How many USF tickets for Gators game?
The question has been asked enough that I felt the need to track down an answer Friday afternoon: Just how many tickets will USF be allotted for this fall's Sept. 11 football game at Florida?
The simple answer, after checking the initial contract for the game, signed way back in 2002, is that USF is allotted 6,000 tickets for the game in Gainesville. That seems like a higher amount than normal, but there are no "comp" tickets exchanged, which means USF must first accommodate all of its in-house needs -- university personnel, marching band, players' family members and guests.
Once you take those away, only about half the allotment, or 3,000 tickets, will be available on a limited basis to season-ticket holders. The Bulls had more than eight times that many season-ticket holders last year, so this should be one of the toughest -- if not the toughest -- road ticket in USF history. (FSU, if you'll remember, hooked the Bulls up with 12,000 or more tickets for last year's game in Tallahassee.)
With that in mind, USF is offering up a pair of tickets to the game at next week's spring football game at Raymond James Stadium. Fans who have renewed their season tickets for 2010 get a chance to win when they scan in their free spring game tickets -- one fan will be chosen for the free pairs of tickets.
USF will get $500,000 for playing the game in Gainesville -- the two teams are scheduled to meet again in 2015, and though the guarantee for that game is contractually the same, during the course of its postponements from its original date in 2009, Florida had said it would re-negotiate the payout for 2015 to be consistent with the "going rate," as determined before the 2010 game is played.
And yes, the officials for the Gainesville games will be assigned by the Southeastern Conference. And should either side want to back out of the second game in 2015, it'll cost them $250,000 to do so.