Penn State football tickets become hot item for 2017 season

(Allentown) Morning Call (TNS)

Penn State is capitalizing on its 2016 football success, adding nearly 10,000 new season-ticket holders for the upcoming season.

The athletic department announced Wednesday that it has sold more than 8,400 new season-ticket packages since winning the Big Ten championship. In addition, Penn State has sold more than 1,400 of its discounted plans to recent graduates.

Penn State head coach James Franklin landed five verbal commitments over the weekend.

And last week, Penn State sold its allotment of more than 21,000 student season tickets in 89 minutes. The junior class won, selling out in 10 minutes.

"To sell out 21,000 tickets in such a short period of time, shows that we have an awesome student section," coach James Franklin said in a statement. "It is a true advantage to have those students going crazy in the south end zone and is one of the things that makes Penn State so special."

Penn State ranked seventh in college football attendance last year, averaging announced crowds of 100,257 per game at Beaver Stadium.

Penn State said a limited number of season-ticket packages remain for 2017. The program also has tied tickets for home games against Pitt and Michigan to season-ticket plans. Penn State does not plan single-game public sales for those popular home games.