MACON, Ga. - An unprecedented demand for single-game tickets to Mercer football's season opener has resulted in the athletic department's exploration of additional seating options for the team's August 31st game against Reinhardt.
Mercer opened single-game ticketing on Monday morning at 10 a.m., and by 10:27 a.m. the allotment of tickets had been sold out, according to the university's ticketing office. In order to accommodate the maximum amount of patrons, Mercer University Director of Athletics Jim Cole announced the school would look at other options for seating.
"We have sold out of season tickets, and to sell out of single game tickets for opening night is exciting," said Mercer University Director of Athletics Jim Cole. "We are going to put our heads together and come up with options to release additional seating, but this a good problem to have."
Anticipation for Mercer's return to the gridiron has sparked a clamor for tickets and resulted in the sale of over 5,000 season ticket packages before the university closed the sale last week. Mercer University Stadium will seat roughly 10,000 fans when it's completed prior to the opening contest.
Mercer's game against Reinhardt is scheduled for a 6 p.m. kickoff. Single game ticketing for Mercer's seven other home contests will be released periodically throughout the season. Stay tuned to MercerBears.com for updates on the ticketing procedure.
Following a bye week, Mercer will play three games in as many Saturdays at home, hosting Warner Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. and Berry College Sept. 21 at 6 p.m.
The Bears will cap their four-game homestand with their inaugural Pioneer Football League (PFL) contest, hosting Drake University for a 1 p.m. kickoff Sept 28.
The PFL enters its 21st season in 2013, with the regular season title race leading to the league's first automatic qualification into the NCAA FCS Championship which begins Nov. 30.