Louisville season football tickets soar to new level

Not surprisingly, the University of Louisville has set another new school record for season football ticket sales, amassing a total of 46,149 for the 2014 home schedule.

The number of season tickets sold has steadily increased over the last five years, dating back to the stadium’s expansion in 2010. The previous record was for the 2013 season, when 45,627 season ticket transactions occurred. The program also sold out every home game last season for the 55,000-seat stadium and this year has sold out all of the luxury boxes for the first time.ACC-logo-with-Louisville-Cardinal-Bird

Much to look forward to for UofL fans with the return of Bobby Petrino’s aggressive offensive philosophy and the best schedule in the school’s history as Louisville embarks on its first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The growth is impressive, coinciding with four consecutive bowl seasons for UofL and a relationship with Nelligan Marketing, which recently was acquired by Learfield Sports, in marketing the overall athletic program locally and nationally.

A growing number of universities have contracted with ticket consulting agencies to promote ticket sales. IMG Learfield Ticket Solutions, a North Carolina-based company, has a client group that includes Arkansas, Auburn, Duke, Florida, Pittsburgh and South Carolina.  Collegiate Consulting, based in Atlanta, promotes ticket sales for Georgia Tech, Indiana, Purdue, Illinois and Rice.

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  The Louisville men’s soccer team will enter its debut season in the Atlantic Coast Conference as one of the league’s five ranked programs. The Cardinals were 14th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s preseason poll released on Wednesday.

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Chris Dominguez, one of the all-time UofL baseball fan favorites, continues to knock the cover off the ball. Through 108 games, Dominguez has hit 19 home runs while driving in 69 runs for the Fresno Grizzlies. He has a batting average of .269, a slugging percentage of .470 (total bases divided by at-bats) and has 18 doubles and three triples.

His home run total is sixth best in the Pacific Coast League. The leader continues to be Adam Duvall, a former teammate at Louisville, who still leads the league with 26 homers although he was called up from Fresno to the major leagues by the San Francisco Giants in late June.

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Kyle Kuric has signed a contract to play with Gran Canaria, a team in the Spain professional basketball league. He played for Asefa Estudiantes the past two seasons, averaging 13.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game last season. He is coached by Aito Garcia Reneses, who guided the Spanish National Team to a silver medal in the 2008 Olympics after losing to the U.S. team.

Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.