Going, going, gone: High renewal rate makes tickets rare at Wichita State

The fortunate few will pack Koch Arena.
The fortunate few will pack Koch Arena.

On Thursday afternoon, Wichita State assistant athletic director Russell Wilkins had 37 men’s basketball season tickets remaining.

All singles or pairs with a restricted view (one block of three). Koch Arena won’t be an easy place to get into when the Shockers play.

WSU backed up the 2013 Final Four with 35 straight wins last season and the desire for tickets increased. Wilkins said the usual renewal rate jumped from around 95 percent to 99 percent and he said he talked to people moving out of state who refuse to give up their tickets.

“No comparison to last year,” he said. “Going into this point last year, we had about 200 available and we had an open house where we let people come in and look at seats. We didn’t have a waiting list like we do this year.”

WSU’s waiting list is 182 and the ticket staff is working its way through those people, based on their donation and loyalty history. New callers are directed to next season’s waiting list.

WSU makes around 9,000 seats available for season tickets, leaving around 1,500 seats for the students and other uses.

In past seasons, single-game tickets not picked up by students went on sale to the public. Wilkins doesn’t expect that to happen often this season. His office is already taking call from students ready to claim their seats. Last season, students grabbed every available seat for the last three games in 2014 and Wilkins expects that trend to continue.

That leaves WSU’s secondary market-place through StubHub. Tickets for the Dec. 6 game at Intrust Bank Arena against Saint Louis in early October. Season-ticket holders will get first crack at those seats and they will receive info next month.