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FSU season tickets sold out and Miami wants fans to come to fewer games

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Call it a tale of two programs, if you will. On one side, in Tallahassee, you have reigning national champions Florida State, a considerable favorite in the early playoff discussion for 2014 with a Heisman Trophy quarterback and a roster ready to make another run at an ACC title and perhaps defend its spot on top of the college football world. On the other hand, in Miami, you have a program still looking to recapture the glory of days past, with a new head coach now leading a program without any clouds looming over the program with uncertainty. The story of how tickets are being sold pretty much sums up where these two old rivals stand today, heading into the 2014 season.

For the first time since 2003, Florida State has sold every available ticket for the season. The school reports selling more than 45,000 tickets since winning the BCS Championship Game against Auburn. Season tickets were renewed at a 96 percent rate and more than 3,000 new season ticket packages were sold. There are still a few ticket packages to be sold to boosters and there will be some single-game tickets to be sold, but the point is Florida State is cashing in on the rewards of winning a national championship.

“We are excited about the enthusiasm surrounding the upcoming football season,” FSU athletic director Stan Wilcox said in a release. “Following the National Championship, the Athletics staff and Boosters worked hand-in-hand to ensure the momentum generated by the team and coaching staff last year continued this year.  A full Doak Campbell stadium is representative of those efforts.”

At Miami, the Hurricanes are left trying out new ideas to encourage fans to purchase tickets. That includes encouraging fans to attend fewer games. Wait, it makes sense.

Knowing that fans can sometimes struggle to purchase full season packages for any sporting event, Miami is offering fans a chance to purchase smaller ticket packages for a fraction of the home games. If six game plans are too expensive, perhaps a two-game package is more fitting. For Miami, anything is worth a shot considering the difficulty it can be for the program to fill Joe Robbie Stadium Pro Player Park Dolphins Stadium Land Shark Stadium Sun Life Stadium on a Saturday afternoon. Since moving home football games to the home of the Miami Dolphins from the old Orange Bowl to build this monstrosity, crowd shots of Miami games have become something of a running joke for many on social media. Miami faces a number of concerns other universities do with selling tickets, so any new ideas that can used are always going to be worth experimenting with.

Miami’s home schedule includes games against Florida A&M, Arkansas State, Duke, Cincinnati, North Carolina, Florida State and Pittsburgh.

(Yes, I am aware the pictures used of Sun Life Stadium here is from a soccer match.)

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17 Responses to “FSU season tickets sold out and Miami wants fans to come to fewer games”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Jun 9, 2014 12:28 PM

    Let the free crablegs with every sold ticket jokes commence…

  2. tomtravis76 says: Jun 9, 2014 12:39 PM

    Canes need to get out of their awful lease at Steve Ross stadium and work out a favorable deal at Marlins park.

  3. jkulha86 says: Jun 9, 2014 12:47 PM

    College teams sharing a stadium with a Pro rarely works out well for the college team. Miami should’ve just raised funds to renovate the Orange Bowl.

  4. raysfan1 says: Jun 9, 2014 12:55 PM

    Playing the games 25 miles or so away from campus takes away from the college atmosphere and thus part of what makes college football great.

  5. manik56 says: Jun 9, 2014 2:01 PM

    When Duke is your second biggest home FOOTBALL game, you know you will have problems selling tickets. I hope the FSU game is part of every smaller ticket package.

  6. planecrashguy says: Jun 9, 2014 2:34 PM

    Miami fans have always been fickle, if the ‘canes aren’t in the thick of a nationalship run, the fans don’t show up. Miami is also known as a team that travels extremely poorly, again unless they’re playing for a national championship.

  7. hockeyissweet says: Jun 9, 2014 2:45 PM

    there’s a million other things to do in miami. in tallahassee i couldn’t name 5 if you spotted me the first 3, and 2 of them are probably theft and rape.

  8. noaxetogrind says: Jun 9, 2014 2:59 PM

    @ hockey, granted Miami has more to do than Tallahassee but the subject matter was attendance at home football games. Spin it any way you want, the players at FSU will play in a much more electric atmosphere for their home games than will the players at UM. Recruits certainly take note. Kudos to Miami for what they accomplished in the past but the fact of the matter is they have not even won a division crown since they joined the ACC. Meanwhile their in- state counterparts, FSU and Florida have won multiple National Championships. I guess all that fun stuff to do in Miami doesn’t equate to winning titles.

  9. bfree2k says: Jun 9, 2014 5:26 PM

    @hockeyissweet- There’s plenty more things to do in LA as well but USC draws 70k+ per game. Kind of blows your point out of the water, doesn’t it?!

  10. floridacock says: Jun 9, 2014 5:55 PM

    Sun Life seats 76k, not much, 4000, more than the old Orange Bowl, and is a hell of a lot nicer. Fact is Miami is not a football town, it’s population could care less about college football and they can’t sell out anything. Live with it.

  11. gatorcheme says: Jun 9, 2014 7:10 PM

    To add to the above:

    UF Student Body size is roughly 50K.
    FSU is ~32K.
    UM is ~16K

    A good slice of U of Miami is MDs, Lawyers, and Oceanography. Watching football may not be high on their to-do list on any given Saturday.

    I don’t fault ‘the U’ for having difficulties filling the stadium. Especially during down times…

  12. oldguy22 says: Jun 9, 2014 8:05 PM

    Congrats to FSU. Nebraska has sold out last 333 home games dating back to 1962. This season is also sold out.

  13. delfi2 says: Jun 9, 2014 10:27 PM

    @oldguy:

    That’s great…yet Nebraska still sucks, so I guess you have that going for ya!

  14. greatmiamisportsmind says: Jun 10, 2014 12:23 AM

    Miami needs to get back closer to campus. End of story

  15. crazycane says: Jun 10, 2014 11:45 AM

    Miami has always been like this, nothing new. Recruits will come no matter how many people are in the seats.

    Recruits won’t come when you have one of the worst DC’s in the Country, an OC that has the playbook the size of a napkin, and a HC who is now 1-22 v teams with .500+ record.

  16. corvusrex96 says: Jun 10, 2014 11:50 AM

    In general they should play closer to campus , 25 miles away is insane , most college students think 3 miles off campus is a field trip

  17. ancientcougar says: Jun 13, 2014 12:32 PM

    I know that UH is completing a new stadium on campus that will fill up just right. There seems to be renewed student interest in Cougar sports as well. I am seeing more students in the stands.

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