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BYU Game Tickets Dwindling
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: August 22, 2006
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TUCSON--The University of Arizona typically enjoys a robust "walk-up" crowd for home football games -- ticket sales on game day -- but things could be different come September 2nd when the Wildcats play host to Brigham Young in both teams' season opener.

Assistant athletics director James Francis said that entering this week less than 6,000 individual-game tickets remain for the BYU contest. "Normally, we can do that kind of trade on game day. But, it's very unlikely we'll have those tickets left by then this year," he said.

The UA has sold close to 26,000 season tickets to the general public and those sales continue. Plus, the student body has become a solid force in filling 'Zona Zoo' student-section seats. So far, about half the 10,000 Zona Zoo allotment has been sold, with business brisk as classes in the fall semester began yesterday.

About another 800 season tickets sold would help the UA post its second-best season total, eclipsing the 26,672 sold in 1999. The UA's best is 27,779 sold in 1994. Both those years followed Arizona's all-time top records of 10-2 in 1993 and 12-1 in 1998.

"We're really encouraged by the response, and hope would-be patrons will get out and get those remaining BYU tickets before game day," Francis said. It's reasonable to expect the game will be a sellout, he said. The Cats last drew a capacity crowd for a home opener in 56,002-seat Arizona Stadium in 2000, for No. 18 Ohio State. A year ago, 55,728 attended UA's home opener against NAU.

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