All the buzz first-year UF coach Dan Mullen tried to create during the offseason has fallen on deaf ears – at least at the ticket window.
With next Saturday’s season opener at home against Charleston Southern on the horizon, a school official said the Gators have sold 58,000 season tickets, including 18,500 to students.
This is down around 9,000 season tickets overall, based on figures provided last August when UF was on pace to sell 50,000 season tickets to non-students.
Man, Dan, what’s the problem?
This season, visits from Kentucky, LSU, Missouri and surging South Carolina, coached by former coach Will Muschamp, highlight the schedule. Beyond Charleston Southern, the non-conference schedule features Colorado State and Idaho, schools located two time zones away.
Fans also have to pay a little more to watch the Gators. Following McElwain’s 10-win debut season in 2015, the school raised ticket prices.
Booster season tickets went go from $300 to $330 for the Gators’ seven home games. Students pay $140, up from $105 to $140 – or a $5 increase per game.
Honestly, that’s really not very different from what we’re facing in Athens this season. Ditto the bitching about stadium WiFi not being up to the younguns’ standards and the Swamp needing updating. So I guess that leaves us with the usual suspect.
For now, Mullen and the Gators will look to win fans over by winning more games and scoring more points following eight years of offensive futility and two four-win seasons during the past five years.
That would probably be a good place to start, yes.