Season ticket sales are strong for the Baylor football team, which opens its 2009 home schedule Sept. 19 against UConn.
Sept. 14, 2009
With its home-opener against 2009 International Bowl champion Connecticut less than a week away, Baylor public season football tickets continue to sell well, according to school officials.
While final totals won't be available until after next weekend, Baylor's 2009 public season football ticket sales are up 12.2 percent from a year ago and are assured of being the highest since at least 1999 when more than 13,000 tickets were purchased by the public. Baylor students do not purchase season tickets, thus are not reflected in the season ticket totals.
"The excitement surrounding Baylor football and the opening win against Wake Forest has led to a surge in season ticket and individual game sales," said Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw. "We are grateful that the Waco community and Baylor family are rallying behind Coach Briles and the team. We need you to be a part of Baylor football in 2009."
In addition to a strong public sale, Bear Force One, a community program which allows employees of local businesses to purchase season tickets at a discounted rate, has also enjoyed its finest year in the program's 14-year history.
Coach Art Briles' Bears, who opened their 2009 season with a 24-21 victory at Wake Forest, Sept. 5, host the Connecticut Huskies on Parents' Weekend, Saturday, Sept. 19, at 4 p.m. It marks the first of three straight games for Baylor at Floyd Casey Stadium for the Bears, who registered a winning record (4-3) on their home field last year for the first time since 1994.
In addition to UConn, Northwestern State (Sept. 26) and Kent State (Oct. 3) will also meet the Bears in Waco during non-conference action, as will Big 12 rivals Oklahoma State (Oct. 24), Nebraska (Oct. 31) and Texas (Nov. 14). Kickoff for the Northwestern State and Kent State games is set for 6 p.m., while kick times for the Bears remaining home games won't be set until 12 days prior to the game as TV selections are made by the league's TV partners.
"The Baylor Family and Waco can make a difference in the stands this fall," said Briles. "Our players feed off the energy our crowd generates and we need Floyd Casey Stadium to be a great home field advantage for our team."
Season tickets, which may be purchased for as little as $145 for adults and $115 for children (18 and under), are available on-line at baylorbears.com, in person at the Athletics Ticket Office at the Ferrell Center or by calling 254.710.1000.
Baylor students began picking up tickets to Saturday's UConn game on Monday and can claim tickets through Friday at the Student Union Building from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. On game-day, Baylor students can pick up tickets at Floyd Casey Stadium starting at 9 a.m.
In addition to a surge in season sales, Baylor's three Big 12 home games as well as its Nov. 28 regular-season finale against Texas Tech at Cowboys Stadium are strong, according to Baylor Senior Associate Athletic Director/External Affairs Nick Joos.
"Through the weekend, nearly 45,000 tickets have been sold for Baylor-Tech game, and single-game sales for our Big 12 home games against Oklahoma State, Nebraska and Texas have been brisk. I encourage all Baylor fans who want to attend the Tech game to get their tickets through the Baylor Athletic Ticket Office as soon as possible before the good seats are gone. It is possible that we could be out of $100 and $60 seats before the end of the month."
Tickets for the Baylor-Texas Tech game are priced at $100 (club), $60 (lower), $40 (upper) and $25 (Baylor students; limit two).