Mississippi State has officially surpassed the 50,000 mark for season ticket sales. The Ticket Office announced today a most-current count of 50,311 tickets are accounted for. That total does include a released figure of 10,500 tickets for student use, out of the annual set-aside 11,000.
The announcement also noted less than 300 season tickets remain for purchasing. That is with two-and-a-half weeks left before Coach Dan Mullen’s Bulldogs open the home schedule on September 12.
”The passion of our Bulldog fan base heading into this season has been unprecedented with the amount of season tickets we’ve sold,” athletic director Stricklin said in a provided statement.
The season sales record was smashed months ago. In mid-summer the official count topped last year’s standard of 45,575. By late July the count was nearing 49,000 and Stricklin was asked if 50,000 was realistic now. The AD said he was optimistic at the time.
Optimism has now been rewarded with results. And as the 2015 season nears with the natural boost in enthusiasm kickoff creates, remaining ducats ought to move. Mississippi State has sold out Davis Wade Stadium in previous years…but that was before the expansion and renovation completed in August 2014 raised official capacity to 61,337. And if all season tickets weren’t taken before the ’14 campaign the walk-up and single-game sales more than filled unclaimed seats for a series of sellouts.
Raised expectations for the 2015 Bulldogs are coupled with the every-other-fall ‘good’ home schedule, too. This season brings all three of the chiefest rivals to Scott Field in Louisiana State, Alabama, and finally the Battle for the Golden Egg.
It is against LSU that the 101st year of football on Scott Field, second-longest campus venue for a major college program, will kick off. The Bulldogs do open the complete slate a week from Saturday at Southern Mississippi, allowing a little extra time to move remaining ducats.
Priority season tickets are $340, and non-priority $220. There is also a mini-pac plan involving three of four home games; Northwestern State, Troy, Louisiana Tech, and Kentucky. Price depends on which trio is selected. None of those four foes needed a significant allotment of tickets, leaving State more to sell in package plans.