Sunday, January 23, 2011

Georgia Tech Basketball Attendance Watch: Single Game Seats Now Available

The Yellow Jackets fell to 2-3 in ACC play and 9-9 overall with Saturday's 72-64 loss at Virginia.

Tech notched two ACC home wins last beating North Carolina and Wake Forest in blowout fashion. The win over the Demon Deacons was Tech's largest ACC win ever.

But fans are still staying away from the gate as evidenced by Alexander Memorial Coliseum being just two-thirds full (6,062 out of 9,191)to watch Tech play Wake. Those unfilled seats cost Georgia Tech $109k in ticket sales alone!

With a road win this past Saturday, which would have been the team's first of the season, you could see the fan support show up for a crucial home game against Virginia Tech. But the loss in Charlottesville likely closed the wallets again.

The Athletic Department has recognized the sagging demand and is putting all remaining ACC home games out for single game ticket sales.

I can't remember the last time single game tickets were made available this early in the ACC season. Maybe in the late 90s when Cremins was struggling near the end of his run?

On the Georgia Tech Athletics website the graphic displayed behind the link to the single game tickets tells the story.
Jason Morris goes up for a dunk with a back drop of empty seats. Image from GTAA, Paul Abell
Running total empty seats is costing Tech in ticket sales.
UGA $86,310 lost without a full arena
Sav. St $24,195 lost without 75% full arena
Mercer $15,980 lost without 75% full arena
Charlotte $22,500 lost without 75% full arena
UNC $37,310 lost without a full arena
Wake Forest $109,515 lost without a full arena
TOTAL $295,810 lost in ticket sales alone

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