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Kentucky on pace to sell more football season tickets than last year

Kentucky football fans basked in the sunshine before last year’s season opener.
Kentucky football fans basked in the sunshine before last year’s season opener. palcala@herald-leader.com

With two months left before the home opener at Kroger Field, Kentucky already is nearing its season ticket sales total from last season.

As of last week, UK had sold 32,000 season tickets, an athletics department spokesman said. That number is about 2,000 shy of the Cats’ total sold last season (33,658).

Those figures are still down from recent previous seasons, with 38,658 season tickets sold in 2015 and roughly the same number in 2014.

The Cats are coming off their most successful season since 2010, going 7-6 last year and playing in the TaxSlayer Bowl.

UK won seven of its final 10 regular-season games and returns a large portion of its play making on both sides of the ball, including 17 combined starters and 85 percent of its defensive production.

The 32,000 tickets sold threshold that UK reached last week does not include student ticket sales or comps.

Kentucky’s home schedule this season includes games against Eastern Kentucky (Sept. 9), Florida (Sept. 23), Eastern Michigan (Sept. 30), Missouri (Oct. 7), Tennessee (Oct. 28), Ole Miss (Nov. 4) and Louisville (Nov. 25).

Season tickets are still on sale. Single-game tickets went on sale to season-ticket holders on June 28 and they will be available to the general public on July 14 at 9 a.m. online at UKFootballTix.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

Jennifer Smith: 859-231-3241, @jenheraldleader

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