Despite Loss of Gus Malzahn, ASU Football Pushes Ahead

by Chris Bahn  on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 12:00 am  

Bryan Harsin, offensive coordinator at Texas, was introduced as the new ASU coach eight days after Malzahn’s departure. “We’ve got to continue pressing forward,” ASU System President Charles Welch says. (Photo by John Bunch)

Season ticket sales increased for a fifth consecutive year, and the Red Wolves reported 8,092 sold for 2012. ASU saw a bump of 1,050 more tickets than last year, the largest jump in sales the past five seasons.

Announced attendance also hit a five-year high this year. ASU reported an average attendance of 26,398, including a school record 31,243 for the season finale.

Increased ticket sales and attendance impact the bottom line for the football program and athletic department. Budget projections from October show the Red Wolves expected a football program profit of $1.3 million for the year, a more than $1 million increase from 2011.

Naming rights for Liberty Bank Stadium were secured in September when the Jonesboro-based bank pledged $5 million. Finding a willing venue sponsor was seen as yet another sign of progress in Jonesboro.

ASU Posts Attendance Gains

Arkansas State University has seen its football season ticket base increase each of the last five seasons and announced attendance has increased for the past three. Below we look at the numbers, courtesy of ASU:

SeasonTicket Sales
2012 8,092
2011 7,042
2010 6,180
2009 5,840
2008 5,481
Average Announced Attendance
2012 26,398 (six games)
2011 21,256 (six games)
2010 17,394 (five games)
2009 17,689 (five games)
2008 21,105 (five games)



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