VU pleased with ticket sales

Monday, May 12, 2008 at 6:10pm

Vanderbilt athletic officials say season ticket sales for the 2008 Vanderbilt home football schedule, which topped the 10,000-mark last week, are well ahead of projections.

Vanderbilt Athletics Marketing Manager Eric Nichols was upbeat about the current pace of ticket sales. He said 10,238 season tickets have been sold through Sunday, May 11, a 17.6% increase on total sales of 8,703 through the same date last year.

"This early ticket success speaks volumes to how positive fans across Middle Tennessee feel about the direction coach (Bobby) Johnson has our program pointed," Nichols said. "We're definitely seeing positive energy in our football sales, just as we are in other sports such as baseball and both basketball programs."

Athletic officials view the current comparison of ticket sales to last year with optimism, noting that the final tally of season tickets sold last year, 15,037, was the most Vanderbilt season tickets sold by the team since 1996 when the schedule included a highly anticipated season opener versus Notre Dame and finale against Tennessee.

"Football season ticket sales are really keeping us busy," Commodore Ticket Manager Eric Jones said. "We didn't project to top the 10,000 mark until July, so without question, we're pleased with current sales and looking forward to an excellent summer campaign."

Ticket orders for the six-game Vanderbilt home schedule, starting at just $99, are available on the web at www.vucommodores.com, at the athletic box office in McGugin Center on campus, or by phoning (615) 322-GOLD.

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