Michigan State football sells near-record 61,931 season tickets

The Detroit News

East Lansing — Michigan State expected a surge in ticket sales after its Rose Bowl winning season in 2013 and the numbers are proving that expectation was correct.

The university announced Tuesday it had sold 61,931 season tickets for the 2014 football season, the second-most in Michigan State’s history.

It is the seventh time in school history that sales have exceeded 60,000, and they are up 4,211 from last season when 57,720 tickets were sold. Michigan State’s student season-ticket sales reached its limit of 14,000, the most since 16,000 were sold in 1988. It is the eighth straight season they have exceeded 13,500.

The overall record is 63,831, set two seasons ago.

Here are the top years for Michigan State season-ticket sales:

■1. 63,831 (2012)

■2. 61,931 (2014)

■3. 61,479 (2000)

■4. 61,227 (2006)

■5. 61,198 (2001)

■6. 60,692 (2005)

■7. 60,109 (1999)

Michigan State has ranked among the NCAA’s top 25 in attendance each of the last 58 seasons, including No. 20 in 2013, averaging 72,328 fans per game. The Spartans ranked No. 19 in the NCAA in total attendance at 506,294 for seven home games.

No. 11 Michigan State (1-1) hosts Eastern Michigan (1-2) at noon Saturday.