With the season now just eight days away, I thought I’d check in with UW to see where ticket sales stand.
The official word is that as of today, UW has sold 40,482 season tickets for the 2012 season at CenturyLink Field. It has “distributed” 48,254 tickets for the opener Sept. 1 against San Diego State. CenturyLink seats about 68,000, so obviously lots of tickets remain.
UW also reports that “at this point, at this point, no games are nearing sell-outs, but USC has seen the most interest of our single games.”
The season ticket number is roughly similar to what it has been for a while now. Here are the final season ticket totals for the last six seasons:
2011 — 42,231
2010 — 44,109
2009 — 40,600
2008 — 43,497
2007 — 43,516
2006 — 42,598
UW averaged 62,531 fans per game last season, which was down from the 2010 total of 66,264 but was still second in the Pac-12 and 24th in the country.
UW will surely sell a few more tickets for the SDSU game in the remaining eight days and that will be necessary to avoid having that be the lowest-attended official home game since before Husky Stadium was expanded in 1987. The lowest attendance for a home game since then came in the 2006 opener when 52,256 showed up to see UW beat San Jose State.
If you recall, UW was officially the road team for a 2005 game at CenturyLink against Air Force, which drew just 26,482.
The lowest home attendance of the Steve Sarkisian era was 58,088 in last year’s opener against Eastern Washington.