Football season months away, but U of L fans are already getting excited for the season


by Melanie Kahn

Posted on December 13, 2009 at 12:42 AM

(WHAS11)  The start of the football season for U of L is still months away, but fans are already getting excited for the season.

With a new stadium and a new head coach, fans are more optimistic this year than they have been in years past.

Work is still being done on an addition to the stadium; building an upper deck.

Once it is done, the stadium will seat 56,000 people.  The question now is, will that many people come?

For die hard U of L football fans, it’s been tough to watch games for the past three years.

But now, some say, with Charlie Strong as the new head coach, it’s a whole new ballgame.

Tommy Abell, U of L fan: “We’re happy guys, very happy.”  Abell has held season tickets for years, but said this year he’s more excited than ever before about the upcoming season.

 “It’s back to where it was when Petrino was here, when you were thinking you can go to a BCS bowl, you can go to a national championship game; and within two to three years, I think we’ll be in that position again.”

And so do other diehard fans, like Amanda James, “I was definitely going to renew, regardless; but it’s a little more exciting and nice to know that we’re going to have a great coach who has a great resume, who i think everybody is really excited to have.”

But will that excitement translate to enough ticket sales to fill all of the new seats; a total of 56,000?

U of L sports information director, Kenny Klein, said probably not just yet.

 “We’ve built that upper deck for the future, not necessarily for tomorrow or the next day, but certainly for the future and we do expect to fully grow into that stadium,” but adds that he is already encouraged by the increase in interest in season tickets for this season, because of Charlie Strong.

“The buzz that he’s created and the product that he’s going to put on the field and off the field and the character that he brings to the table, I think will equate into season ticket sales.”

Amanda James said, “With the addition of the stadium, the new coach, I think it’s going to be an awesome season.”

Prices have not yet been set for season tickets.  That information will likely be released in February, and then ticket sales will go on sale in the spring.

WHAS11 was told that there is already a waiting list for season tickets and there are about 2,000 people on that list.