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Football Tickets are in high demand

 No more of this, please.

One of Barnhart’s biggest challenges in hiring a new football coach was finding someone that would energize the fan base. It looks like he’s done that with Mark Stoops. According to an email from UK Athletics, the demand for Kentucky Football tickets hasn’t been like this in, well, it’s never been like this..

From UK Athletics:

Joe Sharpe has worked in the UK Athletics Ticket Office for a decade, but he has never seen anything quite like this. Since Mitch Barnhart announced the hiring of Mark Stoops as head football coach, fans have been calling to either renew, upgrade add or buy season tickets in Commonwealth Stadium in unprecedented numbers.

 “Since Tuesday and all day Wednesday, the phones were nonstop,” said Sharpe, UK’s Associate Athletics Director for tickets.

For UK’s six-member full-time ticket office staff and student workers, Sharpe said it has been “all hands on deck” since the Stoops news broke late Tuesday afternoon.

“We answered Wednesday alone close to 400 phone calls with an average talk time of about five minutes,” Sharpe said. “You can do the math on that.”



Article written by Rashawn Franklin

26 Comments for Football Tickets are in high demand

  1. Steely Dan
    4:05 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Do the math on what? Figuring out what time they closed on Wednesday?

  2. uky01
    4:06 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    so they only worked 5.5 hours?

  3. Steely Dan
    4:10 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Lets say that is what we’re doing the math on. 400 phone calls, 5 minutes each. That’s 12 per hour. 12 calls per hour times 6 employees = 72 calls per hour. An average work day is 8 hours, so thats 576 calls. Clearly they weren’t working all day. 176 calls times the average of 5 minutes per call = 880 minutes. 880 minutes NOT ANSWERING CALLS. Evenly spread among the 6 full-time employees = 146 minutes per employee. So; of the 8 hour work day, they worked 6. NOT IMPRESSED! GET BACK TO WORK TICKET STAFF!!!

  4. Pu
    4:11 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    2) you forgot to add the student workers into your equation…

  5. Billy Meister the Ticket Shister
    4:12 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    400 phone calls. WOW! Maybe 100 of those made a purchase averaging 3 tickets per customer. 100 x 3= 300 more a$$es in the the seats. They only have 45,000 more season tickets to sell! Hurry before they are all gone!

  6. UK FAN
    4:13 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    @ 3.

    Same administration that is covering up actually attendance for game. Same admin that tries to hype up every single season like UK is going to be relevant. Don’t believe anything these clowns tell you until you witness it with your own eyes.

  7. fur eel
    4:15 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Some of these calls were undoubtedly voicing frustration over the increased K-fund “donation” for next year that was announced earlier this week.

  8. Boone
    4:25 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    They have clearly underestimated us. We were able to do the math, and are underwhelmed.

  9. RichieFarmer'sMustache
    4:27 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Everybody happy, happy, happy. -Phil Robertson

  10. Steely Dan
    4:28 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    @8, lololololol

  11. Good ole Kentucky fan
    4:29 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    #3 – Amen brother. These liberal big university union workers need to get to work and shut up. I’ve never seen such entitled overpaid folks before. Come on. Take the money of hardworking UK fans with a smile on your face. No wonder tuition goes up as much as it does. Low Productivity of primadonna employees is making us taxpayers pay more. For sure Obama supporters.

  12. JT
    4:37 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    11, For the one millionth time, UK Athletics is a separate budget from the University at-large.

  13. Beatle Bum
    4:38 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Can someone from the LHL please send an open records request to see if this is true?

  14. NKY_UK_fan
    4:42 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    “Stoops Troops” t-shirt…..seriously?? I guess the people who will buy and wear this shirt are the same people who bought and wore the “Got Gillispie” t-shirts.

  15. Old_school
    4:43 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Hey have I ever told you guys how I feel about Calipari! What, wrong section? Oh sorry…just wanted to make sure everyone knows my feelings. Repeatedly.

  16. When did C-A-T-S become a speed cheer
    4:44 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Never have seen demand like this? How UofL of us. Tickets have always been in high demand. Anyone go to the Outback Bowl? Out drew Penn State 4 or 5 to 1. Anyone go to the first Music City Bowl against Clemson? Wasn’t even competitive. I’m disappointed in the fans, but glad there will be someone sitting by our seats. I didn’t miss a game this year.

  17. Ouch
    4:59 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Does Tim Couch have an another year of eligibility left?

  18. Louisville
    5:12 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    16 how dare you compare your weak ky football team ticket sales to a BCS BOWLING TEAM! LMAO losers! Oh and how about the fighting Irish?!?

  19. Louisville
    5:12 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink


  20. mudcreekmark
    6:13 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    I hope Stoops has enough brains to leave out the catchy slogans for 2013. “Rise” turned into “Sunk”. The most embarrassing was his use of the term “Special Forces” for our special teams. How dare he degrade our military in that manner?

  21. Now I have a BLUE pass
    6:36 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    I have ALWAYS had issues with the football marketing department, since they don’t really market our product! I’m just glad so many ‘fans’ vacated their tickets over the last couple of seasons, my wait ended for the Blue Lot and now I get to party with the real FANS.

  22. Lloyd Christmas
    6:50 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    I believe that just like I believed the 44,000 attendance figure at the Samford game.

  23. Checked Wrecked
    11:29 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    #21 the REAL fans were in fact the ones who stayed away this year and thus forced the athletic association’s hand to make the change and do the right thing and fire Phillips. Now the program has a real chance to succeed. YOU were instead an enabler who couldn’t see the forest for the trees. You should be thanking the REAL fans for having the courage to do what was needed but you would rather party and suffer through crappy football. Now, thanks to the REAL fans, things are looking up.

  24. Checked Wrecked
    11:33 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    As for the alleged overwhelming clamor for tickets, the real math is 400 calls x 2 tickets is 800 tickets sold. 400 calls x 4 tickets is 1,600 tickets sold. UK is going to have sell a whole lot more tickets than that to make up for the thousands of unsold tickets over the past two seasons. This is smoke and mirrors and hooey and hype. When UK starts reporting REAL attendance then maybe fans will believe what they say.

  25. DoubleA
    8:17 am December 1, 2012 Permalink

    #24 – last I checked, there are other ways to order season tickets apart from a phone call.

  26. G
    9:06 am December 1, 2012 Permalink

    They’re still going to suck. And this time next year you will all be saying your usual “thank God its basketball season”. Its been repeated on here for years and next year will be no exception.