Oct 26, 2019; Ames, IA, USA; A general view of Jack Trice Stadium during the third quarter between the Iowa State Cyclones and the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
The most highly-anticipated football season in Iowa State history is already a record-breaking one — sort of.
ISU Athletics Director Jamie Pollard announced Iowa State has set a new school record for season-ticket sales with 48,336 sold as of Thursday afternoon. Pollard went on to predict that number could climb over 49,000 if Junior Cyclone Club ticket numbers reach levels similar to those of 2019 during the month of August.
Iowa State is nearly guaranteed to sell out each of its first two games against Northern Iowa and Iowa when single-game tickets go on sale on Aug. 18. It would be hard to imagine that sell-out number not growing throughout the season assuming the Cyclones meet expectations on the field.
There have been only eight sell-outs under Jack Trice Stadium’s current capacity configuration of 61,500 seats.
Selling out the first two games of the season also puts Iowa State well on its way to breaking a single-season record for average home game attendance. The current record was set in 2019 when an average of 59,794 fans passed through the gates at Jack Trice Stadium.
Three of the top-four single-season attendance numbers have come since the program’s resurgence under Matt Campbell in 2017. Could this be the first year Iowa State surpasses an average of 60,000 fans per home game?