Boise State’s plan to restrict access to the Washington game to season-ticket holders appears to be paying off.
The Broncos have sold 21,362 season tickets, the school reported. They have 175 remaining.
Sales have increased by 223 over last year – a modest 1.1 percent gain – but that reverses a steep, two-year decline in a season when the home schedule is unattractive.
After the Sept. 4 opener against Washington, the Broncos play Idaho State, Hawaii, Wyoming, New Mexico and Air Force at home. Only Washington and Air Force went to bowl games last year.
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Boise State told fans last winter that only season-ticket holders (and students) would be able to purchase tickets for the Washington game. Season-ticket holders have purchased all available additional tickets to the game.
Also, by contract, Washington received 3,500 tickets to the game.
Boise State season-ticket sales had dropped 12.3 percent over the past two seasons from a peak of 24,109 in 2012. Overall attendance also peaked that year at 35,404 per game and has dropped 5.2 percent.