Four days after recording the first sellout crowd in school history, USF football is well on its way to filling Raymond James Stadium multiple times in a year.
According to Senior Associate Athletic Director Bill McGillis, tickets to the Bulls’ Oct. 13 match-up with UCF are well on their way to being sold out, with seats for the final two home games against Cincinnati and Louisville not far behind.
“I can tell you with the UCF game that we’ve already sold out the upper level on the east side,” McGillis said. “The only seats left are on the west side and those are selling quickly. The game could very well sell out before the end of this week.”
After USF’s 23-13 win over then-No. 5 West Virginia Friday, McGillis said seats for the UCF game began selling rapidly on Ticketmaster.com.
By Sunday afternoon, tickets for initial designated areas had sold out, forcing the athletic department to open six additional sections of Raymond James Stadium. At press time Monday, 3,000 more tickets had been sold.
“I think there’s an unprecedented amount of excitement in the area,” Athletic Director Doug Woolard said. “It’s been certainly very rewarding to see that the Tampa Bay community is really embracing this football team and the program.”
With the success of its three-game mini packages – which offered tickets to the West Virginia, Cincinnati and Louisville games – and the excitement surrounding the Bulls’ No. 6 ranking, the athletic department has decided to open the upper level of Raymond James Stadium for USF’s remaining games this season.
“The lower bowl was approaching full for all those remaining games, so rather than wait we wanted to just pull the trigger right now,” McGillis said.
Before this year, the upper bowl had been opened only three times in school history.
Given the atmosphere of last week’s contest, Woolard is confident the Bulls’ remaining home games will garner a lot of attention from the Tampa Bay community.
“We certainly anticipate having great crowds and are expecting potential sellout,” Woolard said.