Nebraska, Michigan still have tickets to sell

LINCOLN, Neb. -- In the shadow of Memorial Stadium, a modest line formed on the ground floor of the Stadium Drive parking garage inside the Nebraska ticket office on Monday afternoon.

Two students asked about retrieving purchased tickets. Another inquired if seats for the Huskers’ opener on Saturday against Florida Atlantic were available for purchase.

The answer from behind a window: Yes.

Nebraska, which has sold out an NCAA-record 333 straight football games over 52 seasons, is still selling football tickets for five of seven games this fall. As of late Tuesday, about 150 student season-tickets remained unsold -- a figure that has dropped significantly over the past week as fall-semester classes began.

Less than 100 single-game tickets, returned several weeks ago by the visiting Owls, also remain.

The sacred sellout streak appears safe, but Nebraska used a marketing campaign this summer to ensure its continuance. The school, for the first time, offered a package of tickets at a discount for Saturday’s opener and the game next week against McNeese State.

And it’s not alone among traditional powers in the Big Ten. At Michigan, student season-ticket sales continue to lag. In advance of its opener on Saturday against Appalachian State, Michigan has sold approximately 12,000 student tickets, down from 20,000 last year.

About 1,500 tickets remain available for Saturday at the Big House -- all while ticket sales surge at league rivals Ohio State and Penn State.

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