As Paul wrote about this morning. Earlier today, news came from the a University of Louisville press release that the University of Kentucky athletics department returned 2,060 of the 5,000 tickets alloted for the September 2nd Louisville game at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium.
According to the Courier-Journal, Tony Neely, a spokesman at Kentucky said if UK was unable to move the remaining tickets, the school would have owed $156,000 to the University of Louisville. Returning the tickets, just under a month out from the game, relieved the school from that obligation.
Earlier, it was confirmed that the tickets may have actually only been available to UK season ticket holders, but after speaking with several non-season ticket holding alumni, the tickets were also offered to at least them even if they were not available to the general public.
Kentucky still has at least 200 tickets available for purchase and Louisville will be offering the returned tickets via www.UofLSports.com at $50 a piece to UofL season ticket holders, a 56% discount and a price many fans may have jumped at. The reason for the price decrease is unknown at this time.
In 2010, Kentucky sold 5,353 of 5500 allotted. Having sold merely 58% of this years tickets, Kentucky will be at a 38% reduction from 2010 to 2012 sales. The near identical figure of the season ticket sales decline from 2009 (37%).
Many are blaming that price for the large quantity remaining. Others have noted the lack of information or the misinformation available and some are noting that it is another sign of support. Whatever the case, the annual finger pointing blaming the other school for returning tickets is a sign football season is upon as we are less than 26 days away.
Other Kentucky single game tickets also went on sale at ukathletics.com. Prices are $46 for SEC games and $41 for non-conference games.