Archive for Monday, September 21, 2009

KU football game against Southern Miss a sellout

September 21, 2009


Kansas Athletics announced Monday that the KU football team's game Saturday against Southern Miss is a sellout. The contest, scheduled for 11 a.m., will be televised on FSN.

The announcement means that KU has sold out its last six home games at Memorial Stadium. It is also the 10th time in the last 12 home games that the Jayhawks have had a sellout.

KU had 52,530 fans at the season-opener against Northern Colorado and followed that with an attendance of 50,101 against Duke on Saturday.

Memorial Stadium's official capacity is 50,071.


JayhawkAlum03 8 years, 7 months ago

Is it really a sellout if a significant number of tickets are given away to students for free in the week before the game (presumably after KU Athletics decided they probably would not sell them)?? Not to mention that students with the ticket package also had a "complimentary" extra ticket to give away for the home opener. I suspect that someone is trying to make the ticket sale stats look more impressive to justify the need to build more seating. I'm not doubting that the stadium was at capacity, just the misleading term of how they achieved that!

blindrabbit 8 years, 7 months ago

Alum03: I dittio your comments! Also, at the Duke game there quite a few empty seats on the South ends of both the East and West sides.

hawkergirl 8 years, 7 months ago

Hey - just because they "sold" them doesn't mean the people showed up.....maybe they were sick?

Write2Know 8 years, 7 months ago

Can anyone explain how we get 52,530 fans into a stadium that offically seats 50,071. Thats almost 2,500 people over capacity. Where did they all sit? Also, doesn't this mean the Athletic Dept. is overselling the game? Of course it wouldn't surprise me if they are.

Evan Ridenour 8 years, 7 months ago

"JayhawkAlum03 (Anonymous) says… I suspect that someone is trying to make the ticket sale stats look more impressive to justify the need to build more seating. I'm not doubting that the stadium was at capacity, just the misleading term of how they achieved that!"

My response: Well that is a completely irrational suspicion. The organization that would be paying for the expansion of seating would be the same organization that would be taking action with the specific intent of creating false and/or misleading attendance statistics. Why would the organization waste its own money building something it doesn't really believe it needs?

"Can anyone explain how we get 52,530 fans into a stadium that offically seats 50,071."

I am fairly sure that this was a result of the student section. There was a gigantic line of students still trying to get in after the game had started. It was beyond standing room only... I am not sure how they fit them all in either but it is hardly surprising with how awful the stands were that day.

blindrabbit 8 years, 7 months ago

Erdie: If there was a long line of KU students waiting to get into the game after it started that is surprising. Usually, the KU students leave around halftime in order to go back to study for classes on Monday.

I don't understand it, but attribute it to a generally poor understanding of the game of football by students. Basketball is much easier to understand, and therefore the students hang around to the end of those games even if KU has long demolished the opponent.

JayhawkAlum03 8 years, 7 months ago

Eride - I would say that they are doing this to create the perception of scarcity. If they can convince the people with the $$ to pay for the seats (and therefore the construction itself) that KU football is really a big-time program with sellout after sellout, it might help motivate people to move more quickly (and therefore get KU Athletics the needed funding sooner). If they have to eat the cost of some "normal" tickets in the meantime, it is probably worth it.

I noticed that they opened the gates next to the traditional student entrance for students on Saturday after the opener was such a mess. Seemed to be helping to fix them get everyone through MUCH more efficiently.

Steve Jacob 8 years, 7 months ago

This is really the first good team KU plays, but just beating a terrible Virgina team at home makes me think KU will cover the 13 points.

ralphralph 8 years, 7 months ago

KU Football is pretend. They won't see a real team until the Sooners come to town a week before Halloween. In the meantime, they've beaten No Colo (looking to bounce back from their loss to Eastern Washington before facing the Montana State juggernaut next week); lowly and remote UTEP; and Duke, which opened losing to the mighty Richmond Spiders. Is it "patsy" or patsie"? Up next, Southern Mississippi, which sounds like a good team if you leave the "Southern" part off in your press releases, but in reality has eked out narrow wins over the likes of UCF and Virginia, meaning they are better than the Hawks' first 3 creampuffs, but not a lot. Then they get Iowa State, which handled North Dakota State but got clocked badly by Iowa, followed by Colorado's Buffs who may be the most UN-buff team ever in the Big 12. So, there you have it: line 'em up & knock 'em down ... 6 lightweights, 6 wins, pretend to be good, make money.

blindrabbit 8 years, 7 months ago

srj: The last time KU played a Virginia team (Univ. of Virginia) at home we got our arses kicked in 100 deg. weather; sometime back in the 1990's. If you are calling Duke a Virginia team, I suggest you need a goegraphy refresher; last time I was on the Duke campus it was in Durham, North Carolina.

Danimal 8 years, 7 months ago

KUAC routinely oversells the GA sections of Memorial Stadium. What I can't figure out why they are building a $40 million dollar addition (which will only seat 3,000) before building the new $10 million dollar Olympic- grade track facility that is necessary to remove the track and lower the stadium's field (which would seat many more and make the stadium louder). I guess it's just because the new gridiron club is for the rich, and the lowered field would be for the most fervent and loyal fans who sit in the cheap(er) seats.

Bruce Bertsch 8 years, 7 months ago

Once again, it's KU Athletics, Inc, not the KUAC. there are no GA sections to Memorial Stadium, so they can't oversell them. Lowering the field will mess up sight lines due to the angle of the stands...not on the agenda.

davidsmom 8 years, 7 months ago

If KU Athletics has no tickets left to sell, it is considered a sellout. This is how it works in the NFL, as well. A lot of complimentary tickets are given to charity, to radio stations, etc. When the Chiefs games were on KCTV5, if there were tickets left on Thursday before a game, the station would buy the remaining tickets to assure a sellout. No one is trying to artificially inflate the stats - that's just the way it works.

parrothead8 8 years, 7 months ago

blindrabbit, you might need glasses.

As this story is about the upcoming KU-Southern Miss game, srj was talking about So. Miss, who just beat (barely) a bad Virginia team at home.

rgh 8 years, 7 months ago


Good post from this morning. I had to work and have 2 season tickets. I was able to give them away but only one of the two attended.

blindrabbit and alum03 can blame me for there being one empty seat against Duke. Anyone who attended the N. Colorado game can probably attest to the fact the isles were full in some portions of the stadium. The ushers did their best to keep them clear but it was a great site to see all those people there.

deskboy04 8 years, 7 months ago

I wonder how ticket sales are going for the MU game. I'll bet almost 80,000 pack into Arrowhead for that game!

kcmetro 8 years, 7 months ago

One empty seat vs Duke? Did you see the crowd shots? Thanks for apologizing for the empty seat, should the University appoligize for the empty rows?

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