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Sugar, Sun Bowls sell out

Posted on: December 8, 2010 12:07 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2010 12:10 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The economic slump has taken its toll on ticket sales and attendance figures for any number of bowls over the past couple of seasons -- no, John Q. College Football Fan does not want to spend his hard-earned cash visiting Detroit at the end of December to watch the Little Caesar's Bowl -- but that doesn't mean that with the right matchup in the right setting, fans still won't flock to their team's postseason destination.

Exhibit A: the Sugar Bowl has already sold out . It's the Sugar Bowl, sure, but getting to New Orleans from Columbus isn't the easiest of hikes, and while no one will accuse Arkansas fans of being any less fervent in their devotion to their football team than fans at their fellow SEC schools, they also simply don't have the numbers of an Alabama, Florida, or LSU. If it's taken less than 48 hours or so to sell out the Superdome, that's not bad.

But, yes, it is still the Sugar Bowl. And yes, it's the Hogs' first trip there in ages and the Buckeyes have one of the nation's largest followings. It's not bad, but it's not impressive. What might be, though, is Exhibit B: the Sun Bowl, in El Paso, Texas, has also sold out . It's even done so in record time, exhausting its ticket supply in less than 24 hours to break last year's mark by nearly nine days, and that's despite El Paso's less-than-desirable proximity to crime-ridden Juarez hampering its image as a tourist destination. (If you can't make it in person, remember that you can always watch the Sun Bowl at 2 p.m. EST Dec. 31, exclusively on ... wait for it ... CBS!)

That's what having two name-brand teams in Miami and Notre Dame set to renew the most famous and consequential rivalry of the late 1980s will get you, we suppose. (That the Irish declined to play a bowl game of any kind last season probably helps, too.) What happens if you're not pairing the 'Canes and Irish? What happens if you're pairing, say, a 6-6 Pac-10 mediocrity with a Big 12 opponent that 1. just crushed its legions of fans with a devastating championship game defeat 2. played in that same bowl game last year 3. obliterated that same Pac-10 team in that team's stadium earlier this season?

What happens is you have the Holiday Bowl and its Nebraska-Washington matchup, and you are also not going to see all that many Husker fans there :
The Nebraska athletic ticket office still has about 5,000 tickets for sale to the public, something that probably wouldn't have been the case had the Huskers made it to another bowl against another team.

"Last year we had two planes full within our first four days," [travel agent Vicki] Grieser said. "There's not the same interest, and we think it's mainly because of the opponent ... When I first heard Holiday Bowl I said, 'Oh, that's not so bad. People love San Diego.' But when it was against Washington people are thinking twice about it."
In many cases, yes, the economy will be to blame for bowl struggles. But as the Holiday is proving, there's often a lot more to it than that.

HT on Holiday story: DocSat .


Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 8:04 pm

Sugar, Sun Bowls sell out

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Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2010 12:32 pm

Sugar, Sun Bowls sell out

Actually, in 2008-2009 Notre Dame did not sell out the Hawaii bowl. (You know the bowl they were good enough to play in at 6-6 but not good enough to play in another bowl in 2009-2010 at 6-6).  There were 7,000 empty seats.

Since: Sep 14, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2010 11:06 am

Sugar, Sun Bowls sell out

Notre Dame will sell anything out.

Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 5:20 pm

Sugar, Sun Bowls sell out

What a blunder for the Holiday Bowl, bet the guy who said "Hey, let's have a rematch of Nebreska and Washington", loses his job.  Idiot!

Since: Oct 19, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2010 2:08 pm

Sugar, Sun Bowls sell out

Here's an Idea, get rid of 15 bowls and match only the top teams throughout the country and remove the bowl tie-in requirements. Granted the bowls will still abide by the past tie-ins, but it certainly opens it up for better match ups than Nebraska and Washington, again.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2010 1:48 pm

Sugar, Sun Bowls sell out

I have no idea what the Holiday Bowl people were thinking when they matched Wash up against Nebraska for a rematch of a game that was not very good the first time around.  As far as the other games go, give the folks a good matchup and they will attend.  That is one reason the Cotton Bowl worked so hard for A&M against LSU, it was a very good matchup for each school's fans. 

Since: Feb 19, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2010 1:28 pm

Sugar, Sun Bowls sell out

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