Florida’s inability to consistently notch wins on the field might be keeping fans away from the seats.
The Gators, who went 4-8 last season, are seemingly unlikely to play in front of a sell-out crowd at Ben Hill Griffin this Saturday when they take on Idaho at 7 p.m. E.T. Thousands of tickets remain unsold. This would be the fourth-straight season Florida doesn’t sell-out its season opener.
More troubling, though, is the apparent lack of student support. For the first time in a while, student season tickets remain available heading into Week 1.
1st time in more than 20 years that student tickets to Florida football are available on week of 1st game (H/T @edgarthompson)
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) August 26, 2014
Florida is reportedly just short of reaching the 50,000 season ticket sales plateau it reached last year among non-students. It’s the expected dip in student attendance that would be troubling, though.
“Those students are future boosters,” Kevin Casey of the newly formed UF fan advisory council told the Orlando Sentinel. “If they aren’t focused on the product now and develop the passion like I did when I was in school, what’s going to happen 10, 20 years from now?”
Florida isn’t alone in having trouble selling student season tickets. Schools across the country are finding difficulty in packing their student sections each week. Michigan is expecting a big drop in student season ticket sales, among other programs.
One way to improve student season ticket sales would likely be to win. Florida can start off its 2014 campaign with a victory this Saturday when the Gators take on Idaho.