Glass Announces Attendance Milestones and Expands Student Section for Bucket Game
Nov. 17, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Thanks in large part to a dramatic increase in student attendance, Indiana University football will average over 40,000 fans per game, including over 10,000 students for the first time in 17 years, Indiana Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass announced today. IU has averaged 40,478 fans per game through its first five home contests, and ticket sales for the home finale against Purdue already exceed 40,000, thus ensuring the plus-40,000 milestone, including over 10,000 student tickets.
In 2008, the Hoosiers went 3-5 at Memorial Stadium and averaged 31,782 fans per game. The last time IU averaged over 40,000 fans per home contest came in 1992 (44,074). Through the first five games of the season, Indiana has sold an average of 10,184 student tickets per game. That marks an increase of 2,824 tickets from the 2008 average. The Hoosiers haven't averaged that many students since 1992 (11,389). The Hoosiers are 3-2 at home this season.
Glass also announced that in recognition of strong pregame student ticket sales, he is expanding by more than 50 percent (from 8,100 to 12,500) the student section capacity for this Saturday's Old Oaken Bucket game. "We are closing in on selling out even this expanded student section," Glass said. "I strongly encourage students to buy their tickets very soon so they don't end up on the wrong side of a sellout like happened to so many of them for the Ohio State game."
"This team hasn't quit, and it's great to see that our students and other fans haven't quit on this team. Our attendance has been very solid throughout the season, and we think that expanding the student section is an excellent way to show our appreciation for their support," Glass said.
Glass wants to see a sold out Memorial Stadium on Saturday, and he called on all IU fans to follow the lead of the students to turnout for the Bucket Game in droves. "This team has continued to improve and battle every week. It would be great to see a packed house at Memorial Stadium on Saturday to push us to a win over Purdue and to say farewell to a remarkable senior class."
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