Tech season-ticket sales improving

Georgia Tech’s season-ticket sales are outpacing last year’s totals, according to sales figures provided by the Institute.

Despite a weak home schedule for the 2010 season, Tech has sold 21,728 season tickets through April 26. Sales were at 21,405 at the same point last year and finished at 26,308 sold.

Ticket sales have been trending up despite the weak economy. In 2008, Paul Johnson’s first season at Tech, 23,900 were sold. In 2007, Chan Gailey’s last as coach at Tech as well as the last year before the recession, approximately 26,083 were sold.

The Aspire Group, a company which Tech contracted with last summer to supplement its ticket sales operations, has sold more than 774 new season-ticket packages since January, according to associate athletics director Wayne Hogan. The result is more than $240,000 in new revenue for the Institute.

Season-ticket packages are on sale through the home-opener against I-AA foe South Carolina State on Sept. 4.

Tech is in the odd year of its home schedule when Georgia, Clemson and Virginia Tech – three of the biggest ticket-sale games — don’t come to the 55,000-seat Bobby Dodd Stadium. Last year’s average home attendance was 51,584. Average attendance in 2008 was 47,489.

This year’s home schedule includes N.C. State on Sept. 25, Virginia on Oct. 9, Middle Tennessee State on Oct. 16, a pivotal game against Miami on Nov. 13 and the home-finale against Duke on Nov. 20.

76 comments Add your comment

Jacket Backer

April 28th, 2010
2:51 pm

can’t wait until september!…its going to be fun fall…..

Go Jackets!!!

JAdams

April 28th, 2010
2:55 pm

Good to see more tickets are being sold. This is very exciting. I know I got mine. Cant wait to see all of you down town on the flats

Unanswered questions linger

April 28th, 2010
2:58 pm

Will there be more seats filled at home than were sets in the Urange? THAT game and the ACC Championsip game crowd were humiliations for tech. They have no follwing and cannot draw a crowd in the largest metro area in the south. Up in Athens, however, fans drive from as far away as Atlanta, Jacksonville, Tampa and Orlando and Nashville, Charlotte, to view home games for UGA.

Why cannot ech not build a following? This has been ther humiliation for decades or at least since they ran from the SEC.

BT

April 28th, 2010
3:02 pm

What was the problem with the ACC championship crowd? I thought it was a great crowd. Don’t know about the Orange, I couldn’t go. Either way, they don’t give trophies for fans in the stands, if they did then South Carolina would have actually won something at some point.

StingerSplash

April 28th, 2010
3:03 pm

What’s this about tech wanting to get out of the contract with alabama?

BigTimeTechFan

April 28th, 2010
3:05 pm

I don’t have season tickets, I wish I could get them.

wesleywhatwhat

April 28th, 2010
3:10 pm

just maintaining last year’s level of season ticket sales would be a huge win considering how less-than-impressive the slate of opponents are for 2010.

Terrible Truth

April 28th, 2010
3:10 pm

21,728. Better blow the dust off those free hot dog and Coke certificates.

wesleywhatwhat

April 28th, 2010
3:12 pm

i can’t help but feel bad for the douches (uga fans, no doubt. or am i repeating myself?) who feel the need to post retarded comments on georgia tech team articles.

must be a quiet day on the athens police scanner for a change.

How Long?

April 28th, 2010
3:18 pm

How long before GSU will surpass GT in season tickets sales?

lexdog

April 28th, 2010
3:23 pm

must be giving away free pizzas this year instead of hotdogs.

bad brad

April 28th, 2010
3:33 pm

Hey wesleydoublewhat, you want to see inane comments look at how many technerds post on the UGA sites. I read this article because I thought ticket sales were up for Tech and was curious, then I read they were only up 323 over last year. Now there is a cause for celebration and an AJC blog if I have ever seen one. 323. Wow.

HugoStiglitz

April 28th, 2010
3:43 pm

Looking at our home schedule next season, its a little shocking to see a rise in season ticket sales. You would think they would drop like a rock with the teams we are playing. This is good news.

cybrwlf525

April 28th, 2010
3:45 pm

@Terrible Truth… what is it with the dig on free hot dog and coke certificates? Did that ever actually happen, or is it just a way for UGA fans to try to make fun of tech fans?

dixiejacket

April 28th, 2010
3:48 pm

If we sell enough football season tickets can we fire Hewitt and hire a real coach?

