Appalachian State sells out Miami game in one hour

Tickets were available, but not for long.

Appalachian State announced Tuesday it sold out tickets for its “historic” Sept. 17 game against Miami one hour after making them available to the general public.

UM sold its allotment of 2,500 tickets, according to Senior Associate Athletics Director for Development Jesse Marks.

Tickets went quickly, Marks said, adding that he wasn’t surprised by the demand since “a lot of Hurricane Club members have summer homes” in the North Carolina mountains.

That doesn’t mean you can’t get in for the game, which begins at noon and will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2. On StubHub, tickets for the game start at $114 for general admission. That’s about two and a half times the resale value of a normal App State game.

Miami will visit Appalachian State in 2016. (Appalachian State Athletics)

Miami will visit Appalachian State in 2016. (Appalachian State Athletics)

Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, N.C. has never hosted a Power 5 conference opponent before, and the Hurricanes are a nationally known program. Local interest is always high for the Mountaineers, who went 11-2 last year, were picked to win the Sun Belt Conference. The stadium’s official capacity is 24,050, but it has held as many as 31,528 and officials expect that mark to be exceeded.

Since 2005, Appalachian State has averaged 24,628 fans per game. Given that stadium capacity was shy of 17,000 until 2007, sellouts and overflow crowds are the norm.

The Mountaineers made history in 2007, when they upset fifth-ranked Michigan in Ann Arbor on a blocked a field goal with six seconds left. It was the first time an FCS team beat a ranked opponent.

UM coach Mark Richt knows App State because his sister, Michelle, was a Mountaineers volleyball player. Hurricanes offensive line coach Stacy Searels held that position there from 1994-2000.

“Great program,” Richt said. “A team that’s used to winning. It’s going to be a battle royale, I can promise you, going in their house. They’re just a great team, well-coached. I have seen their tape. I’ve looked at the first three opponents, first four opponents. It’s going to be a battle.”

A sellout for this game is not a surprise. What may be: if Miami sells out when Appalachian State comes to town Sept. 11, 2021.

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