Thursday, December 20, 2012
ACC bowl ticket sales update
By Andrea Adelson
With the ACC bowl games right around the corner, we figured now would be a good time to check in on how ticket sales are going for each team in a postseason game.
In a word: Not great.
But the ACC is not alone in this regard. Most every school out there has had a difficult time selling out its ticket allotment, and there are usually a variety of reasons why. Some teams have unappealing matchups, while many fans prefer to buy their tickets through other sources that offer them at a more discounted rate.
Here are the latest figures, given to us from each school. Just because a number is low does not mean the stadium will be empty, so keep that in mind.
Duke vs. Cincinnati, Belk Bowl, Dec. 27. Duke does not release official ticket sales figures, but there are tickets remaining in its allotment. A strong Blue Devils crowd is expected in Charlotte, given the proximity to Durham and the team's first bowl appearance since 1994.
Virginia Tech vs. Rutgers, Russell Athletic Bowl, Dec. 28. The Hokies have sold 3,000 tickets through the school, but they are still expecting a good size crowd in Orlando. Ticket sales through their allotment were slow the past two years but Virginia Tech still had good crowds in their games in Miami and New Orleans.
Georgia Tech vs. USC, Hyundai Sun Bowl, Dec. 31. The school has sold 1,200 tickets to the game. But the school is encouraging fans who can’t go to El Paso to buy tickets for the troops at Fort Bliss.
NC State vs. Vanderbilt, Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Dec. 31. The school has sold over 8,000 tickets in its allotment and is still selling. This game should also get a large crowd, with Vanderbilt playing in its hometown.
Clemson vs. LSU, Chick-Fil-A Bowl, Dec. 31. The game was officially announced as a sellout earlier this week, but tickets do remain on sale through the allotments given to the schools. Clemson has sold 9,000 of its tickets and is continuing to sell. This game should also draw a large crowd, considering the quality of the game and proximity to Clemson.
Florida State vs. Northern Illinois, Discover Orange Bowl, Jan. 1. Florida State has sold a little less than 5,000 tickets in its allotment. Though there isn't much sizzle to the matchup, the Seminoles do have a large fan base in South Florida so the crowd should be very FSU-heavy.