Thursday, September 9, 2010

Advance ACC title game ticket sales soaring

Advance ticket sales for December's ACC championship football game in Charlotte are easily outstripping sales for the game during the five years it was held in Florida, a league associate commissioner said Thursday.

The ACC's Michael Kelly said more than 40,000 tickets have already been sold for the Dec. 4 game at Bank of America Stadium. Although Kelly said exact numbers aren't available, he said tickets sales in Jacksonville (2005-'07) and Tampa ('08-'09) never exceeded more than 30,000 by the start of football season.

"We're further along than we've ever been," said Kelly, who was in Charlotte for meetings with Bank of America Stadium officials. He also attended a ticket sales meeting Thursday that featured a pep talk from college football television analyst Bob Griese.

Kelly said the stadium's lower bowl is nearly sold out. Only club level seats remain and they are part of special ticket packages.

Tickets for the Charlotte game have already outsold the 2008 game between Virginia Tech and Boston College that drew an announced crowd 27,360 to Tampa's Raymond James Stadium. They're approaching last year's announced attendance of 42,815 in Tampa for the game between Clemson and Georgia Tech.

Attendance in Jacksonville was better, although it declined there steadily after 72,749 watched Florida State play Virginia Tech in the ACC's first championship game in 2005.

Announced attendance for the next two games at Alltel Stadium -- 62,850 in 2006 for Wake Forest-Georgia Tech and 53,212 in '07 for Boston College-Virginia Tech -- appeared to far less than the number of people actually in the stadium.

-- David Scott


Anonymous said...

Don't think it takes a rocket scientist to see that it should've been here all along, and it ain't gonna be leaving any time soon.

Anonymous said...

Pretty surprising, as I don't see why anybody wants to watch two 3 or 4 loss teams play. Especially, like last year, two teams who just lost to SEC opponents the week before. Just stick with basketball, ACC, and stop embarrassing yourself.