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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

November 13, 2008 at 12:22 PM

Does anybody here care about this game?

Not as much as maybe some of us thought, apparently.
I have to admit that before the year began, I figured the return of Rick Neuheisel to Husky Stadium would be a slam-dunk sellout.
But apparently, the fourth visit in five years by Mike Riley is as enticing as Neuheisel’s return.
The UW ticket office reports that just short of 60,000 tickets have been sold for Saturday’s game against UCLA, which is just a little more than was sold for last week’s game against Arizona State, and so far, fewer than for the Oregon State game last month.
The Huskies sold 5,371 single-game tickets for the Beavers. So far, only about 4,000 have been sold for UCLA (all the other tickets are season tickets of some kind, be they whole season, or four-game packages or student seats, etc.).
The Huskies officially had an attendance of 57,013, though only 30,000 or so appeared to actually be in the seats. I’m assuming a few more will actually be there Saturday night. But who knows? Maybe nobody really cares about the return of Neuheisel, and with UW’s season going the way it has, people are simply tuning this year out and waiting for next season.
And the weather may not help. According to our forecast, there may be showers in the area on Saturday.
UW is averaging 64,290 in home attendance this season, thanks in part to large crowds for non-conference games against BYU, Oklahoma and Notre Dame, not that far off last year’s mark of 67,732.
Attendance figures announced are for tickets sold, not actually in seats, and while fans my protest that isn’t giving an accurate accounting of who is actually there — obviously it’s not — it is relevant in giving a sense of how much money is still making its way through the doors.

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