansas State fans for the 2006 football season, and 2006-2007 men's basketball year.

With the Wildcats' football opener on Sept. 2 against Illinois State, K-State has currently sold close to 37,000, which does not include a second wave of student sales beginning today.

"With these new student sales, we hope that the total figure will go over 38,000" said KSU associate athletics director Casey Scott, who said that general public sales are up around 1,300.

Last year, K-State sold a total of 36,563 season-tickets, which included student sales.

Of the season sales, around 700 are located in the new 1,900-seat north end zone area. A year ago, K-State sold 365 season tickets in that area, which included only folding chairs on a grassy slope.

Eight games are on KSU's home schedule, which includes a Sept. 23 date against Louisville, Oct. 14 against Nebraska, and Nov. 11 with Texas. The respective cost of those single-game tickets is $55, $70 and $70.

Also priced at $55 are games on Oct. 7 against Oklahoma State and Oct. 28 against Iowa State. The remaining games are priced at $35 - Sept. 2 Illinois State, Sept. 9 Florida Atlantic and Sept. 16 Marshall.

Scott reports that single-game tickets are available for all games.

Season tickets are price from $143 for KSU students, to $300 for public chairbacks.

The Huggins-factor has produced a mega-boost in men's basketball with sales going from 6,679 in 2005-2006 to a current number of 10,400 with the season-opener two-plus months away.

The majority of the first-time offering of 20 courtside seats have also been sold at $4,000 per chair, plus the cost of a season ticket.

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