Report: Free falling ticket sales could cost Florida State several million dollars
College football attendance is a huge topic right now. No team or conference has seemingly figured out a way to solve arguably the biggest issue facing the sport.
Attendance is basically down unless teams are in the running for conference or national championships.
One team that has fallen off in a massive way is Florida State. Declining attendance combined with poor performance (5-7 in 2018) could cost the Seminoles several million dollars in 2019. In fact, the FSU budget has projected an $8 million decrease in ticket revenue, according to a new report by Warchant’s Ira Schoffel.
FSU’s season ticket sales could fall below 25,000 out of a possible 40,000 this season. If it finishes with less than 25,000 tickets sold, that would be a decrease of 20 percent year over year.
“It’s a reflection of the last two or three seasons we’ve had, the schedule we have at home, and the attitude of this generation between 20 and 40 about going to live sporting events,” FSU athletics director David Coburn told Warchant in a recent interview.
A quick glance at FSU’s home schedule in 2019, and it’s unlikely the sales will exceed 25,000 from the current 23,424. FSU hosts ULM, Louisville, NC State, Syracuse, Miami and Alabama State. Its two biggest games — Clemson and Florida — are both away from Doak Campbell Stadium.
FSU fans weren’t happy with Willie Taggart’s debut season either. Yes, the roster was depleted following Jimbo Fisher’s departure, but finishing an unimpressive 5-7 while getting hammered 41-14 by Florida has fans uninterested.
You can read Warchant’s full report here.