Brisk sales this week for the ACC football championship game at Bank of America Stadium have pushed the game's total of tickets sold past 27,000, Charlotte Collegiate Football executive director Will Webb said Thursday.
Webb said a total of more than 2,000 tickets for the Dec. 3 game were sold Monday and Tuesday. His goal for sales before the teams are determined was 30,000, and Webb expects to surpass that number next week.
Enthusiasm for schools such as Georgia Tech, Clemson and Virginia Tech are fueling sales, Webb said, as is the fact that North Carolina still has a shot at the game.
The championship game is in its second year in Charlotte and already has surpassed the sales from before teams were announced in 2010.
Webb said the game benefited from starting with a ticket-renewal base from last year.
"I think last year people were hesitant to buy until they knew their team was in," Webb said. "This year with the success of last year, the fun that people had last year, people don't want to miss out, and I think that's what's pushing the sales effort."
Event organizers are hoping strong support from the game will cause the ACC to keep the game in Charlotte permanently. ACC officials were disappointed with sales in Jacksonville, Fla., and Tampa over the first five years the game was held.
Sales for the Dec. 27 Belk Bowl at Bank of America Stadium also have been strong, Webb said.
Lower-level sideline seats have sold out, although corner and end zone seats on the lower level remain available.
Webb said the 8 p.m. kickoff two days after Christmas and the securing of music artists Daughtry and Edwin McCain for the fan festival have generated additional interest in the bowl.