Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Charlotte's ACC title game nearing sell-out

The ACC's football championship game in Charlotte appears to be nearing a sell-out.

More than 65,000 tickets have been sold by Wednesday morning for the Dec. 4 game in 72,778-seat Bank of America Stadium. And that's with just one of the participating schools -- Virginia Tech -- known. The other team will be either N.C. State or Florida State. If the Wolfpack beats Maryland on Saturday, it will go.

The championship game has sold out just once in six seasons, the inaugural game in 2005 between Virginia Tech and Florida State in Jacksonville, Fla.

“We couldn’t be happier to be where we are in ticket sales at this point,” said Will Webb, the Charlotte organizing committee's executive director in a statement. “We are striving for a sellout, which is what we always believed the ACC deserves. The fact that we are almost there, given we don’t know the final matchup, is a testament to the game and the conference.”


The game has struggled at the gate in its other four years in Jacksonville and Tampa, Fla.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Only 65,000? On any given Saturday in the SEC we would call that a half-empty stadium!

Anonymous said...

that is assuming the other school sells out their allotment...NCSU definitely will...but will FSU?

Anonymous said...

This is all publicity BS to try and get State fans to buy their tickets now, in case they don't win Saturday - knowing they won't sell those extra tickets. Webb is notorious for that type of thing. Finding tickets for this game will NOT be hard, so no one should freak out.

Anonymous said...

This game will sellout, no question. Once either FSU or NCSU clinches I'm sure they'll take the remaining tickets if VT hasn't already. This is the attendance that ACC officials have wanted all along.

Ryan said...

I don't believe that is true. Va Tech could easily sell out the game themselves. Plus, having it in CLT vs. Jax or Tampa led to a larger corporate purchase of tickets prior to the football season even starting.

Anonymous said...

"Only 65,000? On any given Saturday in the SEC we would call that a half-empty stadium!"

A) Unless one of the ACC schools moved it's campus to Charlotte, you are making an apples to oranges comparison

B) That's all there is to do in most of the cities where SEC schools are located - 20%-40% of ticket holders never attended those schools.

Anonymous said...

"Only 65,000? On any given Saturday in the SEC we would call that a half-empty stadium!"

Yeah, even though Tennessee is the only SEC stadium that seats over 100k...

Your example would've been better suited for the Big Televen, which has 3 stadiums that seat over 100k (Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State)

Anonymous said...

20% to 40% huh? I would love to see where you got those facts.

That also leads me to believe you are insinuating that all 55k at N Car games went to N Car, or all 65K at State games went to State, or that all 70k+ at Clem games went to Clem.

I think it goes without saying that most fans at a D1 college football game more than likely did not attend that school.

Bobby said...

It should've been here all along. It's easier for most ACC people to get to.

As someone said, even if Florida State makes it ahead of NC State the game will still sell out, Va Tech has a lot more fans in the area than people think.

Anonymous said...

"20% to 40% huh? I would love to see where you got those facts."

65,000 is a great turnout given the size of schools competing. Check out Wikapedia (SEC enrollment vs. ACC enrollment) and you will see why SEC can sell out 100k seats. It also helps that most SEC schools are in small towns where there is not much else to do for 100's of miles. Don't get me wrong, I'll always take an SEC tailgate and game any and all days of the week. Just not sure why SEC takes a shot at ACC for selling 65,000 seats.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
This is all publicity BS to try and get State fans to buy their tickets now, in case they don't win Saturday - knowing they won't sell those extra tickets. Webb is notorious for that type of thing. Finding tickets for this game will NOT be hard, so no one should freak out.

You are known to be what's called a "HATER"!

Anonymous said...

Only 65,000? On any given Saturday in the SEC we would call that a half-empty stadium!


You too are a HATER!

Anonymous said...

"20% to 40% huh? I would love to see where you got those facts."

