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Saturday, August 1, 2009

KU football season tickets a hot item

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Apparently, a dismal economic climate isn’t enough to dampen anticipation for the upcoming Kansas University football season.

Despite the more frugal nature of the current American consumer, KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said Friday that the university had sold approximately 35,000 season ticket packages as of last week, roughly 1,000 more that it had sold at a similar point last summer and 4,000 more than the team sold total in 2007.

“I think that we are fortunate in the sense that Kansas football has a very, very loyal following, and they’ve come to expect good, solid football from this coaching staff and players,” said Marchiony. “And what we’ve heard is that they’re really very excited about the 2009 season.”

Last season, which followed the Jayhawks’ first-ever BCS bowl appearance, the university sold north of 38,000 season ticket packages — the most in program history. It marked the fourth consecutive year that the school had set a season-ticket sales record, and — if this summer’s pace continues — there’s a chance 2009 will result in another milestone figure.

It hasn’t been lost on fans, surely, that this year’s Kansas team returns its most talented senior class in decades, led by a quarterback — Todd Reesing — who in just two full seasons has broken nearly every school passing record. Nor has a catchy advertising campaign (“History Awaits”) that figures to become a bit more prominent as the season approaches.

“We have carried on an advertising campaign for quite some time now,” Marchiony said. “And we’ll elevate it somewhat now that people are, for the most part, back from vacations (and) thinking about football.”

The goal, Marchiony said, is to surpass last year’s record-setting season-ticket sales total. And with home games scheduled against Big 12 North rival Nebraska and 2008 national runner-up Oklahoma — as well as non-conference games against Southern Mississippi and Duke — the hope is that it will.

“That’s always our goal, to sell more tickets than we did the previous year, and we’re doing everything we can to make that happen,” he said. “The team has done its part by developing into a consistent winner, so that helps.”

l KU to sell season-long ‘seat-backs’ in ’09: In addition to the end zone seating, which will return after its debut last season, KU will be offering permanent seat-backs at football games for the first time this fall. The seat-backs, which would be attached onto the bleachers for the duration of the season, will cost $36 — or $6 per game as the Jayhawks will play six times at Memorial Stadium this year.

Fans can rent the seat-backs on a game-to-game basis, meanwhile, at a cost of $10 a game.

“We’ve always had single-game availability, but this will be the first time we’ll do it for a full season,” Marchiony said. “What happens is the company would clean the seats every week and so the season-ticket holders don’t have to deal with that before and after the game.”

l Mangino radio show to be moved downtown: “Hawk Talk with Mark Mangino” is going Wild.

The KU football coach’s weekly radio show, which was previously held at Paddy O’Quigley’s inside the Holiday Inn Holidome at 200 McDonald Drive, will now be held at Buffalo Wild Wings, 1012 Massachusetts St., Marchiony said Friday.

“We’ve always wanted to hold it downtown,” he said. “And the opportunity came up this past year, and Buffalo Wild Wings was interested, and we talked to them and it worked out.”

Comments

chezlog 5 years, 1 month ago

Everyone's invited to tailgate at fabio's new place by the stadium before every game! Right fabio.

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Dyrk Dugan 5 years, 1 month ago

i think that is what has really changed about KU football...the game day atmosphere is very electric now. and with our our basically neighborhood stadium, it brings in all kinds of different types of tailgating...with students, the parking lot, the homes along the north side...it's just a lot of fun to see.

and just think if the MU game was in Lawrence this year....

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Ryan Gerstner 5 years, 1 month ago

Glad to hear season ticket sales are going so well. What they should have asked was whether or not they were including student season tickets in those numbers? I'm guessing not. In the past they used to but I'm guessing now that we actually have good season ticket numbers, we don't have to do that anymore. If students weren't included, you could add another 6-7k to that total, which would effectively put our ticket sales around 41-42k.

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troutsee 5 years, 1 month ago

Hopefully the season ticket count does not include the students, which means there will be less seats for the big Red nut-heads to scarf up.

I always look forward to college football, especially Jayhawk style, but I am really, really looking forward to seeing this Jayhawk team in action. We should win the North and have a good shot at beating everyone on our schedule. The CU game will be one we should not overlook. They are always tough out there. Also, I think it's payback time in Lubbock.

God, do I ever hate Nebraska. I hope we put a good licking on them.

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William James 5 years, 1 month ago

Hahaha! I'm looking forward to seeing ya again Chezlog. History Awaits...

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Jonathan Briles 5 years, 1 month ago

Great News. According to rivals.com KU has one more commitment from a Defensive lineman but has a four star runningback friend who may be joining him soon. Also according to Scout.com and ESPN.com a four star WR named Keeston Terry from Kansas has de committed from Nebraska and has recommitted to Kansas. The two we have apparently already gotten are awesome and it would be huge if we got this other kid named DJ Jones the RB he would be the highest rated kid we have ever gotten.