Rajesh Koothrappali

April 28th, 2010
4:00 pm

Tech officials must be proud to have season ticket numbers that put them in 1-AA neighborhood. Only problem is most 1-AA schools are in the middle of nowhere, not the largest city in the south.

Matt Kurz

April 28th, 2010
4:11 pm

For those of you who are looking for season tickets, or know someone who is – I am a ticket sales rep here at Tech, call 404-385-4414 and I’d be happy to help you out!

GT BABY

April 28th, 2010
4:31 pm

HOW LONG?- HOW LONG UNTIL GEORGIA WINS ANOTHER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP? 2080?

TechGrad

April 28th, 2010
4:35 pm

GT BABY how long before Tech can beat UGA more than one time in a row at Football or Basketball? When was the last time Tech one a National Championship that was not a shared title? Those are more important questions that you should be asking.

Cuttysark

April 28th, 2010
4:37 pm

Hopefully everyone will renew and bring in some additional football fans to see the Yellow Jackets this year at BDS. Winning is the best advertising for any team’s season ticket sales.

For more Georgia Tech Football articles go to http://isportsweb.com. Go Jackets!

gt45

April 28th, 2010
4:42 pm

UGA:SEC :: TOILET:HOUSE-It’s full of crap and stinks up everything around it. Eight wins, again, and cellar dwellers!

82Dawg

April 28th, 2010
4:47 pm

gt45 …call us cellar dewellers but we did beat the ACC champs so what does that make yall? Toilet paper for the Toilet House!!

reality

April 28th, 2010
4:49 pm

UGA just lost another QB….you fans should worry about your miserable team and stop trolling on our blog.

gt45

April 28th, 2010
4:55 pm

ACC CHAMPS!!!!!!

82Dawg

April 28th, 2010
4:59 pm

reality ….just like I see your comments on every UGA blog.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

April 28th, 2010
5:03 pm

Doug: I know others have commented on your article about BayBay, but I also wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed that article. It was very well done.

Tech alumni

April 28th, 2010
5:04 pm

Over the past 2 weeks or so, I have 11 missed calls from 404-385-4400. One call each weekday, usually in the morning. I’m convinced it’s someone at the GTAA or the Aspire Group trying to sell me season tickets. If I hold out, I wonder if they will keep calling each weekday until September 4th? Should be interesting.

john

April 28th, 2010
5:05 pm

GTs attendance is only “embarrasing” or a “terrible truth” to ignorant people. GT actually blows UGA out of the water in football attendance per alumnus. The only unanswered question is why such diehard UGA alums contribute 1/3 of the money per alumnus that Tech grads do.

UGA does have a bigger non-alumni fan base, but the truth is, no Tech grad wants all the moronic drunken rednecks as fans anyway. Allows us to at least have a little pride in our following

Old Fashioned

April 28th, 2010
5:33 pm

GT basketball fans—consider boycotting basketball but spend extra for football!!!!

john

April 28th, 2010
5:38 pm

My bad, I was a little off on my stats. GT alums only give TWICE as much money back per person as UGA grads http://www2.acs.ncsu.edu/UPA/peers/current/research_intensive/alumgiv.htm. But it is the best of any public institution. When UGA gets fans somewhere close to as diehard as Tech then you can start raggin on us for our attendance.

Coach Hewitt..

April 28th, 2010
6:04 pm

You’re gonna have to sell a lot more than 323 extra tix if you wanna buy me out.LMAO… I run this school !!!.. $7.1 million or STFU… Oh…before i forget, my UGA law school grad agent & my good friend Dave Braine said hello…..SUCKERS…

GT Fan...

April 28th, 2010
7:24 pm

TRUE GT fans buy season tix no matter who is on the home schedule! Buying season tix every other year for the better home schedule is a load of crap, and YES embarrassing.

The players deserve your best effort … support the football team/program 100% not 50%!!

And, at a minimum, get your sorry butts up to Clemson & GA in 2010 too!

