Saturday’s 11am kickoff for the Kansas Football program against the undefeated Duke is officially sold out.
Kansas officials announced Thursday afternoon that all 47,233 tickets for KU’s second home game of the season have been sold.
KU drew a respectable crowd of 34,902 for the season opener against Tennessee Tech on September 2nd. This was the biggest opening day crowd in his eight years. But KU’s 3-0 start to the season, which included road wins in West Virginia and Houston two weeks into the season opener, added to the buzz surrounding the program.
KU coach Lance Leipold said earlier this week, “It’s great to be home after the road trip.” The crowd will come, and I think we have a chance to create energy and a home field advantage now.”
For years, KU administrators and coaches have begged for fan support to help the stagnating program get back on the mat. Fans were mostly turned away as they struggled to compete on Saturday.
The 2019 sellout came during LeMiles’ first season when Kansas entered town. In his two weeks leading up to that season’s Sunflower Showdown, the Jayhawks were nearly reeling in Texas, with the Big 12 showing a rare glimpse of victory over Texas his Tech. Kansas scored 48 and he 37 each in his two games, and fans came to see if the Jayhawks turned a corner.
Of course, that sellout was facilitated by the fact that nearly a third of the fans in attendance that day were dressed in purple and cheering for Kansas.
The Jayhawks lost that game 38-10 to finish the season 3-9. KU didn’t win in his 2020 (0-9) and Miles, like many before him, has been criticized for his on-field performance and ugly sexual harassment involvement at LSU in his scandal. I was shown the door for
Miles’ departure led to the hiring of Leipold after just 15 games, and people believe the program is indeed heading in the right direction.
Leipold won only two games in his first season in Kansas, one of which was in Texas late in the season, when a one-point loss in the final two weeks of the season inspired KU. started playing football. The momentum of those efforts carried over to the start of his 2022 season, where Leipold has already won more road games in Kansas than his four predecessors combined (3).
However, this week it’s all about the home crowd.
With excitement mounting over KU’s overtime victory in West Virginia in Week 2 and a 48-30 win in Houston last week, fans launched a social media campaign to invite David Booth to face Duke. Tried to fill Kansas Memorial Stadium. There was a rallying cry to “pack the booth,” and Jayhawk followers seem to have done just that, surpassing over 12,000 new single-game tickets sold in the five days after their victory over Houston.
“This is a tremendous statement about both the exciting trajectory of Kansas football and the incredible passion of Jayhawk fans,” KU Athletic Director Travis Goff said in a statement Thursday night. We are thrilled to host an atmosphere at Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium that rivals the best of college football.We appreciate the way our fans have responded to the momentum of Kansas football.We are confident that sellouts will no longer be the exception. to the rules of our bright future.”
Saturday’s showdown with Duke has Kansas fans excited, but the reality of the situation is that KU has a chance to run and make a statement.
Counting Saturdays, the Jayhawks’ next three games are at home. Based on the excitement surrounding today’s program, this weekend if KU can beat Duke, the next week if KU can beat Duke, the stadium will be full or near full. Hosted by Iowa.
When asked about possible homestands in the future, Leipold said three back-to-back games at home could be huge for the program and could be a distraction. said. The key, he said, is to strike that balance. But he said he had no doubt that a supportive and strong local audience would “help this program take the next step”.
“Our fans, our loyal fans, have been waiting for something and desperate for[we]to succeed. It will be crowded with people from