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An attractive home schedule including a national program and four prime fall dates. Aspirations of national prominence (again). The best player in West Virginia history. Add it all up, and it's no surprise that tickets to Mountaineer football games will again be scarce in 2008.

As West Virginia's sports season heads toward the doldrums of July, there is no such corresponding lag in season ticket sales. According to Deputy Director of Athletics Mike Parsons, WVU is right on track for another sellout in that area.

"Right now, we're around the 33,000 mark," Parsons said. "We can sell roughly 38,000, so we are on a good pace."

With football season still two and a half months away, it's a lock that WVU will sell out of season tickets. And given the prime home dates (four consecutive games between Sept. 27 and Oct. 23), the presence of Heisman Trophy candidate Patrick White and a solid roster of teams, it's not inconceivable that every home game will be a sellout by the time the season rolls around.

As the calendar flips from June to July, the pace of ticket sales typically slows, but it picks up again once fall practice begins in August and football takes center stage in the public consciousness. That boost will assuredly send WVU's season ticket sales to their maximum levels, and will also boost single game tickets sales as well. And while late season game sales are often impacted by weather and season performance concerns, the key nature of those contests on WVU's slate this year (Cincinnati on Nov. 8 and USF on Dec. 6) are likely to have great impact on the Big East championship race and a possible BCS bid, so there also won't be much waiting around to purchase tickets for those contests. Factor in Senior Day festivities for White and a handful of players who have created the most successful stretch of football success in school history, and packed houses for all seven home dates in 2008 seem to be a certainty.

Determination of the availability of single game tickets will come later in the summer, after season ticket orders are tabulated and orders form Mountaineer Athletic Club members are factored in. For some games, single tickets become available 1-2 weeks prior to the game due to returns from the visiting school's allotment.

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