Gators struggling while Louisville getting help to sell Sugar Bowl tickets
Florida and Louisville will meet on Jan. 2 in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, but ticket sales are a concern for Florida, while Louisville is getting help from Papa John's to help sell its allotment of tickets.
As of this past Friday, Florida had sold just 6,500 of its required allottment of 17,500 tickets. Louisville, which is playing in just its second BCS bowl, has sold more than 14,000 of its allottment, but is getting financial help from Papa John's with the remaining tickets.
The Louisville-based pizza company donated money to the university to help offset the cost of the remaining tickets.
The tickets in the 600 level of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome were originally listed for $135, but now can be purchased through Louisville for $65 because of the donation from Papa Johns.
Florida's University Athletic Association would be required to pay the cost of its unsold tickets - barring a rescue from a donor. Although the game is several weeks away and the total number of tickets sold could increase, for now the UAA would be on the hook for about $1.8 million based on the number sold as of now.
More on UF's struggles to sell tickets from Robbie Andreu of the Gainesville Sun.
And here's a link for more on Papa John's aiding Louisville.