The University of Miami has sold more than 31,000 season tickets this season — “more than we’ve ever sold since we moved to Sun Life Stadium in 2008,” said Chris Freet, UM’s senior associate athletic director for communications, marketing and sales.
There are 27,000 seats in the lower Sun Life bowl, and the Canes have sold 95 percent of the seats that aren’t allocated to students (5,500), visiting teams (about 800) and recruits and high school coaches (about 1,500), Freet said.
The stadium capacity is 75,000 but goes down to 67,000 when the four corners are covered with tarp. Last year, the Canes sold 29,917 season tickets, Freet said.
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Single-game tickets to the Florida State game on Nov. 15 have already been sold out through the Hurricane Club, Freet said. The only way to still get a ticket to the FSU game is by buying a “mini-plan” that encompasses both the FSU and North Carolina (Nov. 1) games. The least-expensive mini-plan is $108 for upper-bowl seats. The cheapest ticket Friday for the FSU game on StubHub.com was $112.89.
• Freet said the 1,500 tickets UM got for the Sept. 1 opener at Louisville have been sold out. Freet added that there will be “a much larger group of UM fans at Nebraska” on Sept. 20. He did not specify how many seats have been allocated to the Canes.
“What we heard from our fans is that it’s a difficult trip because they’d have to travel back on Tuesday, a work day,” he said.
• Coaches surprised the players Friday by giving them the day off. They will return to practice Sunday.