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New coach, game with Wisconsin help spike UNLV football ticket sales

UNLV head football coach Bobby Hauck

UNLV head football coach Bobby Hauck

There have been 603 new season tickets sold for the UNLV football team's home schedule next fall.

The Rebels open Sept. 4 at Sam Boyd Stadium against Wisconsin to highlight a six-game home schedule that also includes in-state rival Nevada-Reno.

While the schedule is more attractive than years past, it's not the main reason why sales have spiked, according to officials.

Perk Weisenburger, UNLV's associate athletics director for external operations, credits first-year coach Bobby Hauck for creating the excitement. Fans are optimistic Hauck can turn the program, which has played in only three bowl games in its history, into a winner.

"I would attribute a lot of it to Bobby Hauck," Weisenburger said. "With the recruiting class he signed and how much he's been out in the community, it's rejuvenated the program."

Playing Wisconsin doesn't hurt, either.

When Wisconsin played in Las Vegas in 2007, Weisenburger said, Badger fans bought 2,078 season tickets. They are responsible for 125 of the 602 new ticket sales.

Tickets cost $185 per ticket for a sideline seat, or $100 for the end zone. There is also a four-game package for $50 a ticket, but that doesn't include the Wisconsin game.

"It's a heck of a deal, it really is," Weisenburger said.

Renewal notices were mailed in early April to the 4,359 season ticket holders from last year. Weisenburger expects several to renew, with 92 percent of the 2008 holders renewing for 2009.

Individual tickets will go sale July 10, which is when the Weisenburger expects a push from Wisconsin fans.

"We wanted to give locals the opportunity to buy the tickets first," Weisenburger said.

Tickets can be purchased at UNLVtickets.com or during Saturday's spring game at noon at Sam Boyd.

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  1. Grew up in WI before 21 years in the Air Force, LOVE these games!! Maybe the Basketball teams can do the same thing, these type of matchups are great for all programs.

  2. I'm happy to see Sufferin' Positive. Everyone should Come the Spring Game on Saturday and see what Coach Hauck is up to.

  3. U-N-L-V!!!

  4. 603 new Season tickets sold is a real start.

    Wisconsin band and fans will be in LasVegas

  5. I'm up for four seats this season, and I'll be out at the Spring Game with my kids. I can't wait.

  6. Sufferin - Good to see you taking a Pro-Rebel stance. I'm with you on Coach Hauck. I'm excited to see how he does. I'm thinking this year may be rough with the schedule the way it is, but I'm very optimistic for the future.

  7. Good luck to the entire coaching staff and team. Go Rebels.

  8. I can't wait! Coach Hauck and Kruger are bringing a lot of pride out of Las Vegas fans. Hopefully, this will turn things around and we can be a city filled with true supportive fans (instead of fair-weather ones). GO REBS!

  9. what time is the spring game saturday..

  10. TySuave77: The spring game is at noon. Should be a fun day.

  11. I think UNLV will be MUch improved BUT:
    Wisconsin 31
    UNLV 17

  12. I think Wisconsin is winnable - keep in mind we were close to beating Wisconsin under Sanford last time they were at Sam Boyd. My guess: Wisconsin 21 UNLV 24.

  13. The Rebels traditionally play the Badgers tough for whatever reason. This game is very winnable and I will not be shocked if UNLV wins the opener, either way I think the game will be close. If the defense is much improved from last year and plays for 4 quarters the Badgers might be in trouble.