N.C. State football breaks its season tickets record

Fans fill Carter Finley Stadium (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

North Carolina State University has broken its record for most football season tickets sold.

Through June 1, N.C. State had sold 36,342 season tickets passing the previous high of 35,156 in 2007. Last year, season tickets came up just short of the record at 35,138.

“If you look at the history of season ticket sales here in recent years, there’s remarkable loyalty and consistency from our fan base first and foremost,” said Fred Demarest, N.C. State’s associate athletics director for communications and marketing. “Our renewal rates are currently at 96 pct right now, which is where we were a year ago.”

Demarest pointed out that the Wolfpack has an attractive home schedule that features match-ups with Notre Dame, Miami and Florida State. “there’s also been some really strategic and creative work and collaboration from a number of internal units,” he added.

The uptick isn’t necessarily based on winning as the 2006 team went 3-9 yet the record was set for season tickets in 2007 when the team ending up going 5-7. This season the Wolfpack is coming off an overall winning season at 7-6 but Fox Sports predicts that the Pack will be the 10th best team in the ACC.

Last season, Carter-Finley stadium averaged almost 99 percent of capacity, which was the second-highest rate in the conference.

Demarest said the Pack has an incredible fan base in a number of sports. “In 2014-15, we had the largest jump in attendance in college basketball, and this year we’ll likely finish in the Top 10 in the nation in hoops attendance,” he said.

In addition, the four best years for baseball season tickets have been the last four.

“We’re incredibly blessed to have this fan base and certainly never take their support for granted,” Demarest said.

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