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.
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.