ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – When UNM football kicks off its 2014 season against the UTEP Miners next Saturday, the stadium’s set to be a little emptier than it was during last season’s home opener if the current trend continues.
As of Friday the school reports selling 9,674 season tickets, down 1,080 from this point last season. So far, 5,600 individual tickets have been sold, although UNM is still waiting to hear how many New Mexico YAFL has sold for its fundraiser.
Last season, 26,311 showed up to UNM’s home opening loss against the UTSA Roadrunners. That, in turn, was down from the 2012 opener when 28,450 came to see the Lobos beat Southern.
UNM assistant athletic director Drew Ingraham tells News 13 the school hopes to make up the gap in the next eight days.
Ingraham says the school has been working hard to improve the fan experience. Last year University Stadium received a new high tech scoreboard.
This year, expect fireworks when the team takes the field or the Lobos score.
“It really kind of enhances that college game day atmosphere that you see across the country,” Ingraham said.
Kickoff is next Saturday at 6:00 p.m. The Lobos get a big test the week after that when nationally ranked ASU comes to town.