Columbia, SC (WLTX) - More tickets are available for fans who want to see the USC football team in person this season.
That's because ticket sales are down, nearly 10 percent from this time last year and 20 percent from the year before.
"Well, I've been a Gamecock fan, graduated from USC, and to just see ticket prices go up every year and just so high now so with the economy. It is what they should expect," said Wade Fulmar.
The university expects sales to climb from a reported 20 percent deficit since 2008, when seperate fees were added in addition to the price of a ticket and the Gamecock Club donation. Now with only seven weeks before the fall kickoff, the university is looking for ways to draw season ticket holders.
"I think everybody is hurting as a whole, whether it's college football, NBA. Ticket sales are down anywhere you go," says Samuel Fulton. "Of course, it's a bad thing to hear about USC ticket sales down."
On the university's website, Gamecock fans can virtually pick their seat out. The school also says it's reaching out with more promotions and advertising.
"I'm an SEC football fan. We got to get people out at these football games," says Karen Riley. "Come on people, get out here and support those Gamecocks."
The university issued WLTX a bullet point statement saying they're tracking a slight slump in ticket sales.