Season Ticket Sales On Pace

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina's 2005 football ticket sales are apparently now on pace with last season. UNC Director of Ticket Operations Clint Gwaltney said he expects Carolina to meet or exceed last year's total of approximately 30,000 individual season tickets sold.

As of Thursday, roughly 26,000 had been sold, which includes six home games with Wisconsin, Utah, Virginia, Boston College, Maryland and Duke.

Season ticket books are $181 apiece.

Individual game tickets will go on sale Aug. 1.

"And there are plenty of good seats remaining," said Gwaltney, a former UNC kicker and the school's seventh all-time leading scorer.

The first five contests will provide the Tar Heels with distinct opportunities to avenge earlier losses and the chance to prove just how far the program as come under fifth-year coach John Bunting.

In 2003, Carolina hung tough at Wisconsin before falling 38-27.

Most fans would like to forget the 669 total yards Alex Smith and then No. 11 Utah rang up on the Tar Heels in a 46-16 rout in Salt Lake City last year; much like the 549 total yards 15th ranked Virginia tallied earlier that season in a 56-24 rout of UNC in Charlottesville.

The Tar Heels will also get another shot at Boston College following the Tire Bowl defeat.

The last time Maryland came to Chapel Hill was a 59-7 Terp rout in 2002, and Bunting will be looking for his first win over Ralph Friedgen.

And, of course, the Battle for the Bell versus Duke will take place at Kenan Stadium as well this year.

The Tar Heels took care of business at home last year with two of its most exciting wins in recent memory – 31-28 over fourth-ranked Miami and 30-24 over N.C. State – ultimately salvaging a 6-6 season seemingly against all odds.

Tickets can be purchased either by logging on to or by calling the UNC ticket office at (919) 962-2296.

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