Ticket sales up at ISU, down at Iowa

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There's a contrast in momentum for ticket sales at Iowa and Iowa State less than four weeks before the football season kicks off.

Iowa State's season-ticket sales have grown for the third straight year. As of Wednesday morning, the Cyclones have sold 40,600 tickets, which tops last year’s record of 40,547. Iowa State's season-ticket numbers are 20 percent higher since Paul Rhoads took over the program in 2009.

Iowa's ticket office declined to reveal numbers today, which is unusual. Ticket manager Pam Finke referred all questions to associate athletics director Rick Klatt -- who's unavailable -- or Athletics Director Gary Barta.

A source told The Gazette there are no sellouts but only a few tickets remain for the Michigan State, Wisconsin and Northwestern games. However thousands of tickets are available for Iowa's games against Northern Illinois, Missouri State, Western Michigan and the home finale against Michigan.

Iowa State still has a few hillside season tickets remaining. In the past, Iowa had to split season-ticket packages to accommodate requests, including last fall.

According to the budget its submitting to the state Board of Regents, Iowa expects to make $21.36 million in overall football income this year. That's down from $23.3 million from last year. Iowa State expects to make $10.1 million from ticket income this year, up from $9.4 million last year.

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