As of Tuesday afternoon, Virginia Tech had sold just short of 5,000 tickets for the Sugar Bowl against Michigan. The school was given an allotment of 17,000, although only donors and season-ticket holders have been able to purchase them so far.
Sandy Smith, Tech’s Assistant Director of Athletics for Ticketing Services, said the short notice has had an effect on sales.
“We’ve usually given our donors several weeks to do it,” he said. “I think it’s most of them getting their ducks in a row before they even order tickets.”
Donors and season ticket holders have until Friday to submit their orders. Smith said he’ll have a more accurate count on sales then.
Student tickets go on sale today, and the public sale begins Monday.
Smith said after so many recent Orange Bowls in Miami, fans have inundated the ticket office with inquiries about going to New Orleans.
“I would think that we’ll have sales comparable to what we’ve done in some of the past Sugar Bowls,” he said.