By: Lanetra Bennett
November 19, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - The head of FAMU's athletic department says ticket sales for FAMU's biggest football game this weekend have exceeded last year's.
Which is good news as administrators say a large portion of generated receipts revenue comes from the Florida Classic.
FAMU student Shanteria Johnson says, "I came to buy a ticket because I'm very excited about going to the Classic. The band is back!"
Yes, the FAMU Marching 100 Band is back, and fans say that's drawing them back to the Florida Classic Football Game.
Tallahassee resident Tamica Bass says she will always support FAMU regardless. She says, "We just bought our tickets and we got a pretty good seat. I hear of some friends who are calling in from Orlando. They're going to call in and get their tickets. So, I think people are just kind of waiting. They'll probably come on out and support FAMU."
FAMU administrators say as of Tuesday afternoon, there were 25,378 tickets sold for Saturday's Classic.
Last year, when the band was not allowed to perform because of the hazing death of a drum major the year before, administrators at the ticket office say 19,155 tickets were sold.
FAMU student Gayla Barrett says, "I went last year and it wasn't as exciting because of the band, but, it was still good. Since this year the band is back and I want to see the halftime show and all the excitement."
Ticket office administrators say the 2011 ticket sales were 42,299.
While this year's Florida Classic ticket sales are not where they were before the suspension, FAMU's Interim Athletic Director, Michael Smith, says things are moving in the right direction.
He says, "This is a big rivalry and so we're going to be there competing 100 percent and supporting our Coach Holmes and team 100 percent."
There's still time to get your ticket. Kickoff for the Florida Classic (FAMU v. Bethune Cookman University) is 2 p.m. Saturday at the Orange Bowl in Orlando.