WSU football: Ticket sales are taking off

PULLMAN - Ticket sales for the 2014 WSU football season are booming right now, and this seems like only the beginning. CF.C talked to Director of Ticket Operations Paul Finn to get the scoop on the trending ticket sales for the upcoming installment of Cougar football - including seasons tickets and the Seattle Game.

Finn said the 2014 schedule, featuring six games in Pullman plus one in Seattle, is a big reason why ticket sales have increased. About 13,000 season tickets have been sold as of late Thursday evening, an amount that is expected to rise even more once fall camp starts in August. The number of season tickets sold already represents 500 more than were purchased last season.

"If you have not been to Martin Stadium ever, or perhaps in a while, I encourage you to come see a venue that you will not even recognize," Finn said. "Every aspect of the Cougar Football Experience has been upgraded and updated. Something special is happening in Pullman!"

Roughly 5,000 current season ticket holders have bought tickets to the first game of the season, which this year is the annual Seattle Game, against Rutgers. That number of tickets sold is also better than last year at this time, said Finn.

There are still plenty of great seats available for the Rutgers game though, because tickets have not yet gone on sale to the general public. That changes on Saturday, June 28, when the general public can buy tickets to the Seattle Game online at wsucougars.com, beginning at 10 a.m.

In order to maintain and increase the amount of tickets sold, the sales team has made an effort to make the experience at Cougar football games appealing to people who enjoy college football, Finn said. By meeting the needs to people interested in the event, and also by keeping in touch with past customers, WSU has been able to produce the sales numbers they have during the 2014 preseason.

In addition to the Seattle Game, some other games will also become available as the season draws closer. All away games are on sale right now and according to Finn, the game against Nevada on Friday, Sept. 5, is the best-selling game away from Martin Stadium so far.

On Saturday, August 2, single game tickets for home games will be offered to the general public -- Finn expects games to sell out quickly once that date arrives.

"We dynamically price our single game tickets which means the price may adjust per game depending on demand," Finn said. "That will be something that we will watch very closely with the secondary market. We want to be the best deal on all Cougar Football tickets."

Cougar Athletic Fund members need to keep this date in mind: Friday, July 1. That is the last day to buy away game tickets and sit by their CAF Rank. Saturday, July 19 is another big day for CAF members and season ticket holders, as they will have exclusive access to buying seats for single home games. Membership in the CAF starts as low as $50 a year.

If buying tickets to a single game or going to every single one don't sound like viable options, the sales team has a third alternative. Mini-plans allow customers to buy tickets for a selection of games that end up being cheaper than buying tickets to those individual games in the same section, Finn said.

The Crimson Pack comes with tickets to the Portland State, Arizona and the Apple Cup games. The Gray Pack offers tickets for games against Oregon, California and USC. Fans can choose to sit in sections near either end zone if they purchase these mini-packs. These bundles of Cougar football games are currently on sale to the general public as well.

The main ticket office at Martin Stadium is open Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Fans can also go online HERE to purchase tickets, and anyone who wants to buy group seating at the stadium should call 1-800-Go-Cougs.

The WSU sales team is also opening a new office around August 1 in downtown Spokane that will have tickets, merchandise and Cougar Gold available for customers, Finn said.

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