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Do you want to go to the UM-FSU game? This is the only way to guarantee your tickets

UM fans show their support at Hard Rock Stadium on Sept. 2, 2017. The Hurricanes had fewer than 1,500 season-ticket packages left as of July 24, 2018.
UM fans show their support at Hard Rock Stadium on Sept. 2, 2017. The Hurricanes had fewer than 1,500 season-ticket packages left as of July 24, 2018. adiaz@miamiherald.com

You can be sure the Miami Hurricanes will sell out the Florida State game.

You can’t be sure you’ll be at Hard Rock Stadium watching it.

The Canes-Seminoles clash Oct. 6 is the only game for which UM is not selling individual tickets, and it appears that they won’t be at all. Unless you’re a UM student or get your tickets from the visitors’ allotment or secondary market, you’ll have an awfully hard time getting into that game.

“The only way to guarantee your FSU seats is to buy season tickets,’’ UM senior associate athletic director Jesse Marks told the Miami Herald on Tuesday. “We’re not anticipating FSU being open for public sales. The interesting aspect to this whole season-ticket scenario is that we haven’t even hit our prime sales season yet. That starts in August when fall camp begins.’’

Fewer than 1,500 season-ticket packages remained on sale, the CanesFootball Twitter account posted Monday on social media, with the words “Time is running out” and “Yup, you’re reading that right’’ in the tweet.

UM athletic director Blake James, who told the Herald that UM will cut off season-ticket sales at just under 47,000, saw it coming more than two months ago. Hard Rock Stadium capacity is listed at 65,326.

“I’m going to go out on a limb and say we’re going to sell out Hard Rock Stadium for the first time in the history of Miami Hurricanes football,’’ James told WQAM in early May.

On Tuesday, he expressed his optimism regarding the direction of the football program and coach Mark Richt.

“I’m excited to see all the energy, and obviously that started in December of 2015 when we hired Mark,’’ James said by phone. “Mark has done an incredible job of building our football program. Along those lines, I think our staff has done a great job of capitalizing on the excitement. The selling out of the stadium and season tickets is just the next step in our process of having University of Miami football where we all want it to be — at the top competing for ACC and ultimately national championships.”

The UM home games this season: Sept. 8, Savannah State; Sept. 22, FIU; Sept. 27, North Carolina (Thursday night ESPN); Oct. 6, FSU; Nov. 3, Duke; and Nov. 24, Pittsburgh.

The Canes (10-3 in 2017) open the season Sunday night, Sept. 2, against LSU in the AdvoCare Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Miami had an average announced attendance of 57,774 for its seven regular-season home games last season, its highest season average since moving to Hard Rock Stadium (formerly Sun Life Stadium) in 2008. Miami had more than 63,000 fans at each of its final three home games — Virginia Tech (63,932), Notre Dame (65,303) and Virginia (63,415). That doesn’t include the announced crowd of 65,032 that watched the Canes play Wisconsin in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 30.

For information on ticket sales, visit HurricaneSports.com or call 1-800-GO-CANES.

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