Mississippi State announced Tuesday that sales of tickets to the 2015 home schedule have surpassed 48,000. An exact figure was not available as it changes every day, or rather every hour.
What the Ticket Office can report is less than 2,200 season tickets remain available. Both priority season tickets ($340) and non-priority ducats ($220) are still available.
With every new Bulldog ducat claimed, the record-setting total for season tickets sold grows. In mid-May, the Ticket Office announced sales had reached 46,000 which surpassed the 2014 standard of 45,575. All these announced records include the standard 11,000 tickets reserved for students/guests and to be picked up in August.
Davis Wade Stadium, which re-opened last August in renovated and expanded form, has a published capacity of 61,337. This of course was exceeded during the 2014 season. The current record is 62,945 who watched Coach Dan Mullen’s men knock off #2-ranked Auburn…a win that vaulted the Bulldogs to #1 national ranking for the program’s first time ever.
The ’15 Bulldog lineup is largely familiar with plenty returning starters, along with alternates and backups, from a team which went unbeaten on Scott Field last fall. With those wins, and the memorable 2013 overtime victory in the Egg Bowl, Bulldog teams have won the last eight games played on the home field.
That success streak, a squad led by the reigning All-SEC quarterback Dak Prescott, and a premier recruiting class combine to raise demand for tickets to record levels.
“The excitement is building as we draw closer to another Bulldog football season,” said athletic director Scott Stricklin in a provided statement. “Mississippi State fans have purchased tickets in record numbers and their support has been unwavering.”
Most all of the varsity and new Bulldogs have been on campus for the first summer semester, which concludes this week. The second semester begins July 6. Mississippi State coaches have been on their own summer break since concluding weeks of campus camps.
Mullen and three Bulldog seniors will represent Mississippi State at the SEC’s Media Days press conference. State has drawn the July 14 afternoon slot.
The 2016 Bulldogs report for preseason on August 2 and begin practices the next day. Mississippi State kicks off the season at Southern Mississippi on September 5. It is the first meeting of the programs in football since 1990.