Hot ticket: Auburn football for 2015
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn sold out of its football season tickets at a faster pace than last year and is far ahead of its pace in selling season tickets for the basketball season.
The increase in demand leaves Auburn with only a limited number of single-game football tickets for the Ole Miss and Mississippi State games. The increase in demand for basketball season tickets through Tigers Unlimited has decreased the availability for season tickets to the general public.
Most of the football season tickets sales are associated with donations to Tigers Unlimited, which offers premium seating. Auburn had only 300 season tickets available to the general public following the increase in Tigers Unlimited donations.
The sale of basketball season tickets through Tigers Unlimited is up 75 percent over the same period last year.
Auburn has sold all its tickets to home football games against Jacksonville State, San Jose State, Georgia, Idaho and Alabama. Football season tickets sold out two months earlier than last year.
Scott Carr, Auburn's Senior Athletics Director for External Affairs, said the athletic program will benefit from the positive response in Tigers Unlimited donations.
"It's exciting to be up that much in Tigers Unlimited, and that's coming off an 8-5 season. The year before, we're coming off playing for the national championship, but we've exceeded those sales. That's very positive," Carr said.
Auburn offered complete seven-game season ticket packages as well as five-game season ticket packages to the general public that didn't include the sold-out Georgia and Alabama games.
Single-game football tickets ranged from $30 for Idaho to $115 for Georgia and Alabama.
"We wanted to have some family-friendly pricing for those non-conference games," Carr said.
Available season tickets are determined after subtracting 14,500 tickets for students, 10,000 for visiting teams such as Georgia and Alabama, and season tickets for faculty staff and sponsors and setting seats aside for recruits.
Carr said Auburn aggressively sold tickets to the non-conference games.
"Our out-bound ticket sales team has been working really hard to sell tickets to groups," Carr said.
That included a seats-for-solders program, working in conjunction with GameDay for Heroes, in which Auburn fans purchased tickets that will be donated to military personnel. Auburn also sold group packages to youth football groups and cheerleader groups for the non-conference games.
Carr said basketball season tickets are going strong as well after selling out of season tickets last season.
Basketball season tickets for the general public will go on sale Sept. 15.
For Sale: Mississippi State and Ole Miss tickets can be purchased online through the Auburn ticket office here.
On the way: Tickets began shipping Aug. 10, including to all season ticket holders who selected FedEx or Priority Mail as the means of delivery. Season and 5-game packs ordered after July 1 will be mailed later in August. This week begins the shipping of tickets purchased to the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game, followed by single-game tickets which will mail out on Aug. 24. The final shipment, which will begin Aug. 31, is for away game tickets (LSU, Kentucky, Arkansas, Texas A&M).
Basketball tickets, too: Sept. 1 is the deadline for basketball ticket priority orders to be placed.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine