Ticket sales strong for WVU men’s basketball

 A column by Bob Hertzel for The Exponent Telegram

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The other day, while enjoying some liquid refreshment, I received a request from my mixologist to see if I could find her a couple of tickets for Saturday’s TCU men’s basketball game at the Coliseum as a birthday present for her father.

I explained that this was highly unlikely as the game had been announced as a sellout.

 “A sellout? TCU?” she said, obviously having looked at the standings and thinking it was odd one of the lower rung teams in the Big 12 Conference would be such a draw.

It did raise curiosity, not only how TCU came to be a sellout, but about ticket sales in general, which led to some research which showed that through the first half of the season (8 of 16 home games) West Virginia’s improved team has shown a significant jump in ticket sales from a year ago when it finished 17-16.

Through a like number of games a year ago, the Mountaineers were averaging 7,549 per home game while this season that figure has jumped to 9,194…

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