Single-game tickets disappeared almost as soon as they went on sale Wednesday as Baylor fans hurriedly bought the final passes to witness the Bears’ inaugural season at McLane Stadium.
Baylor sold 8,261 tickets Wednesday, 6,500 of which were purchased within 45 minutes of the box office opening at 8:30 a.m., Executive Associate Athletics Director Nick Joos said.
By 10:30 a.m., three of the six home games were completely sold out — the Aug. 31 opener against Southern Methodist University; the first home Big 12 Conference game against Texas Christian University on Oct. 11; and the homecoming game Nov. 1 against the University of Kansas.
The Nov. 22 Oklahoma State University game tickets were gone by early Wednesday afternoon.
Joos said just over 1,500 home game tickets remain for the season — 438 tickets for the Sept. 6 Northwestern University game and 1,198 for the season closer against Kansas State University.
About 70 percent of the ticket sales were completed online, said Matthew Johnson, associate athletics director for ticket operations. Baylor also had 13 student workers manning phones and ticket booths to help fans get the best available seats in the new stadium.
Baylor senior Eshe Rasheed, one of the ticket office call takers, said her first order was from a woman wanting 14 tickets for each of the six home games. Another caller sought eight tickets for all the games.
“Some people wanted to avoid the big crowds, so they were buying tickets for the Northwestern game because it’s a nonconference game,” Rasheed said. “But a lot of people wanted tickets for the opener and for homecoming because those are big games, just so they can say they were there.”
Cindy Laughlin drove to the ticket office at the Ferrell Center in hopes of buying up tickets to all the home games for herself, her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend — her “party crew.” But the first three home games were already sold out when she arrived just before 11 a.m., so she aimed to get tickets for the Oklahoma State game on Nov. 22, her birthday.
“I wanted to get them for the whole season, but I didn’t get season tickets last year, and if you didn’t get them last year you weren’t going to be able to get them this year,” Laughlin said. “I should have just gotten them last year.”
Baylor sold out 28,000 season tickets in the spring.
The single-game tickets were seats that were returned by opposing teams. The Big 12 requires universities to offer 3,800 tickets to visiting teams, and those teams must declare how many they wish to claim by July 1.
Texas Christian University was the only opponent to claim all 3,800 tickets, Joos said. Baylor also offered 500 seats for each home game on the berm, a grassy knoll near the end zone that will primarily be designated for Baylor students.
Joos said opposing schools may return a few more tickets as the season progresses if they are unable to sell their allotment to their students.
Rasheed said while her day manning the ticket booth was hectic, she expects it to be much easier to get her own tickets for Baylor games. The university will allow seniors a two-hour head start in claiming game tickets, a gesture meant to make sure they can take part in the historic inaugural season at the brand new stadium.
“A lot of the freshmen were mad about it,” said Rasheed, who graduates in December. “But hey, once they become a senior and get to this point, they’ll understand.”
To buy tickets, fans can visit www.baylorbears.com/tickets or call the ticket office at 710-1000.