Lobo ticket sales have picked up this season. Here's a look at the numbers.

Jan. 4—As the Mountain West home schedule tips off for the UNM Lobos on Saturday night against the Wyoming Cowboys, ticket sales for men's basketball are selling at a quicker pace than a year ago.

In addition to much higher average attendance to date than a year ago, Deputy Athletic Director Dave Williams confirmed the Lobos sold 8,159 season tickets this season for men's basketball — up from 7,330 last year. The number is just shy of the 8,193 the program had four years ago in 2019-20, the year before COVID-19. State health restrictions led to no home games being allowed in the state that season and required in-arena health restrictions for another.

"We're appreciative. We understand that it takes a lot of dedication to support the team, especially on a season ticket basis," Williams said. "It's critically important to us, not only from a revenue standpoint, but just from the number of people we can count on to be at the games is so critical to create the home-court advantage that we are trying to create."

All 40 Pit suites have been sold for the season, too, though revenue for those goes to pay down the debt service for the 2009 renovation and is not reflected in the ticket revenue numbers the athletic department budget reports each year (men's basketball reported about $3.5 million in ticket revenue last season).

This season's season ticket base of 8,159 — the lowest number UNM can count on even if it doesn't sell any single-game tickets or no students show up to use theirs — is more than the average home attendance so far this season of 8 of 11 Mountain West schools. It would rank 47th nationally in Division I out of 363 teams.

Luckily for the Lobos, however, they can still sell more tickets, and plan to as conference play has always led to a fairly significant uptick in attendance figures.

While Saturday's game against Wyoming might settle in around the 13,000 mark, next Saturday's nationally-televised game in the Pit against potentially nationally-ranked San Diego State is trending toward a sellout, likely by early next week.

NONCONFERENCE UPSWING: The Dec. 2 game against New Mexico State was the Pit's first non-conference sellout since the 2014-15 season and helped the Lobos average 11,579 over seven home games so far this season.

A year ago, in non-conference regular season games, the Lobos averaged 9,542 per home game.

MOUNTAIN WEST: Here are the average home attendance figures for the Mountain West through Thursday night:

12,305 San Diego State11,579 New Mexico9,608 Boise State7,415 Nevada6,596 Utah State6,002 Colorado State3,556 UNLV3,477 Wyoming3,275 Fresno State1,702 San Jose State1,463 Air Force

SDSU's current average, which is capped at 12,414 (capacity at Viejas Arena), ranks 23rd in the country. UNM ranks 24th.