Bulls outselling Ducks; Sun Bowl 'elated'
USF has sold more than 4,000 tickets for the Sun Bowl on New Year's Eve in El Paso, Texas, which puts them ahead of Oregon and has bowl officials excited about ticket sales for their game.
John Folmer, president of the Sun Bowl selection committee, said the Sun Bowl was "elated" to see had already sold more than half its allotment of 8,000 tickets. He expects Oregon to sell between 3,500 and 4,000 tickets, and said overall that this year's bowl has sold 2,600 more tickets than at this point last year. The bowl traditionally has strong sales in the El Paso community, so if ticket sales from the competing schools continue on their current pace, Folmer said the game will be "an overwhelming success."
USF's total sales include 1,000 tickets earmarked to be given to students. Folmer said he talked recently with a friend at Southwest Airlines, who said additional flights set up from Tampa to Dallas and other Texas airports to accommodate bowl attendees have sold well. The No. 21 Bulls and Ducks will play at 2 p.m. ET on Dec. 31, with a national TV broadcast on CBS.