TUCSON--Only 3,500 tickets remain for Arizona's home football opener this Saturday against BYU, and UA officials say the game shapes up to sell out before game day.
It would be UA's first sellout since the Cats drew a capacity crowd-plus of 57,367 for the home opener against No. 18 Ohio State in 2000. The UA had only will-call business at the ticket office on game day for that contest, and expect a similar situation this year.
Assistant athletics director James Francis said the 3,500 tickets (in at least pairs), plus several hundred long seats spread throughout the stadium, remained at the start of business Monday. "The demand has been steady for the past month, and it really picked up in the last 10 days. Today was more of the same. We should be in a will-call only situation by Saturday," he said.
Student "Zona Zoo" season tickets also sold briskly last week, he said, and that area of the stadium should be filled to its 10,000 capacity easily.
In fact, under the student government-approved arrangement for Zona Zoo tickets -- which offer multi-venue ticketing opportunities in various sports, and are first-come, first-served seats for football games -- if the student section fills completely before kickoff some students may be turned away due to the fact that spill-over seats in other sections of the stadium wouldn't be available this week as they were in the past, associate atheltics director Scott Mackenzie explained.
Many buyers opted for season tickets after calling or visiting the ticket office in quest of single-game seats, Francis said, and UA has reached its third-highest total with some 26,256 sold through Friday.
"This week, anyone thinking of going to the BYU game needs to act now," Francis said. Also, he added that early sales for the Stephen F. Austin game Sept. 16 and the Pac-10 opener against USC on Sept. 23 have risen since single-game tickets went on sale.
Tickets can be ordered online on this web site, or by telephone (520-621-2287 or 800-452-2287).