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6:06 PM, Aug 8, 2011   |    comments
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The City of Knoxville will be invaded with Vol football fans 25 days from now.

The football Vols will take on Montana at Neyland Stadium on September 3 at 6:00 p.m.

Ticket brokers and the University of Tennessee Ticket Office said season ticket sales are down but single game tickets are on track with last year's numbers.

Bill Kitts owns West Side Coins and Collectibles on Kingston Pike.  He has been selling UT football tickets for 25 years.  This year, Kitts changed his game plan due to the economy.

"We changed from just buying any ticket," Kitts said.  "I've been real selective over what I believe is real good tickets."

Kitts believes the Vols home schedule is much stronger than some fans think.  He's hoping the football Vols beat big teams to boost sales.

Ticket numbers could also be higher on Rocky Top.

"We might be behind on our season tickets this year compared to last year, but when you look at the economy or athletics anywhere, it's unbelievable the numbers we're still doing," said Associate Athletic Director Joe Arnone.

The ticket office said they've sold more than 63,000 season tickets.  That's nearly 3,000 fewer than they sold last year.

Single-ticket sales started Monday.

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