Friday, July 27, 2007

A tale of two cities

It appears as though WVU fans must support not only their favorite team, but any other team within traveling distance to keep opponent athletic departments functional. WVU has stopped selling season tickets after approximately 38,000 have been sold despite a raise in ticket prices this year. It is unlikely that there will be single game tickets to many, if any, games this year. The most likely game for Mountaineer fans to grab a single game ticket is UConn since they probably won't use their entire allotment. In fact WVU fans are so excited they have nearly bought out Marshall's season tickets to get a ticket to WVU-Marshall despite it starting at 3:30 a.m.

Monroe pointed to West Virginia's allotment of 5,000 tickets at Joan C. Edwards Stadium (capacity 38,089) and the limited eligibility (donors must give at least $2,500 to the Mountaineer Athletic Club to qualify for WVU-Marshall tickets through West Virginia's ticket office, Monroe said) as incentives for Mountaineer fans to purchase Marshall season tickets.

"I can definitely see those season ticket packages coming from WVU fans as well," Monroe said.

Meanwhile Pitt continues to fall into irrelevance as they are now one step away from Soup Can night according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette. A home schedule of Eastern Michigan, Grambling, Connecticut, Navy, Cincinnati, Syracuse and South Florida is not exactly causing the season tickets to fly off of the shelves. In fact Pitt has had to resort to drastic measures to try and sell these turds.

Season tickets for the seven-game home schedule to be played at Heinz Field are going for as low as $120, but that's not the tenth of it. Anyone purchasing such a plan, which comes to $17.14 game, can buy a second season-ticket package for $10, which comes to $1.43 a ticket.

Looks like there are going to be a lot of Pitt fans dressed up like yellow seats again this year. Pitt has lived on the traveling fans of WVU, ND, PSU, and others for years now including increasing ticket prices for games in which the opposing team's fans will travel to make a profit for their season. They better hope the seamen bring some fans this year or that rent check to the Steelers may bounce.


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