Deion Sanders addresses the crowd at Lee E. Williams Athletic and Assembly Center on Monday morning after being named Jackson State’s head football coach.
Mississippi Clarion Ledger
It was another good week for Jackson State football. And the Tigers aren’t scheduled to play a game until February.
Ticket sales for the 2021 spring season began Oct. 1, and the effects of new coach Deion Sanders are already showing.
There was a steady, long wait in line for hours to purchase tickets outside Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium on Oct. 1.
Jackson State confirmed to the Clarion Ledger that the first day of ticket sales were the equivalent of the 35,000-plus fans who attended last year’s homecoming game against Alabama State, JSU’s third-most attended game of 2019 behind traditional rivals Southern and Alcorn State.
There hasn’t been any confirmed sellouts at the 60,000-seat stadium.
Despite JSU leading the FCS in attendance last season, averaging over 33,000, early sales are up from previous seasons. Alumni like 2006 graduate Mike Biggs purchased tickets for the first time in a decade.
“I’m just excited about the upcoming season and the possibilities under the new coach,” Biggs said. “Obviously, you’re going to have to perform, you’re going to have to deliver results, but I’m optimistic with his experience and his connections that he’ll be able to put in place some good work ethic and practice ethics that will hopefully lead to some wins on the field.”
No attendance restrictions have been announced for the spring 2021 season. The SWAC postponed the fall campaign due to COVID-19.
Jackson State has five home games in 2021, including the opener on Feb. 21 against Edward Waters. The other matchups include Mississippi Valley State, Prairie View A&M, Southern and Alabama A&M.
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The Tigers hired Sanders earlier last month to replace John Hendrick. Sanders, the Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back, has brought a newfound notoriety to Jackson State, which hasn’t won the SWAC since 2007, and hasn’t had a winning season since 2013.
General admission single-game tickets purchased in advance are $26 and $31 on game day. Reserved single-game tickets are $41 in advance and $46 on game day. Box seats are $56 in advance and $61 on game day. Season tickets are $100 general admission, $60 for children, $160 for reserved and $225 for box seats.
Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone or at the Veterans Memorial Stadium ticket office. Visit gojsutigers.com for more details.
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