The University of Kentucky’s American football team has seen an 800 per cent increase in new season ticket holders from last year after a strong end to the 2018 season.

More than 10,000 season tickets have been renewed or purchased in the past two weeks, including 850 new season passes sold to deposit holders and existing holders – a more than 800 per cent rise.

Kentucky is close to three-quarters of the way to reaching its goal of selling approximately 1,200 new season tickets for the 2018 season.

The American football programme said that fans renewing their season tickets can still do so before the end of the Early Signing Period tomorrow (Friday).

Those who renew during the Early Signing Period will be able to secure their 2019 tickets and parking at 2018 prices, plus the addition of sales tax.

Kentucky ended its 2018 season with 10 wins under its belt for the first time since 1977, with its coach, Mark Stoops, earning SEC Coach of the Year.

New season tickets will go on sale to the public next week via the Kentucky Football Virtual Venue, an interactive site that allows fans to view seats to compare and purchase available locations.

During the start of the 2018 season, a report by the Wall Street Journal showed public school football attendance was down by 3.2 per cent. In addition, universities on average only really had about 71 per cent of announced attendances actually in the stands.

For Kentucky’s 2018 home opener, 40,000 tickets were sold for the game at Kroger Field against Central Michigan, a dramatic decline from 2017’s announced home opening crowd of 54,868.

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