The Hokies have sold just over 9,200 tickets, Tech’s Assistant Director of Athletics for Ticketing Services Sandy Smith said Friday evening. The school was given an allotment of 17,500 for the bowl game.
Smith said the school moved up the public sale by three days to “see if people needed them and to try to help them out some” in their plans.
That’s behind pace for a usual Sugar Bowl appearance, which Smith said is probably because of the short notice this year. But it’s well ahead of the pace for recent trips to the Orange Bowl.
On Dec. 14 of last year, Virginia Tech had sold 6,500 tickets for its game against Stanford. In 2009, the school sold 3,342 of its allotment against Cincinnati, losing $1.77 million in unsold tickets.
As of two days ago, Michigan had sold 14,000 of its allotment.
(UPDATE: event date and time moved) Allstate is giving away 10 pairs of tickets at the gazebo located at the Virginia Tech Bookstore in Blacksburg on Tuesday. Registration is from 3-7 p.m. and a pair of tickets will be raffled off every 25 minutes. Fans must be present to win.
In unrelated news, Sports Business Journal has a list of every bowl game’s gifts for participants. For going to the Sugar Bowl, the Hokies get a gift suite (a showcase of items to choose from), a Reactor watch, a New Era cap and a Majestic fleece pullover.
The NCAA allows bowls to spend a maximum of $550 on each player as a bowl gift.