Athletic Director Lee Fowler released the 2007-2008 annual report for NC State Athletics. Except for a few individual student-athletes and a couple individual programs, it was the accomplishments of NC State’s fantastic supporters and fans that received the most attention in the report.
First, the NC State fans helped land Head Football Coach, Tom O’Brien; now, the support of the very fans that Lee Fowler so often criticizes provides his athletics program its primary success story of the year. (Oh the irony)
Here are a few of the highlights:
– NC State fans soldout Carter-Finley Stadium for the seventh consecutive year and sold a record number of season tickets(37,500) despite coming off of a 3-9 season in 2006 which was the 2nd losing season in the previous three years.
-Revenue from football tickets reached an all-time high – $10.75 million
-Basketball attendence averaged 15,043 which was the 2nd highest total in the program’s history a year after the team did not even participate in the NCAA tournament. This total moved our national ranking in attendence from 18th to 16th.
-Members of the Wolfpack Club also hit a membership mark of 20,256 which puts the club in the top five nationally
-WPC members set an all-time record for annual giving at $10.0 million; 2nd highest capital giving in the last five years($13.7 million); highest endowment giving of the last five years($1.8 million); and 2nd highest total giving of the last five years($25.4 million)