Approximately 12,000 USF tickets have been sold for the FSU game in Tallahassee on Saturday, making it by far the largest expected road game crowd in program history.
The total breaks the previous record for a road crowd by 9,000 tickets, which was at Auburn in 2007, the year the Bulls beat the Tigers 26-23 in overtime. USF sells approximately 1,000 tickets per road game.
USF executive associate athletic director Bill McGillis said a factor in the number of tickets purchased by USF fans was the decreasing demand with FSU ticket sales. The athletics department was able to request more than originally planned due to FSU’s lower-than-average summer ticket sales.
“It was perfect timing,” he said. “Normally, we don’t get to access this many tickets. They may have been a bit concerned about their ability to sell tickets.”
Another factor in the mass ticket sales, McGillis said, was getting the opportunity to see the USF football program play an in-state opponent, one with as much tradition as Florida State.
“There’s a high level of enthusiasm and excitement for our team and our program,” McGillis said. “I think our fans will continue to travel to games within the state.”
To add even more excitement, the majority of Florida State fans will be dressed for a “white out” in Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday. To stick out, USF fans are encouraged to wear green.
Although the white out didn’t directly affect ticket sales, it created another element to the game, McGillis said.
“I think it’s having an effect on the hype and anticipation of the game,” he said. “Now that our fans know (about the white out), I think the level of pride at USF is coming through and I think we’ll stick out like a sore thumb. Imagine 12,000 people wearing green. It’s going to be a beautiful sight.”