Ticket sales up after Stoops hire

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) -- Just days after UK announced Mark Stoops would be the Wildcats' next football coach many fans are already making plans to be at Commonwealth Stadium next season.

We're told hundreds of people have called the UK athletics ticket office this week wanting to buy football tickets. But those who work there say that's a good problem to have.

Mark Stoops, the defensive coordinator at Florida State, is officially coming to UK as the football team's head coach.
UK officials tell us that news single handedly caused ticket sales to spike the day the announcement was made.

Since then, thousands of phone calls have been pouring in, people wanting to buy tickets, renew their season tickets, or to just get more.

"Usually there's some enthusiasm when hiring a new coach," said Tony Neely, UK athletics media relations director. "But in my 19 years I've been here, this is definitely the most off the charts we've had in terms of fans being excited about the new coach being announced."

UK officials at the ticket office tell WKYT they typically wait until February to renew season tickets, but because of the demand, they are already fulfilling those requests for the 2013 UK football season.

Fans wanting to buy tickets can visit ukathletics.com or call 1-800-928-2287.

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