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troutsee 5 years, 1 month ago

Great news 27. Hope it's more than rumor.

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Andy Hess 5 years, 1 month ago

27, the recruit that is supposedly coming with Jimmay Mundine is not D.J. Jones. It is Jaqwaylin Arps, a 3-star DT who is right now committed to T-Tech, but might decommit for us. (as a side note, even if we were to land D.J. Jones, he would hardly be the highest rated recruit we've ever had. He's rated the same on Rivals as Keeston Terry, Opurum, McDougald, Kande, and Quinton Woods.) Also, Keeston Terry is not from Kansas, but rather Blue Springs, MO. He did indeed decommit from Nebraska and committed to us. His father Doug Terry played DB for KU back in the day.

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rasta_meta 5 years, 1 month ago

I can remember when there were more people on the hill then in the stadium. Back then, they would bring a keg to hill. There were even t-shirts that said, "KU Football, just here for the beer this year". Those were the early days of Glen Mason. KU Football has traveled light years since those days. It is good to see.

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Jonathan Briles 5 years, 1 month ago

swish my bad on the him being from MO not KS and also with the DJ Jones thing but the reason I said he would be the highest rated recruit is because he is only the second recruit we would have ever had from the rivals 250 with McDougald being the other one and Jones rated higher on this years list than McDougald was last year. I realize we have had 4 star players before but none rated this high on the rivals 250. Otherwise thanks for catching my mistakes on the other things good to know about the DT.

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suttonku 5 years, 1 month ago

hahahahaha I hate Nebraska too!!! and I go to school there LOL I have to deal with a bunch of idiots that think Nebraska will win the National Championship every year...NU fans are the dumbest fans I have ever been around...But the atmosphere at the games is something to see if you havent...loudest stadium I have ever been in by far...way louder than Arrowhead (even when the chiefs were a respectable franchise)...And they will get to 300 sellouts in a row this year but for going to that much football, their fans dont know very much about football...should be a great year of college football though and I cannot wait to travel down to Lawrence for the NU vs KU game.

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minipman 5 years, 1 month ago

i would love to see an SEC team, ohio state, or cincinnati on the schedule.. season tickets would already be sold out if an Auburn, Kentucky, or Tennessee were to show up in lawrence.. tho i'd even make the trip to auburn if we were to play them there.. we have yet to find a team for the first game in 2011... lets schedule Auburn like k-state did a year or two ago...

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troutsee 5 years, 1 month ago

Yes, the time has come to put a tough non-conference game on the schedule.

I hate Nebraska and their jackass fans.

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troutsee 5 years, 1 month ago

I also hate the following yells: MIZ.....ZOU.....I dispise that one. Or...how about "GO BIG RED". Now there's another one to dispise. Or how about K-State when every other one moves their head forward.....like the idiots they are. Or that TU song they play...seemingly after every positive play....or......how about BOOMER SOONER...now does that one ever bring a wave of nausea.

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Patrick Leiker 5 years, 1 month ago

troutsee-

We just put Georgia Tech on the schedule starting next year. That is a pretty touch non con home and home against a good team from the south...though not an SEC team, one likely ranked in the top 15, maybe 10 to start the season.

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sevenyearhawk 5 years, 1 month ago

fabio,

are we camping out the night before the home opener again?!?!

Can I sleep in the bed of your pick-up, just for old times sake? :D

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jayhawkintx73 5 years, 1 month ago

With the addition of the Northern Colorado game to the Television schedule, recruiting high rated athletes should become easier. But here is what would make it real easy to get commitments next Spring. BEAT OKLAHOMA! BEAT NEBRASKA, and sweep the North schedule, and BEAT TEXAS TECH! We still have a chance at beating Texas in Austin, but those other 3 really matter. We have competed with Nebraska for recruits for the past few years. Lets close the gap and take it over. There are some players that chose OU over Kansas, but if we beat them, they could decommit and come to Kansas. And Mangino's staff knows how to get these players to do their best. We really don't need any 5-stars, but a 4-stars at their best in several positions, to improve the defense especially, and a solid group of QBs to compete with each other for the job after Reesing leaves = The Building continues.

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TrueBlue92 5 years, 1 month ago

swishyMcJayhawk and KanFan27,

If Keeston Terry is at all like his father, this is a guy we want badly. Doug Terry was a top-notch player and a personal favorite. I had the privilage of watching him play in person for a several years. I even met the guy once and he was very personable to a goofy college frosh.

Between this possibility and the younger Sands on campus, I'm looking forward to reliving my years at Memorial Stadium during the 2011-13 seasons.

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knayte 5 years, 1 month ago

I think the k-state head-bobbing thing is kinda cool looking. Although nowhere near as awesome as waving the wheat.

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