Iowa is outpacing LSU in early ticket sales for the Outback Bowl.
LSU has sold 6,000 of its allotted 12,000 tickets, said Brian Broussard, director of ticket operations at LSU. Iowa has sold more than 10,000 of its 11,500 allotment, said Pam Finke, Iowa’s director of ticket operations.
LSU and Iowa meet in the bowl game Jan. 1 in Tampa, Fla.
Finke expected that the Hawkeyes would be within 1,000 tickets of selling out their allotment by Tuesday. Iowa had sold about 10,250 Monday afternoon. The school will request more tickets if the demand his high enough, she said.
Broussard admitted that LSU’s ticket sales have been slower than expected, especially for a site named Monday as the host for the 2017 College Football Playoff national championship game.
“We’re trying to keep interest in it,” Broussard said. “It’s a great location. We went down on the site visit. It’s probably one of our better … I mean, it was 80 degrees. Everything is centrally located. We’re trying to make everyone aware.”
LSU is using a few promotions to do so.
The LSU athletic department and the Tiger Athletic Foundation is covering ticket costs for students who attended at least three regular season home games and registered by yesterday (Sunday). Tickets are $80 each.
Broussard said about 300 students took advantage of the free tickets over the weekend.
The university is also distributing a prize each day until Dec. 26 to a fan who bought tickets.
Fans can order from LSU’s allotment by visiting lsutix.net or calling the ticket office at (800) 960-8587 or (225) 578-2184 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Most of LSU’s allotment of tickets are for the north end zone of Raymond James Stadium, Broussard said. That end zone is famous for the massive pirate ship that overlooks the section of seats. Other tickets are available through the Outback Bowl here.
The school was only given 1,500 tickets along the sidelines of the stadium. Those tickets have been sold. The remaining tickets are in the corners or the upper decks and in the end zone, Broussard said.
LSU is responsible for any unsold tickets, a normal bowl practice.
LSU last year sold 10,500 of its allotted 16,000 Chick-fil-A Bowl tickets. A Southeastern Conference insurance policy reimbursed LSU for the cost of about 4,000 tickets, but the school still had to pay for $176,300 in unsold tickets.
And, now, to the stadium expansion stuff.
On his Twitter account Monday, Broussard released the first draft of the 3D image of Tiger Stadium’s south end zone expansion.
Here’s the tweet with a link to the photo. For easier viewing, we’ve placed the photo below that.
First draft 3D version of South EZ expansion. Hope to have more in the new year. pic.twitter.com/ocI09yJIm3
— Brian Broussard (@broussardbrian) December 16, 2013