Only a few general admission tickets remain for the Sept. 18 matchup on the red turf between Eastern and Montana
Nearly 3,000 remaining reserved tickets were sold out within 23 minutes into the public sale this morning for tickets to the Eastern Washington University versus Montana football game on Sept. 18 at Roos Field (formerly Woodward Field) in Cheney, Wash. Capacity for the Big Sky Conference showdown is about 11,000.
According to Eastern ticket manager Troy Kirby, about 1,500 tickets were sold during a three-hour pre-sale Wednesday (Sept. 1) morning, and the remaining tickets were sold out 23 minutes after the public sale began at 10 a.m.
As of late afternoon, only 300 general admission tickets remained for the game, which will be the inaugural game on Eastern’s new red turf surface. Kirby said the visitor and end zone sections were nearly sold out prior to the public sale, and that there was a line of about 50 people waiting at the Spokane Arena box office.
Prior to Sept. 1, only season ticket holders and members of the Eagle Athletic Association (minimum contribution of $120) were eligible to obtain tickets to the game. The game will be televised locally on SWX in Spokane and throughout Montana via flagship station KPAX in Missoula.
Eastern’s last three meetings in Cheney against Montana were also sell outs. In 2006 a record crowd of 11,583 was announced, 10,830 attended in 2008 and 10,754 were on hand in 2004.
Kirby said the average order per customer was four tickets each. He lauded TicketsWest for the “tremendous job” they did in handling not only tickets on Wednesday, but also Eastern’s season ticket sale and donations to the EAA.
Eastern opens its season Thursday (Sept. 2) at Nevada. The game starts at 6:05 p.m. and can be heard via the radio in Spokane at 700-AM ESPN “The Ticket” and via the web at http://www.espnnorthwest.com (click on the Patchin, Osso and the Wingman show link).