Feb. 22, 2014
Seminoles.com Managing Editor
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A national championship to its credit and a highly desirable home schedule in 2014 has made tickets to see Florida State football at Doak Campbell Stadium this season a hot commodity.
FSU’s ticket office has been quite busy since well before the BCS National Championship Game Jan. 6 and demand to see the team has only increased since the ‘Noles knocked off Auburn to claim the program’s third title in program history. FSU is already 5,000 season tickets ahead of its pace at this time last year and there is still more than five months until the 2014 season officially starts.
“We have about 200 to 250 new ticket accounts,” FSU Director of Ticket Operations Jack Chatham said Friday. “People that didn’t have tickets last year that came on board this year. Our renewal rate is just shy of about 30 percent right now, so we are doing well on that considering our paper applications just went out about a week to 10 days ago.
“That’s pretty strong considering the mailings just went.”
With a priority deadline for season ticket renewals of March 28 in place, Seminoles fans have a little more than one month to help FSU reach a specific target.
“Our goal right now is to be at 90 percent,” FSU Senior Associate Athletics Director Monk Bonasorte said. “If we can be at 90 percent and be on the pace we are selling now and sell roughly 6,000 more new tickets we will be sold out for our season tickets.”
Fans aren’t just renewing their tickets and placing new orders, they’re not letting them go either.
Chatham said the FSU Ticket Office has only had 50 tickets cancelled this year for various reasons. Instead of turning away from tickets, fans are taking necessary steps to get as many as they can.
“Most people that are increasing are maxing out what they can get at their booster level or they are upping their Booster level to get more tickets,” Chatham said. “It’s been very, very brisk.”
A robust home schedule and the excitement of a national championship certainly helps.
Home games against Florida, Clemson and Notre Dame has fans’ attention when it comes to ticket buying. The national championship celebration in early February also gave FSU supporters the opportunity to come to campus and keep the momentum of a memorable 2013 season moving.
The typical lull in ticket sales during this period of the off-season simply hasn’t been there this year.
Fans that want to renew their season tickets or place new orders are encouraged to call the FSU Ticket Office as soon as possible at 850-644-NOLE or visit the online ticket page. Renewal prices for season tickets are the same as last year at $325 for sideline seats and $290 for a spot in the end zone.