Clemson Football Season Tickets Sales Approaching Record


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Clemson, SC-Clemson has sold 57,141 season tickets for the 2001
campaign, less than 500 away from the school's all-time record,
Associate Athletic Director and Ticket Manager Van Hilderbrand said
on Wednesday. The single season record is 57,625 set in 1988, a
season in which Clemson played both South Carolina and Florida State
at Death Valley.


Hilderbrand announced that season tickets are still available
by calling the Clemson ticket office at 1-800-CLEMSON.


This year's figure of 57,141 is already the highest total
since the 1990 season when Clemson sold 57,396 season tickets. This
is just the fifth time Clemson has exceeded the 57,000 season ticket
mark. Hilderbrand said ticket sales are still strong and the record
could be set by the September 1 opener with Central Florida. Season
ticket figures do not include what is allotted to the opposition, or
Clemson student ticket sales.


Clemson sold 54,159 season tickets last year, an increase of
nearly 4,000 over the previous year. Clemson sold 46,541 season
tickets in 1998, the year prior to the beginning of the Tommy Bowden
era at Clemson. That means, season tickets have increased by 10,
600 since Bowden became Clemson coach for the beginning of the 1999
season.


Clemson averaged 78,378 fans per game in 2000, its highest
average since the 1990 season. The school ranked seventh in the
nation in total attendance and 12th in average attendance for the
2000 season. The 2000 season also saw an average of 11,050 students
attend Clemson home games, an all-time record.


Ticket prices for Clemson's six home games are $25 apiece
with the exception of the Florida State ticket, which is $32.
Clemson's away games at Georgia Tech and South Carolina are also
priced at $32 apiece. A ticket to the Clemson vs. NC State game in
Raleigh is priced at $28, while the games at Wake Forest and Maryland
are $25 a ticket.


Kickoff times for the first three games of the season are set
for 1:00 PM. The contests with Central Florida (Sept. 1), Wofford
(Sept. 8) and Duke (Sept. 15) will have no live television. The
kickoff for the Virginia game on September 22nd will be announced 12
days prior to the game, as is the case with the remaining schedule.


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