In the regular Tuesday update, Mississippi State officials confirmed that over 40,000 full-season tickets have been either ordered by fans or reserved for student purchase in August. The Ticket Office is setting aside 11,000 ducats for student use in 2010, same as last fall, and these are included in the running sales total.
All of which puts the count within short striking distance of the all-time Bulldog record of 40,901 season ticket sales, set last season in the first year of the Dan Mullen regime. Should State fans keep grabbing up remaining tickets at anything like the recent rate the record is in July reach. Only last Tuesday the Ticket Office reported the total sales at just under 39,500 after all. A round of both on-air and on-billboard advertising, along with last week’s Central Mississippi Extravaganza, have spurred the mid-summer demand sufficiently to hit the 40K milestone; and the proximity of training camp has also reminded fans that the season is approaching.
Monday afternoon, Bulldog Club director Mike Richey said only a few scattered seats were left for season-sale in the lower levels, with remaining openings in the upper deck.
Not included in this tally are ‘flex plan’ tickets that became available this summer. These are $75 ducats for three games with Georgia and Alcorn State included and the buyer’s option of Memphis, UAB, Kentucky, or Arkansas for the third date. Nor are single game sales counted in the total. Ticket orders for these individual game dates are being accepted now from Bulldog Club members; after August 2 they will be available for general public purchase.
And when the sales record is officially re-written in August when students pick up their tickets? Well, then the goal becomes selling out Davis Wade Stadium not just for specific games but a season as a whole. Director of athletics Stricklin has said there is a total of just under 44,000 season tickets available in the current stadium, which has an official capacity of 55,082 seats. Bulldog Club officials have said before that the typical allotment for visiting teams is 7,500 tickets; and the University itself reserves a number of tickets for all sorts of game-day uses.
Yet when crowds of 57,178 and then 58,103 crammed into DWS for high-profile conference contests last fall, they also nudged the notion of stadium renovation and expansion into a slightly higher gear. A week ago Stricklin met with a Midwest firm to discuss ideas and proposals for enlarging the historic facility, as he had told Dawgs’ Bite in early July he would be doing. Naturally this is a very early stage in any sort of expansion process, but still a notable one when ideas start appearing on papers. Also, Stricklin has said that there are behind-scenes discussions and contacts being made with potential donors and sponsors about funding for such a major project.
"Growing ticket sales and Bulldog Club memberships and other private support is critical to our growth as an athletic department," Stricklin said today.
All of which means Mississippi State fans continue to mark milestones off the field, with higher hopes that Mullen’s program are going to set higher standards on Scott Field.