Florida having tough time selling its football tickets

Kentucky is not the only SEC team having trouble selling tickets this football season. But another league member with similar woes comes as something of a surprise.

There were plenty of empty seats at Florida's season-opening 27-14 win over Bowling Green on Saturday. Attendance was announced at 84,000, far shy of capacity for Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

In fact, Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel joked Sunday that he knew where Clint Eastwood got the empty chair the legendary actor/director used at the Republican National Convention last week — the empty seats at Florida Field.

Bianchi also wrote:

Florida's last two non-conference home games (other than FSU) — Bowling Green on Saturday and Furman last year — are the lowest-attended since the last home game before Zook got fired. And it's not just the high-dollar seats that are going unsold. For the first time anyone can remember, the Gators didn't sell out their allotment of season tickets or student tickets.

“It's not fun when the Gators aren't winning,” UF student Magdala Joseph told the student newspaper. “If it becomes a season where the games are worth watching, I'll go.”

Florida's average attendance was 90,635 in 2009, 90,511 in 2010 and 89,061 in 2011.

 

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