Worm

April 28th, 2010
7:30 pm

John, You are full of it..Donate 10 dollars and you’ll receive Tech tixs..try about 5 Grand to get dawg tixs..Besides, YOU guys make SO much more MONEY!

juvenal

April 28th, 2010
7:44 pm

know lots of daugs…cutting back, splitting tix-bet that waiting list is a lot smaller, 5K$ now, not 10?..giving up pc & gburg, selling their jville tix…GTF, seeyou at cu & sanford & son…

TDone

April 28th, 2010
7:55 pm

I live in Northern Virginia and I have only missed one Tech home game since 2003. But as I have always stated to our good friends up Highway 29, it’s not the quantity of the fans, but the quality of the fans that count. To that end, Tech beats Georgia A&M by a country mile.

We own you

April 28th, 2010
7:57 pm

30-24

Never forget: we own you.

Worm

April 28th, 2010
8:02 pm

TDone, remember if you’re a woman at Tech, The ODDS are Good, but the GOODS are ODD!

Good advice

April 28th, 2010
8:16 pm

Remember, member of the yellow jacket nation make approximately $1 million more over their career than members of the dog nation (Payscale’s, facts not mine). We are far more valued than your pedestrian education. Top ten state in population and economy and you are barely able to get ahead of Clemson in the rankings… just sad. Your athletics would be nothing without the drivel that neglects their kids well being to prop you up. You rank higher in NCAA violations than you do in academics… pathetic.

SoCal Dawg

April 28th, 2010
8:16 pm

TDone, I bet you use the argument “Its not the size of the ship but the motion in the ocean. I love you techies… I really do.

Too Easy

April 28th, 2010
8:17 pm

“Football attendance per alum”. Jeez, what kinda dumb stat is that? Just remember the Dawgs could sell even more tickets, but we’ve only got 93,000 seats (at this time).

Too Easy

April 28th, 2010
8:20 pm

And this is a sports blog, not a payscale blog. Remember: you choose what you want to do in life, and engineering ain’t always at the top of the list. Lots of folks choose the low-paying yet highly admirable teaching route. I’ve seen more happy teachers than I have seen happy engineers.

Too Hard

April 28th, 2010
8:36 pm

I don’t care what you call it… It an “Us versus Them” blog and always will be. This is the area we have dominated you and always will. The point remains that people of lesser means are tempted to waste money that would be better spent on improving their kids’ lives… and UGA eats it up!

Too Hard

April 28th, 2010
8:38 pm

by the way… where was Ugag’s student body last night? No shows! I guess they had to study… for some reason they hadn’t in past years.

messin with sasquatch

April 28th, 2010
9:06 pm

why do you let ugaggers steer the subject toward their mediocre program. they almost got a new coach but their good fortune allowed them (cmr) to escape with a win. now they are stuck with their mediocrity another season. good recruiting going to waste every year. losing to gators. losing to wildcats. losing to vols. losing to the tide. need i say more???

pete

April 28th, 2010
9:15 pm

There is no excuse for such a truly pathetic home schedule.I’m surprised anybody wants to go to these games.BORING!

Skr8 out tha hood

April 28th, 2010
9:22 pm

That’s 323 more armed robbery victims on/near the Tech campus! What a safe place to send your kids!

Goldtimer's Caretaker

April 28th, 2010
9:28 pm

I’m surprised at the huge increase myself with no Thursday night games on the schedule. Pretty bad when Georgia Southern has a bigger fanbase than Georgia Tech.

GTkenz

April 28th, 2010
10:03 pm

John – “UGA does have a bigger non-alumni fan base, but the truth is, no Tech grad wants all the moronic drunken rednecks as fans anyway. Allows us to at least have a little pride in our following”

News-Flash, John, I too am an alum, and I’ve been to nearly every home and away game for the last 20 years, and Tech has just as many moronic drunken rednecks as any school in the country. I’ve tailgated at nearly every lot in and around Tech and have never seen one without its share of drunks, myself included. Adding and subtracting well does not make us elitists, we just have a little more disposable income.

ROCK

April 28th, 2010
10:14 pm

lets see . during the bobby dodd era tech was on top in football . used to draw 60,000 with out any problem . played tenn,alabama,auburn on a regular basis . why did they down size the stadium ? should have never left the sec . always remember that A BAD DAY IN ATHENS IS STILL BETTER THAN A GOOD DAY AT TECH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ed

April 28th, 2010
10:19 pm

face painting, street carnivals, clowns, I can’t wait for the game day experience at GT this fall.