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Season ticket sales haven't slowed down at all. As a matter of fact, they seem to be picking up.

Ole Miss is selling between 100 and 200 season tickets every business day, and it's Aug. 4. The first home game isn't until Sept. 19.

Are Ole Miss fans the ones buying most of the tickets? Could the place actually sell out in season tickets?

The answers are most likely on the former and we'll see on the latter.

Certainly some fans of Alabama, LSU, Tennessee, and Arkansas have bought Ole Miss season tickets this year. But as the summer has moved on, Ole Miss fans continue to buy them as the excitement builds with the team's arrival this weekend.

"We're past 46,000 right now," said Sans Russell, Assistant Athletics Director for Ticket Operations, which includes projected student season ticket sales of about 7,500. "We're busy every day selling more tickets."

They are also busy processing orders and printing tickets. The first batch to go out in the next few days will be road tickets that have been ordered – except for the Mississippi State game. Those will be mailed later.

Season tickets also won't be mailed until later in the month since the first home game isn't until Southeastern Louisiana comes to Oxford on Sept. 19.

While home game sales are moving briskly, road tickets are not moving as well.

The Memphis game is the best seller out of the Ole Miss ticket office to date, and that's about 6,500 currently sold. Some Ole Miss fans likely have purchased their tickets in Memphis, and others are waiting until game day.

Ole Miss-Memphis was for years a sold-out affair, mainly when it was a Saturday night game and was not televised. The long-running series takes a break after this year's contest, scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Sept. 6 on ESPN at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

About 4,000 tickets have been sold through the Ole Miss ticket office for the Mississippi State game in Starkville, and close to that same number have been purchased for the Vanderbilt game in Nashville. Sales to both are expected to pick up as the season moves ahead.

Ticket purchases for road games at Auburn and South Carolina have been less than that to this point.

Fans who feel they want to attend any road games should go ahead and buy tickets now if they haven't already. Ole Miss doesn't need to be held financially accountable for unsold tickets. So they will eventually be returned to the respective schools.

"Those schools are going to be asking us to send them back, especially the ones who believe they can sell them," Russell said.

That would most likely be Auburn and South Carolina at this point.

Season tickets still remain to be sold in sections A and J on the west side of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and also sections K and L on the east side. Some also remain unsold in the south end zone. The north end zone sold out weeks ago.

Student tickets go on sale Monday, Aug. 17.

Meet The Rebels is set for the IPF on Saturday, Aug. 22.


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