Kansas University dangled the carrot of more priority points in getting early season-ticket sales recently. And thousands of fans chomped at the opportunity.
KU officials reported at the Kansas Athletics, Inc., board meeting Tuesday that more than 11,500 season tickets already have been sold for the 2007 football campaign.
That's the result of an Internet offer KU extended earlier this month. In it, fanas who purchased season tickets online received 10 points per ticket, instead of the usual five. There also was no limit to the amount of points that could be earned.
Along with usual season-ticket holders renewing, more than 300 new applications were received during the promotion.
"We're way ahead of where we've ever been before," athletic director Lew Perkins said.
The season-ticket package includes eight games - seven at Memorial Stadium and the Missouri game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. That game will be played Nov. 24.
Arrowhead Stadium, which holds 79,451 fans, will be split almost evenly among Kansas and Missouri fans for the Border War game. The lone exception will be tickets set aside for Chiefs season-ticket holders. Those tickets are currently on sale and will be through March 15.
Soon after, the tickets will be available through each school's ticket office. It's worth noting that Chiefs season-ticket holders don't have first choice at the prime seats. Several thousand of the best seats have been reserved by each school to sell on their own.
KU season-ticket holders will get priority in seat selection for the Missouri game, provided they sign up for season tickets by April 30.
Also discussed at Tuesday's board meeting:
- Don Green is retiring at the end of the fiscal year after 10 years serving as KU's faculty representative for Kansas Athletics. He will be replaced on the board by Dr. Jerry Bailey.
- Associate athletic director Ben Kirtland reported KU was able to extend applications to every Williams Fund member for the Big 12 basketball tournament in Oklahoma City, which takes place next month.
- Susan Wachter, chief financial officer, reported 82 percent of the budgeted revenue for fiscal year 2006-07 had been received as of Jan. 31, while only 60 percent of the budget had been spent.
"There's really no concerns as of right now," Wachter said. "It looks like it's a good year."