Season ticket sales are expected to increase over the next month.
"This time of year it's pretty steady," Wells said. "The majority of orders will come in right around the May 15 priority deadline, but it's just a positive, healthy sign that the numbers are remaining ahead of pace with that deadline."
The increase in the number of tickets sold so far, combined with a $30 price increase for season tickets this year translates to a funding increase of about $350,000 for the Athletic Department when compared to the same point last year.
"That's a positive thing for the department," Wells said. "The earlier the orders come in obviously impacts our cash flow."
While sales are 10 percent ahead of last year, the increase over previous years in the last decade is even bigger.
Wells compared total sales through April 15 to prior years. This year, the ticket office had sold 4,823 through April 15.
"Other years it's been as low as about 1,200," Wells said, "So there's been a range of numbers between 1,200 and 4,823."
That range makes more than a million-dollar difference to the athletic department.
The 4,823 tickets sold translate to about $1.9 million in revenue. Even at today's prices, selling just 1,200 tickets would bring in just $474,000.
"That is an encouraging sign for us that our numbers are trending ahead of pace," Wells said. "We're certainly pleased with that, and certainly hopefully we expect it will continue."
Wells said this was the first year the university allowed people to both buy tickets and make their athletic club donations on the ticket office's WVUgame.com website.
He said that has helped streamline the process for fans.
Wells said the goal for next year is to have the website updated so fans can make their donation, buy their season tickets and also purchase their parking passes for WVU games all from the same website.
Contact writer Jared Hunt at jared.h...@dailymail.com or 304-348-5148.