27 Days Until The Big Ten

Rutgers University sits 27 days away from Big Ten membership, and ScarletReport.com is here to count down the days in style. A conference upgrade creates significant opportunities in ticket sales. We examine the latest with 27,000 season tickets expected to be sold for the 2014 season.

Rutgers football finally has the schedule to match its goals under coach Kyle Flood, and season ticket sales continue to reflect the challenge.

The 25,000th season ticket for 2014 sold this week with another 2,000 expected to be sold before Rutgers kicks off its season on the road against Washington State. With a targeted goal of 26,000 or 27,000 according to chief marketing officer Geoff Brown, Rutgers sits on track.

Heading into athletic director Julie Hermann's second year and the start of Big Ten membership, ticket numbers are on the rise for Rutgers.

Inside the Numbers

Rutgers season ticket sales are up 13.4 percent from 2013 and 35 percent from 2012. Those increases project to sit at a 22 percent and 46 percent when 2014 season ticket sales conclude.

More than 93 percent of 2013 season-ticket holders renewed for the 2014 season.

Rutgers sold more than 4,500 new season tickets as of June 3.

Thanks largely to home games against Penn State and Michigan, mini-plan sales sit at 1,181 sold compared to just 486 in 2013 – a 143 percent boost.

High Point Solutions Stadium seats 52,000 at capacity with an estimated 27,000 seats (52 percent) going to season ticket holders. With 10,000 seats allotted to students, 3,000 for visitors and 1,000 for hospitality and player guests, approximately 11,000 seats will be available per game to the general public.

Since the 2009 stadium expansion, Rutgers exceeded 50,000 fans seven times and sold out five times.

The Sept. 1, 2009 loss to Cincinnati remains the attendance record with 53,737 tickets sold.

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