Northern Illinois to give students free Orange Bowl tickets

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer
Nobody in this photo needs to pay for an Orange Bowl ticket. (US Presswire)

Northern Illinois students will not have to pay a dime for their Orange Bowl tickets.

The school plans to give every student who wants one a free ticket to the game, with the only catch being they have to get to Miami to pick it up. So students will have to pay travel expenses to get to the game, though the school will also be offering several different travel packets on its website.

“We want our students to be a part of it,” said NIU sports information director Donna Turner. “We'd love to see a huge group of students get down to Miami.”

This is not a new exercise for Northern Illinois just for the Orange Bowl, either. The Huskies have now qualified for five consecutive bowl appearances, and students have received free tickets each of those years as well.

Of course, the demand for tickets to places like Mobile, Ala., to see Northern Illinois play Arkansas State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl will pale in comparison to a trip to Miami for the Orange Bowl matchup with Florida State. Still, most schools actually lose money on these trips, anyway. The bowls force them to buy a block of tickets. The school then takes the loss on any unsold seats.

If odds are you're going to lose money on the tickets, anyway, might as well let your students enjoy themselves.

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