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Season ticket sales outlook

Less than a week after Dan McCarney reported that UTSA had sold 9,101 season tickets, he has already updated the number to 9,482. According to the report, nearly 400 season tickets have been sold in the last week alone, which comes out to be more than 50 tickets per day.

As the inaugural game for UTSA approaches, season ticket sales have been skyrocketing. In the last 40 days UTSA has sold around 2,500 season tickets, which is the same amount sold in the seven month span from October to May.

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Season ticket update, nearing 10,000 sold

Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express-News reported today that 9,101 season tickets have been sold for the Roadrunners’ inaugural season.

But how does 9,101 compare with other D1 programs?

The Baylor Bears announced today that their 15,000th season ticket had been sold, which is apparently their highest number in recent history. Last year Baylor averaged just over 40,000 in attendance at each home game.

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Nearly 6,000 UTSA football season tickets sold

In an e-mail sent to members of the Roadrunner Athletic Fund, UTSA athletic director Lynn Hickey addressed the season ticket seat selection, the new TV show “The Birth of a Program”, and how many season tickets had been sold.

A record-tying 2010-2011 athletic school year is rapidly coming to a close. The academic year is complete, but a few of our teams are still competing. Baseball, as well as Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, are still competing.

Five UTSA teams won Southland Conference championships this year-tying the school record. Volleyball, Indoor Track and Field, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Golf, Women’s Soccer won SLC championships. As soon as baseball completes its regular season, the SLC Commissioner’s Cup will be awarded to the top university program. UTSA already has won the Women’s All-Sports Trophy. With the baseball points yet to be determined, UTSA has a five-point lead over Stephen F. Austin in the combined Men’s and Women’s race for the Commissioner’s Cup.

The seat selection process for the inaugural UTSA football season is running smoothly. Thank you to those who have purchased tickets. Nearly 6,000 season tickets already have been sold three months before the first kick-off. Please spread the word about tickets to friends, family and neighbors. Seat selections now will be based on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are a limited number of suites still available. For suites and hospitality level prestige seating, please contact the Roadrunner Athletic Fund at (210) 458-4665.

Hopefully you have seen the first episode of the Fox Sports Southwest documentary UTSA Football: The Birth of a Program. If you have not, please tune in to FoxSports SW for reruns of the first episode and the remaining five shows. The second episode will air at 10 p.m., May 28.

Former UTSA letter winners should be on the lookout for the re-introduction of the UTSA Varsity Club. If you are a former varsity athlete, please email VarsityClub@utsa.edu for more information. We are pleased to offer this opportunity for former-student athletes to engage with the current student-athletes, coaches and fans.

What a year it has been. The last nine months have been some of the most successful in UTSA Athletics history. But we are not content. We have considerable future challenges as we complete our stay in the Southland Conference in 2011-2012 and prepare to move to the Western Athletic Conference in 2012-2013.

A sign in our weight room reads, “The loftier the goals, the higher the price tag.” Our student-athletes read this every trip to the weight room. They understand that they must be willing to give more to be more successful. The same rings true for all areas of athletics. We have been able to grow and accomplish new highs in part because of your financial support. Thank you for all that you do in support of UTSA Athletics.

Go ‘Runners!

Signature of Lynn Hickey

From the Desk of Lynn Hickey

Here is a copy of an e-mail sent out to Roadrunner Athletic Fund donors:

We at UTSA Athletics just wanted to take the time to thank everyone that attended our first ever Spring Football Game on April 9 at the Alamodome. We couldn’t have been happier with the turnout. There are many spring games at universities across the country that do not have the turnout that we experienced. For that, we thank you.

We thank all of you that have purchased season tickets for the inaugural season and for those who haven’t, there is still time. Please invite everyone to take part in this historic event for Texas. We want to see the Alamodome packed and rocking this September 3. It is hard to believe that we are only four months from kickoff.

Basketball excitement is already growing around campus for next season. Coach Thompson’s team is recruiting heavily across the country and is confident they will be in a position for a second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. Devin Gibson’s shoes will be tough to fill, but we are sure to have someone step up and lead the team to another championship. Make plans to be a season ticket holder next fall.

One thing to note is that we have currently tied the Southland Conference record with four conference championships this year and Outdoor Track, Baseball, Softball, and Men’s and Women’s Golf are still competing. One more conference championship this year would break the record. Please show your support to these athletes by attending their competitions. It really does make a difference. Our student-athletes greatly appreciate all of the support that you give, personally and financially.

The 3rd Annual Larry Coker Golf Tournament will be held May 24 at Briggs Ranch. This is a change of venue for this tournament as it has been at Sonterra in the past. We look forward to having a full field again this year. Thank you to those that have played in the past and supported the groundwork for UTSA Football. Contact Shelly Horn-Rogers at (210) 458-6333 or shelly.rogers@utsa.edu for details about the tournament.

Go ‘Runners!

Signature of Lynn Hickey
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