ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Lobo basketball fans are known to rock the PIT, but compared to last year, season ticket sales are down with only a couple weeks before the season opener.
They are down nearly 10 percent, but the athletic department said it’s not worried.
“I think if you look at our track record our fans are typically late purchasers,” Brad Hutchins said. “We still have another two weeks.”
Last year, the university sold 11,212 season tickets. This year, fans have purchased just a little more than 10,000. Long-time season ticket holder, Vince Cordova, has been a loyal fan since the ’80s. He said last year’s season was a disappointment, and that the drop in season ticket holders could have something to do with the Lobo’s losing record.
“You fill stadiums across the states if you’re winning,” he said. “That’s whether it’s the pros, college or high school, and if you’re a winner, people are going to be supporting you.”
For students, some said if the Lobos aren’t winning, it’s just not as fun.
“No, it’s not because it kind of seems like football season,” Malik Curry said. “We just want to see the Lobos do well.”
“Last year was disappointing,” Jesse Smith said. “We don’t like to see them lose.”
Season ticket prices run from a few hundred dollars and up to $2,000. With most of those tickets, buyers have to make a donation to the school that goes back to the Lobo club. But Hutchins said he’s confident Lobo fans will come through.
“There’s ups-and-downs and our seasons fluctuate, but our fan base is one of the best in the country,” he said.
Fans feel the same.
“New Mexico is basketball,” Cordova said. “We’ve got a real competitive league, therefore every year it’s going to be exciting.”