Just three days left until practice begins, and just 29 until the first game against Eastern Washington on Sept. 3.
And unless there’s a mad rush for tickets, the Huskies appear on track to selling fewer season tickets for 2011 than they did a year ago.
The school reports it has sold 41,304 non-student season tickets for 2011. That compares to 44,109 a year ago, and is less than any of the last five years other than 2009 (40,600), though also right in the same general ballpark as all five.
Here are the final season ticket numbers since 2006:
2010 — 44,109
2009 — 40,600
2008 — 43,497
2007 — 43,516
2006 — 42,598
That might surprise some who figured there’d be a jump after the 7-6 record of 2010. Some might cite that the average ticket price has increased by 2.5 percent this year, though UW officials said earlier in the year they didn’t think that has had an impact on sales, saying that’s consistent with the standard rate.
Also a factor could be that the overall home schedule isn’t quite as star-studded as years past — no Nebraska, as there was a year ago, or LSU (2009) or Notre Dame and Oklahoma (2008) or Ohio State (2007). Also, the Apple Cup wasn’t included in season ticket packags.
It may also indicate that while 7-6 represented a step in the right direction that UW will need to get back to the days of winning 8-9-10 games and consistently challenging for the conference title — as it did so often in the 1977-2003 era — to bring back all of the on-the-fence fans.
The school also noted this week that it has released the remainder of its tickets for the 2011 Apple Cup back to First and Goal, as planned, for their sale. First and Goal has not yet announced a public on-sale date. UW ended up selling 34,840 through its ticket office.
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— CBSSports.com says UW has the best 2012 recruiting class so far of Pac-12 schools.
— George Schroeder says the Pac-12 isn’t well-positioned for future expansion.
— ESPN.com examines the challenges of playing nine conference games, as the Pac-12 has decided to continue to do.
— Seth Kolloen says the Seahawks should sell Jake Locker jerseys since no one in Seattle is buying any others.