Two weeks ago, Kansas University officials trumpeted they had sold all of the 1,000 Family Zone football tickets they made available to the public.
Since then, rumors have circulated mostly in Internet chat rooms that most of those Family Zone tickets were snapped up by Kansas State fans who recognized a bargain when they saw one.
Not so, says Jay Hinrichs, executive director of KU's Williams Fund, who had the ticket office run an address check on the Family Zone purchasers.
"Far and away, the majority are from Lawrence," Hinrichs said. "I'm not saying it's 95 percent or even 90 percent, but far and away the majority are from Lawrence."
At the same time, Hinrichs reported that only 11 of the addresses were from Manhattan and neighboring Junction City.
"So that should put that to rest," Hinrichs said.
Yes and no. There is no telling, for instance, how many of the Family Zone ticket buyers from Lawrence are either K-State fans or were buying the tickets for friends or relatives who wear purple to games.
Also, Hinrichs said many of the addresses were from the Olathe and Overland Park areas. It's possible some of those Johnson County folks are more interested in high-flying K-State than struggling Kansas.
"I was looking for a lot of orders from one city and it didn't come up," Hinrichs said. "The most curious one I found was six orders from Lindsborg."
Lindsborg, located south of Salina and the home of Bethany College, would seem to be neutral territory.
Just what is the Family Zone deal?
It's a package that consists of two adult and two children tickets in the north bowl for all six KU home games, including K-State on Nov. 2. The Family Zone's $100 price tag is $80 less than it would cost to buy four reserved seat tickets to the KU-KSU game alone.
Earlier this year, the K-State contest was designated as this season's premium game by the KU Athletic Corp. board. Each KU-KSU reserved seat ticket, whether for an adult or child, costs $45. Thus, four seats would go for $180. Incidentally, that $45 tickets is the highest in KU history. Tickets for last year's designated premium game against Nebraska carried a $40 price tag.
The Family Zone plan, a clear attempt by KU officials to encourage more families to attend KU games, offered more than $500 in savings because four reserved-seat season tickets would cost $628 ($157 apiece).
The $157 season ticket is also a bargain because if tickets for each game were purchased separately, they would cost $195. Broken down, that's $45 for the K-State game and $30 each for Southwest Missouri State, Bowling Green, Colorado, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State.
Meanwhile, Hinrichs reports that season ticket sales of all types are close to the 22,500 level. KU sold about 18,000 season tickets last year.