Relatively speaking, Memphis Maniax ticket sales are keeping up with the big boys.
At least some of them. The Maniax have sold 6,000 season tickets, while its brethren XFL teams such as the San Francisco Demons and the New York/New Jersey Hitmen have sold 18,000 season tickets, according to the Memphis Business Journal.
But Memphis is hanging in with other, larger, market teams such the Chicago Enforcers (5,000 season tickets), the L.A. Extreme (6,000 season tickets), and the Las Vegas Outlaws (6,000 season tickets). Memphis is out-selling the Birmingham Thunderbolts (2,500 season tickets).
Though ticket sales for the Orlando Rage are not available yet, the XFL claims it is pleased with overall sales, with a combined 43,500 tickets sold toward the league-wide goal of 65,000.
The Maniax, as well as the rest of the XFL teams, will attempt to step up progress on ticket sales through ads on the leagues networks: NBC, UPN, and TNN.
One factor which might hinder sales is that the league-wide training camp is in Las Vegas, far away from Memphis Liberty Bowl Stadium. Says Maniax GM Steve Ehrhart, I wish we had training camp here in town to let the fans get to know the team. Ehrhart goes on to say, were pleased [with ticket sales], but wed like to sell between 8,000 and 10,000 season tickets [sold].