WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - As the Boilermakers prepare to take on the Sycamores of Indiana State University at home on September 7, some Purdue fans said they're more ready to cheer on the team than ever before.
“Definitely more excited for this season,” Purdue sophomore Lindsey Nichols said. “There have been a lot of changes that I think can really help fans be even more excited."
Purdue Associate Athletics Director Tom Schott said the biggest change this year is bringing in a new coach with a new philosophy and fresh ideas.
"Certainly since Darrell Hazell was hired last December, there has been renewed enthusiasm in the program,” Schott said.
Schott said that renewed enthusiasm has driven ticket sales to increase from last year.
"Total season tickets are up nine percent and the number of new season tickets are over 5,000,” Schott explained. “Last year that figure was under 2,000, so we feel that people have bought into what coach Hazell has been saying. He certainly comes across as a great leader for the program.”
Schott said this is the first year Purdue has had dynamic ticket pricing. He said that could be the reason why they're seeing an increase when it comes to season ticket sales.
"With the way ticket sales have gone the last few years, there really isn't a sense of urgency, but with dynamic pricing, prices could go up as we get closer to games and people decide 'Oh I need to buy tickets for that game,'" Schott said.
One of the biggest games to be played at Ross Ade this season is the match up against Notre Dame on Saturday, September 14 at 8 p.m.
Schott said 50,000 tickets have already been sold for that game. That's about 12,000 shy of filling up every seat at Ross Ade. He said he has hope they'll sell out, or come close to it.
The first home game for the Boilermakers is scheduled for Saturday, September 7 against the Sycamores of Indiana State.
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