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Roughly 7,500 seats remain for NIU vs #25 Western Michigan

With the team 5-0 and having their Homecoming weekend, the Western Michigan Broncos are hoping to fill up their stands against NIU

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The Western Michigan Broncos are coming off a blow-out victory over rival Central Michigan. They have their first ever Top 25 ranking in program history. Oh, and it’s Homecoming against the six-time defending MAC West Champion NIU Huskies.

So how many fans are expected to fill Waldo Stadium on Saturday?

As of 10 am Thursday morning, the Bronco ticket office says that 15,500 tickets have been sold, with student tickets not counted (they’re free to get in and occupy the West/Home sideline). They also noted that ticket sales have been steady throughout the week, with roughly 1,000-1,100 tickets being sold per day so far.

With 7,000 seats reserved for the students, that leaves ~7,500 tickets available for Saturday’s game. Additionally, if you go to the WMU ticket site, you’ll see that the entire East sideline (generally, where the public sits, if not in the end zone) is completely sold out.

Still, with 2,500 tickets likely to be sold before walk-ups on Saturday, that leaves 5,000 seats and not great choices for fans hoping to snag a ticket on the day of. But with perfect weather (mid-50’s and clear at kickoff) and a ranked team on the field, Saturday should be full of Bronco fans hoping to secure bowl eligibility and the first 6-0 start since 1941.