By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky has won seven games each of the last two seasons and been to consecutive bowl games. Yet no one should really be surprised that ticket sales are dragging for the Sept. 1 opener at Kroger Field against Cetnral Michigan.
Remember two weeks ago when I had almost 600 UK fans — mainly football season ticket holders or former ticket holders — contact me upset that they felt UK athletics didn’t “care about the average fan” any more.
The UK Athletics twitter account has made passionate pleas this week for fans to buy tickets for the opening game.
“#BBN, we’re asking you to lift us up like you always do. Many good seats are available for @UKFootball‘s season opener, starting at $32 apiece. Let’s give the Cats the crowd they deserve,” UK Athletics tweeted.
Football beat writer Jen Smith of the Lexington Herald Leader has reported that UK officials have confirmed that barely 40,000 tickets have been sold for the first game. That’s about 15,000 less than last year’s opening game.
Fans remain upset over the seat relocation from a few years ago, higher parking passes and more. It’s also easy to see more by watching the game on TV — even with tickets going for $32 with no KFund donation required.
More tickets will be sold for Sept. 1, but getting to 50,000 fans for the opening game for a team coming off consecutive seven-win seasons should certainly sound an alarm for UK athletics that I heard loud and clear a few weeks ago from many UK fans.