The new numbers are in and it seems Kentucky’s spring football attendance figure wasn’t just a fluke.
As of Monday, the school reported it had sold 35,342 season football tickets, more than double the number of season tickets sold on this date last season, which was 17,647.
The deadline to renew season tickets for the 2013 season was last Wednesday. As of that same renewal deadline mark last season, UK had sold 29,119 tickets, which means there has been a bump of 6,223 tickets, an increase of 21.4 percent this season.
More remarkable might be that UK sold just 38,475 season tickets all of last season, just 3,133 more than it has sold to date with several big pushes to come this spring and summer.
Since the hiring of Coach Mark Stoops, there has been a surge of renewed interest in football, including 50,831 fans showing up at Commonwealth Stadium for the Blue-White Spring Game on April 13. That number more than doubled the previous spring record of 20,325 set in 1987.
It also was among the top spring game crowds in the nation, ranking sixth overall behind Auburn (83,401), Alabama (78,315), Tennessee (61,076), Nebraska (60,174) and Arkansas (51,088).
Kentucky had more fans than heavy hitters like Texas (46,000), Texas A&M (45,212), Georgia (45,113) and Ohio State (37,643).
According to the UK athletics web site, tickets for next season are still available in the lower level endzone ($100 and $300 K Fund areas), upper level sidelines and upper level corner. Tickets can be ordered online or by calling (800) 928-2287. Student tickets go on sale later this summer.