CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia University suspended ticket sales to all but two of this year's home football games in a matter of hours Tuesday, the latest sign of excitement over the school's inaugural Big 12 season.
Tuesday was the first day of single-game ticket sales for the 2013 football season. This year is also the last scheduled year for the Friends of Coal Bowl, the game that has been played for the past six years between WVU and Marshall University.
Both of those factors sent fans rushing to order tickets when they went on sale Tuesday morning.
"We've had just a huge day when it comes to ticket sales," said Matt Wells, WVU's assistant athletic director for marketing and sales.
"As of 3 o'clock, we've sold 9,000 total single-game tickets for those available single home games," Wells said. "That's a heck of a number for a little less than one business day."
Tickets went on sale at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Tickets for the WVU's home opener versus Marshall on Sept. 1 and its inaugural Big 12 home game against Baylor on Sept. 29 lasted about two and a half hours.
"We announced that we suspended sales for those two games shortly after 11:30 (a.m.)," Wells said.
He said it wasn't much of a surprise that individual game tickets went so fast.
"The availability was somewhat limited to begin with," he said.
WVU later announced that ticket sales for the Mountaineers' Sept. 22 home game versus Maryland and Oct. 22 home game against Kansas State also were suspended, pending additional returns from the visiting team allotment.
WVU has sold all but 800 of its 38,200 season tickets for this season.
Wells expects the remaining season ticket packages to sell later this summer.
The university is holding steady the allotment of 12,500 student tickets for each game this season.
Students will be able to claim those tickets during the week leading up to each game.