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U of L offering discounted football tickets through Groupon

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --  It's a deal that's quickly catching the attention of Cardinal fans. For $20 on Groupon, you can get 4 upper-level tickets to this Friday's football game against Rutgers.

"I think it's a great idea, especially for those who can't afford to go on a regular basis and to fill the stands, and to show the Cards we support them," says U of L fan Charlene Head.

"It might be a ploy to get more people into the stadium, but that's not a bad idea," says U of L fan Lamont Samuels.

Online, when told about the deal, some fans speculate it's so the stadium won't look empty, and ask if U of L is having problems selling tickets.

U of L officials tell us this isn't the case.

"Not at all. We've sold more season tickets this season than we had last year, so with the expansion we want to give everybody the opportunity to come to the stadium that possibly can," says Amy Blevins-Morgan, U of L's Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing.  

Officials with U of L's Athletic Department say, the deal is happening because Rutgers returned tickets back to the University, so the tickets they're now offering are in the visitors section.

They now have fewer than 3,000 seats they want to fill for Friday's football  game.

"So that put us in a position to be able to extend the offer to a mass number of people, because obviously the Groupon reaches hundreds of thousands of people, so you don't want to do it on a game where you don't have a lot of tickets to move," says Amy Blevins-Morgan.

It's a deal that fans like Charlene Head and Lamont Samuels say is worth the buy.

"So many of us can't afford those seats on a regular basis, and I think any way you can get a fan in there to support us is a good deal," says Charlene Head.

"Just to get fans in the stadium to see a live game, it makes a difference in the team," says Lamont Samuels.

By Wednesday evening, the web site said 300 of the Groupon packages had been sold, meaning 1,200 tickets.

U of L officials say they first used the site Groupon to sell tickets as discounted prices last year for a women's basketball game, and it was a success.

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