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September 19, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Could the WSU-Oregon game outdraw UW-Stanford?

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen that I passed along earlier today an update from UW on the number of tickets sold for the Stanford game — 51,619. Just to answer the inevitable question, that includes students and everything else.

So that means there are plenty of tickets available for the game at CenturyLink Field (which seats 68,000 or so). It also means that barring a big run on tickets between now and then that the attendance might not be all that dissimilar from the first two games (53,742 for San Diego State and 54,922 for Portland State).

I’d imagine that ticket sales for the Stanford game will pick up a little and it will surpass those — you’d think Stanford’s win over USC might spur some interest, and the Huskies are doing a big Blackout of the Century campaign, which you’d think will also push a few tickets.

Still, I think the tickets sold so far is probably a little surprising to some considering Stanford’s recent success and how pivotal this game appears in UW’s season.

Obviously, there are some mitigating circumstances here with this being a Thursday night game and not on campus. But I’m not sure those things would matter as much if UW were a top 10 team right now. In general, I think the ticket totals this year indicate that the Huskies still have some work to do to win back the more casual fan, which is what is needed to sell out consistently.

The Stanford game comes two days before Washington State plays its annual game in Seattle, this year against Oregon. I heard WSU athletic director Bill Moos say today that about 55,000 tickets have been sold for that game, which raises the possibility that a game between UW’s two biggest rivals could sell more tickets than UW itself will two nights prior.

I realize the two games are not an apples-to-apples comparison (Thursday night to Saturday night, for one thing). And no doubt that Oregon fans have probably bought up a fair amount of tickets, and I also haven’t really studied the differences in ticket prices, so I’m not sure if that’s much of a factor. Regardless, it’s a comparison that will inevitably be made.

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