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USC football ticket sales booming despite 7-6 season

Linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams (4) drags down running back David Williams (33) during the Gamecocks' spring game in April.
Linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams (4) drags down running back David Williams (33) during the Gamecocks' spring game in April. mbergen@thestate.com

Despite a sour 2014, season-ticket business is booming.

The Gamecocks’ 7-6 season last year hasn’t dampened enthusiasm for 2015, according to athletic director Ray Tanner and Lance Grantham, assistant AD in charge of ticket operations. The two said Thursday that USC is on pace to at least match the approximately 54,000 season tickets sold last year.

“We’re practically at the same place now as we were this time last year in season-ticket sales,” Tanner said.

Tanner and Grantham said that as the first phase of season-ticket ordering has completed, USC has sold over 50,000 tickets. Throughout the summer and the next phase – seat selection – they expect USC to match the mark of 2014.

Season-ticket capacity at Williams-Brice Stadium is 55,000. USC increased from 51,967 tickets sold in 2013 to around 54,000 in 2014.

Tickets remained the same price. USC raised prices $45 to $365 per season ticket before the 2013 season, which was the first increase since 2008. USC also rescinded a dues hike to Gamecock Club members, where membership is required to purchase season tickets, to help with the added cost of seat license fees ($50-$395).

STATUS QUO

South Carolina didn’t raise prices for football season tickets this year and is on pace to match its sales of last year (around 54,000). The prices for each home game:

Sept. 12: Kentucky $40

Sept. 26: UCF $40

Oct. 10: LSU $70

Oct. 17: Vanderbilt $40

Nov. 14: Florida $70

Nov. 21: The Citadel $25

Nov. 28: Clemson $80

-- Figures supplied by USC

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