We’re a little more than a month away from the start of Lobo Basketball, and this year UNM is seeing a welcomed change when it comes to season ticket sales.
Each of the past two years, season tickets sales have dropped by more than 10 percent. Last year, Lobo Basketball sold 8,057 season tickets, compared to the 2013-2014 season when they were selling more than 11,600.
“Everyone that follows Lobo Basketball sees what’s going on, but we see that the team is getting better,” Francisco Smalls said. “Kind of controversial things were happening last year, but he’s fixed those issues and the fans are going to come out this year.”
While UNM Athletics has stressed over the years it’s not that worried about the dwindling numbers, it is happy to see a slight uptick in season tickets sales.
With the release of their schedule last week they’ve already sold more 7,502 season tickets. That’s up nearly 50 from this time last year.
Paul Weir is going into his second season as head coach and he’s been showing off his squad all summer. In a news conference last week, He said he’s not done reaching out to previous season ticket holders that have yet to commit this season.
Meanwhile, fans say the anticipation for the first game is building.
“I feel like people are excited, and we feel like this year will be the year we finally turn things around,” Wally Gallart said.
The Lobos will open their season here at the PIT for an exhibition game against Northern New Mexico on Nov. 10.