As of this Friday, only 48,254 tickets have been sold for Saturday's season opener against San Diego State. While SDSU is hardly a marquee opponent that people get excited to see, the school year is not yet in session at the University of Washington, and it is Labor Day Weekend, the lack of ticket sales is troubling.The move to CenturyLink Field does create obstacles for fans who for years attended games at Husky Stadium, but CenturyLink Field is not some run-down, old stadium that isn't remotely close to Husky Stadium. CenturyLink Field is only 4.8 miles away from Husky Stadium, so for those who are not attending the game due to the change in home field need to find another excuse for not showing up.
|Empty seats haven't been an unfamiliar sight to Husky fans in the last few years.|
The lowest attendance at a Husky game in the Steve Sarkisian era was 58,088, in last year's home opener against Eastern Washington. There are still a few days for UW to sell tickets, and a few thousand more should be sold, but it would be a huge surprise if the actual in-game attendance on Saturday surpasses the total at last year's home opener.
The Huskies enter the 2012 season with much hype. A revamped defense, two straight winning seasons, a Heisman-worthy Quarterback, and a jam-packed schedule full of marquee opponents, should have been enough to generate ticket sales. But, barring an influx of ticket-hungry Husky fans in the next three days, CenturyLink Field will have many pockets of open seats, a sight that has been all too familiar in recent years at Washington Husky games.