Deion Sanders’ impact on the colorado buffalo football program it continues to pay dividends for college, even before «Coach Prime» has coached a football game.

Colorado announced Monday that it sold out season tickets for the college football season 2023ending a 27-year unsold streak.

A player holds up a Colorado Buffaloes helmet before the college football game between the Colorado Buffaloes and the Arizona State Sun Devils on September 25, 2021 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. (Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The last time the Buffaloes sold out their season tickets was in 1996, and Monday’s announcement marked the ninth time Colorado had accomplished the feat.

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«Sales of season tickets for the first time in nearly 30 years shows just how strong our fan base is,» CU athletic director Rick George said in a statement. «Selling out at the earliest point before a season in our history is a testament to our fans’ thirst to see a championship-caliber product on the field. Folsom Field’s 100th season will be special with Coach Prime’s First Team and a tremendous schedule at home on tap. We expect a full house at every game and believe we will achieve that goal soon after single-game tickets go on sale.»

Sanders was hired in December to take over a program that has been largely irrelevant for the past 20 years, winning double-digit games in a season just once since 2002.

Colorado Buffaloes football coach Deion Sanders speaks to members of the media about National Signing Day during a news conference at the Dal Ward Athletic Center in Boulder on Wednesday, February 1, 2023. Sanders talked about signing new players to the football team for the upcoming season.

Colorado Buffaloes football coach Deion Sanders speaks to members of the media about National Signing Day during a news conference at the Dal Ward Athletic Center in Boulder on Wednesday, February 1, 2023. Sanders talked about signing new players to the football team for the upcoming season. (Matthew Jonas/MediaNews Group/Boulder Daily Camera via Getty Images)

In 2022, CU went 1-11 and fired head coach Karl Dorrell after just five games.

Sanders’ hiring immediately activated the dormant program, with colorado breaking his attendance two months before the Buffaloes’ scheduled spring game, according to The Denver Post.

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«The response to spring game sales has been very exciting,» said Alexis Williams, CU’s senior associate athletic director of field operations. «I think it surpassed anything we thought it would be, so we’re excited to have thousands of fans here for a spring game. I think it’s also giving fans who won’t be able to make it in the fall a chance to have a Go ahead and come to the game.»

In his first few months as the head coach of an FBS show, Sanders infused the show with talent, attracted the ranked class 21 and a top-five transfer portal class, according to 247 Sports.

Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders speaks during a news conference at the Arrow Touchdown Club.

Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders speaks during a news conference at the Arrow Touchdown Club. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

«We’re not recruiting ordinary Tom, Dick and Harry,» Sanders said on National Signing Day. «We drafted some guys who can light up the scoreboard and stop touchdowns from happening. We’re getting there. We’re serious about it.»

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«Hope is in the house. Hope is in the air. Hope is in the city. Hope is in the community.»

Colorado will play its first game at Folsom Field with Sanders on September 9 against Nebraska.