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(Allentown) Morning Call (TNS)
  • PSU reports it has sold more than 3,600 new season ticket plans for 2017.
  • The school also reports that 92 percent of current-season ticket holders have renewed their plans.
  • PSU's 2017 home schedule includes Pitt, Michigan, Nebraska and Rutgers.

Penn State has reported a surge in football season-ticket purchases since winning the Big Ten championship.

The athletic department this week announced that it has sold more than 3,600 new season-ticket plans for 2017. In addition, 92 percent of current season-ticket holders have renewed for the upcoming season.

Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley celebrates after a touchdown with head coach James Franklin against Southern California during the second half of the Rose Bowl in 2017. Franklin begins his fourth season as PSU's head coach on Saturday against Akron.

Penn State said that it had sold 3,612 new season tickets through this week, an increase of more than 160 percent when compared to the same time period in 2016. Penn State said it sold 776 new season tickets last week, which it called a record since James Franklin became head coach in 2014.

Franklin noted last week that more than 400 new plans were sold on Signing Day alone.

"I want to thank all the Penn State fans," Franklin said on Signing Day. "Again,  I want to thank this community. I want to thank our students. Our student section is the best in the country. Our fan support is unbelievable. That's why we were undefeated at home [in 2016]."

Penn State's 2017 home schedule includes the first visit from Pitt since 1999 and games against Michigan, Nebraska and Rutgers.