Associate athletic director Mike Richey said this afternoon that tickets for the rivalry games with both LSU and Ole Miss are on sale, as well as non-conference games with Louisiana Tech and Tennessee-Martin. "And the three-game mini-pack is still available," Richey added. "In fact that is the only way right now to get a ticket to the South Carolina game."
That home-field showdown with the preseason Eastern Division favorite is part of the mini-pack plan along with Tech and Martin. As of lunchtime, "We have 263 mini-packs left," Richey said. That is down from the 590 total announced just a dozen days ago.
Richey did not have an updated exact count on Egg Bowl tickets that are now on public sale, but neither does he expect them to last long with the word getting out. Ole Miss, which had already requested a lower allotment of visitors tickets than did State's other Western Division rivals, returned around 1,000 of what they had asked for.
"I don't have the number left right now but I'm assuming it is inside 500 tickets," Richey said. "And after this week the number will be closer because the general public can buy them now." These tickets are $70 for a seat at DWS as Mississippi State attempts its firs three-year win streak in the Battle for the Golden Egg in seven decades.
The surprise is that there are some LSU tickets being returned, a rarity in this rivalry for either side. Though, Richey noted, the fact that the Tigers are kicking off in Dallas against Oregon; and that this is a Thursday evening matchup in Starkville had to factor into lower sales than usual. Still it is ironic that more tickets remain for a game with LSU than for Louisiana Tech as of today, though Richey added that because the latter game is part of the mini-pack that sped up such sales. For that matter UT-Martin sales are naturally strong as that is Homecoming.
The price for single-game LSU tickets remains $75.
Even before putting such tickets on open market, "Sales have been pretty brisk," per Richey of single game ducats purchased by Bulldog Club members and MSU donors. Now the Ticket Office will expect a rush on remaining tickets given the flip of calendar page and realization from fans that kickoff is just a month away.
And speaking of time, though the 2011-12 basketball schedule has not been completed—the Southeaster Conference waited until after it was settled that there would indeed be a NFL season this winter—the Bulldog Club has gone ahead and set a September 1 priority deadline for members and major gift donors.