65,000 is a great turnout given the size of schools competing. Check out Wikapedia (SEC enrollment vs. ACC enrollment) and you will see why SEC can sell out 100k seats. It also helps that most SEC schools are in small towns where there is not much else to do for 100's of miles. Don't get me wrong, I'll always take an SEC tailgate and game any and all days of the week. Just not sure why SEC takes a shot at ACC for selling 65,000 seats.

Wikipedia, Really?!?! Give me a minute, and I'll write that the SEC is merging with the ACC to form a super-conference, that will crown its champion with a playoff.

Wikipedia is not a reliable source for your facts.

Anonymous said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_Coast_Conference#History

East Cobb Hokie said...

Anonymous, you see that is just the problem with most SEC schools. Math skills are not a virtue. 65,000 is 50% of 130,000. I'm not aware of any SEC stadium that large.

Anonymous said...

Come on SEC don't get your panties in a tight wad. A sale out at the Georgia Dome is 71,228. A sale out at the staduim in Charlotte is 72,779. Which means the ACC will have 1,550 more in attendance in Charlotte, than the SEC in the Atlanta Dome. It's called simple math.

Anonymous said...

"Yeah, even though Tennessee is the only SEC stadium that seats over 100k..."

You fail. Bryant-Denny seats 101,821.

"Which means the ACC will have 1,550 more in attendance in Charlotte, than the SEC in the Atlanta Dome. It's called simple math."

Yes, but the ACC championship will have 60% less viewers on television. People watch the SEC championship game because they want to know who the BCS champion will be. Four in a row, soon to be five.

Anonymous said...

"Yes, but the ACC championship will have 60% less viewers on television. People watch the SEC championship game because they want to know who the BCS champion will be. Four in a row, soon to be five."

Brilliant. South Carolina is in the SEC Championship game. There is no way in hades that if they win they will be the National Champion. I don't really care about the SEC or the ACC but it would be nice if the SEC schools put half the emphasis on eduction that they do on College Football.

Anonymous said...

Leaving the Math skills to the SEC fans I have to ask the person that stated "This is all publicity BS to try and get State fans to buy their tickets now, in case they don't win Saturday - knowing they won't sell those extra tickets. Webb is notorious for that type of thing. Finding tickets for this game will NOT be hard, so no one should freak out."

First off, the article is warning State fans that if they haven't donated a boat load of cash then they should buy their tickets now if they don't want to end up paying double or triple face value. If State wins, the ACC championship game here in Charlotte will be the biggest game they have been to in recent memory. Secondly, if there is less than 7000 seats left on Wednesday morning, VT and smart NC State fans will buy those up before Saturday.

To the person that stated "that is assuming the other school sells out their allotment...NCSU definitely will...but will FSU?"

FSU must buy their allotment either way and if they can't sell them to their own fans they have the right to offer them to VT.

The game is going to sell out and thankfully be in Charlotte, where it belongs for a long time.

Anonymous said...

Charlotte sells out the freakin' tire bowl. Did we actually think selling out the ACC championship would be hard? The only morons are the ACC leaders who put this game in Florida when clearly Charlotte had demonstrated the simple ability to sell out second rate football games (sorry ACC fans) simply because of our geography

Cam Newton is a thug! said...

I guess everybody in SEC land is named "Anonymous!" Why are you all hiding behind the anonymous tag if you are so proud of the SEC? Not only do you have trouble with math but you apparently are challenged by spelling.

Anonymous said...

OK, lets all just take a step back and look at this again. There is going to be a football game in Charlotte that will likely mean hundreds of thousands of dollars brought into out community. Everyone from waiters to parking attendants to off duty police will make extra money that will help during these hard times. There will be many free activities for all to enjoy, even if you don't purchase a ticket to the game.

Let's face it, Charlotte is not a perfect place, but this game coming to Charlotte is a good thing. If you want to complain about something, take a look at the 2020 plan for Charlotte - you've got to be kidding me!!!

Kingward said...

I would point out that Alabama's stadium now seats 101,000.