Whether or not the Louisville Cardinals bringing back Bobby Petrino will pay any sort of dividends on the field remains to be seen this upcoming season, but you can already feel that his presence, along with a conference switch, is very much helping in the school’s financial department.
According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, the Cardinals have officially sold through all of their season tickets for this upcoming season. Over 46,000 sold.
Louisville has sold school record 46,149 season tickets
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) August 6, 2014
This will be the first season for the Cardinals in the ACC, so needless to say, the games they’re playing this season compared to the slate they had in the AAC is much more appealing. For example, the Cardinals will be getting a visit this season from the defending national champion Florida State Seminoles.
But this is also a good sign that fans still care about the program, despite the departure of Charlie Strong. And again, that has a lot to do with the program bringing Petrino back.
While there are a lot of people that question his character, there’s no questioning that the man is a good football coach. His presence alone has kept that expectation of success at a high level, thus the good ticket sales.