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The Royal Sampler: K-State hopes for three more sold out football games, Missouri State isn't very good and links

It’s time for another Royal Sampler.


DAILY TAKEIt seems like all Kansas State does these days is announce sold out football games.

The Wildcats are up to four as of Tuesday morning with only three more to go. Games against Missouri State, North Texas, Oklahoma State and Kansas will all be played in front of capacity crowds at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Never before has K-State sold out so many games prior to the start of a season.

Coming off a 10-3 campaign, excitement has been high for the Wildcats since the Cotton Bowl ended. But K-State athletic officials deserve credit for selling so many seats.

They combined Snyder’s team with a creative Internet video series and sold discounted tickets in many different ways. With a reduced stadium capacity (some seats have been removed to make way for renovations) K-State could play all seven of its homes games in front of jam-packed crowds this season.

Scott Garrett, K-State assistant athletic director of Ticketing and Fan Strategies, says to expect more sellouts. In an e-mail, Garrett indicated K-State has 140 tickets remaining for the Texas game on Dec. 1 and 250 remaining for the Texas Tech game on Oct. 27.

“Those two will definitely sell-out,” Garrett said.

The only game that might not sellout is the Sept. 8 matchup against Miami. That might sound odd, because it is one of the best games on K-State’s schedule. But Tickets are being sold for $75, and it is a morning kickoff. Garrett said there are approximately 1,600 tickets remaining.

“We’ve been selling about 700 a week since the beginning of the month,” Garrett said. “So at that pace it will be very, very close.”

K-State has never sold out all of its football games before. That might happen this year. It all depends on how many fans purchase tickets for the Miami game over the next two weeks. (more…)