Is A Sold-Out Season Possible?

Pitt football season tickets are flying off the presses so fast that a near record sales number is expected this year.

According to Chris Ferris, an associate athletic director for marketing at Pittsburgh, a sellout is still the goal like the Panthers had in 2003 when more than 50,000 season tickets were sold through the public sale.

"Season-ticket sales going great,'' Ferris said. "We're ahead of last year. So, we've passed last year's public sales number, and student season ticket sales are going great as well. We're in the heart of that effort with our students, so we believe we'll have the second-best season-ticket sales in school history.''

The third-highest sales year was 2005, and Pitt has nearly surpassed the 42,000 sold then.

Ferris also discussed Pitt's annual FanFest Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Heinz Field. The Panthers will meet and greet the fans and sign autographs during that time, but there will be no open practice session this year. The event is free to the public , but parking costs $10 in Gold Lots 1-2.

"There also will be season tickets on sale during FanFest and new Nike merchandise as well,'' Ferris said.

Ferris also noted that the Navy game Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. at Heinz Field will feature a fireworks show afterward. And last year's fan initiatives, the largest family tailgate, the great lawn tailgate for students adjacent to the stadium with a free grill and tailgate pack are in effect again this fall.

Single-game tickets for Youngstown State, Pitt's opener Sept. 5 at 1 p.m. at Heinz Field, are $25 and will go on sale Wednesday. Season-ticket holders have been allowed to place requests for all single-game tickets up to this point. And on Sunday, Sept. 6, the Pitt Ticket Office will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., as all remaining home games go on sale.

The Navy, Louisville, Connecticut, South Florida, Syracuse and Cincinnati games sell for $30 each, while Notre Dame tickets cost $50. And if you purchase a single-game ticket for Youngstown State, you'll get a coupon to redeem at the ticket office and get credit for a purchase for season tickets.

Note: Renewal forms for Pitt men's basketball season tickets already have been sent out and should be received by now in the mail.

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