MORGANTOWN - West Virginia sold about 6,000 single-game and mini-package football tickets since opening sales to the public Monday and season tickets are still available through three methods, Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Marketing Matt Wells said Wednesday.
One of the three ways to get season tickets is new this season. In the third year of beer sales at Mountaineer Field, WVU is introducing a block of about 1,110 seats in a designated alcohol-free area called the Family FunZone.
"A lot of the feedback we heard throughout the beer sale process and when this was being planned the first two years was related to, 'It'd be nice to have an area in the stadium that's alcohol free,' " Wells said. "We made that a priority, but there were some variables at play there."
In short, the Mountaineers have tickets to spare this year. They're not locked into large allotments to visiting teams like Marshall (5,300 tickets) or LSU (5,000) in non-conference play. Visiting Big 12 teams get 3,850, which is less than what visiting Big East teams were to receive.
"Logistically, a number of things helped us open a full section for this season that had been a part of the visiting team's allotment," Wells said. "We wanted to work with fans to accommodate them as best as we could, but we needed things to open up operationally and logistically."
The alcohol-free zone is section 133 in the South end zone. It requires no donation to the Mountaineer Athletic Club and costs the same $365 fee every other season ticket package costs before a MAC donation. Single-game tickets are also available in that zone for that game's face value.
Fans can still buy season tickets in the green zone in the South end zone that includes the alcohol-free zone.
No MAC donation is required there, either. Season tickets in the orange zone in the Northwest, Southwest and Southeast corners of the stadium and the gold zones located inside the orange zones in the same corners require a MAC donation.
Ideally, those three ideas help Wells boost season ticket sales, which are down this season. Wells said Wednesday 33,100 had been sold for next season. Last season, WVU sold more than 37,400.