MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Joining the Big 12 seems to be paying off for West Virginia University: Sales of season tickets for football are outpacing last year.
So far, fans have requested more than 25,200 renewals, up from about 23,600 a year ago.
Marketing official Matt Wells tells media outlets last season's Orange Bowl victory also may be fueling sales.
WVU sold fewer than 35,000 season tickets last year, the fewest since 2005.
Wells says it's hoping to reverse the decline that began in 2008, when season ticket sales peaked at more than 38,000.
Last year, season ticket packages cost $365 a seat. This year, they're $395.
WVU has also received more first-time Mountaineer Athletic Club donations and requests for additional tickets from previous donors.
Single-game tickets go on sale in late summer.