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With less than 24 hours to go before the Aggies take on Colorado, thousands of tickets remained unsold for the game. Kyle hasn't sold out yet this season, and many believe high ticket prices are to blame.
"I think it has a lot to do with it," A&M student Corbett Graves, who bought a ticket for this Sunday's game. "We're having a good season. I would expect the stands to be packed for an Aggie game."
"A drop in ticket prices might make a difference," thinks Taylor Bolinger, another Aggie student and ticket buyer. "Obviously, a lot of times college students don't have a lot of money, so you can't just throw away a lot of money on a game."
Most tickets cost around $60, although students can get discounts on some seats. As for higher prices, the athletic department has a simple answer: They want to compete.
"What we did is raised them to the level of what the ticket prices are at Oklahoma, at Texas, at Nebraska, that if you want to compete on that level, that's what you're going to have to do," said Jeff Schmahl, senior associate athletic director for external operations.
Schmahl says part of the reason sales are slow has to do with the 4-8 season last year. But he says sales have increased over the course of this season, and should continue to rise with high-profile opponents.
"We still have more students coming to our football games than any other school in the country," Schmahl said. "That is a great tribute to our student body."
The slow ticket sales come as the university considers a 30,000 seat expansion of Kyle Field, which would make it the largest stadium in the country. The question is, with the ticket sales as slow as they are, are the plans still even being considered?
"If I think we do some things these next couple of years that I think our football program is capable of doing, I think that we'll start to really see that we've got a problem at Kyle Field," said Schmahl. "We won't have enough seats."
But for now, the Aggies hope all their current seats are filled.
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