Good luck getting tickets
Florida and Ohio State each received an allotment of 16,000 tickets. Of those, 2,250 tickets were set aside for Florida students, players and band members and 1,500 were allotted for the official traveling party, coaches, staff, sponsors, university guests, University Athletic Board of Directors and the Intercollegiate Athletic Committee.
The remaining 12,250 tickets, at a price of $175 plus a $5 handling charge, were made available for sale to Gator boosters. The UF ticket office received orders for nearly 21,500 tickets and 9,214 were unable to be filled and the money was refunded.
“This, without question, has been the most in-demand game we’ve had in my tenure here.,” said Bill Holloway, Florida’s assistant athletic director/ticket manager. Still, UF is bound by its ticket policy.
“We only get a certain number and we have to satisfy the Gator booster party system," Holloway said. "We have followed it for many, many years and we have not deviated. It’s all tied into contribution. But this was probably the first time some of our season ticket holders have been (negatively) affected.”
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UF safety named All-America
Florida safety Reggie Nelson was named to the Associated Press first-team All-America defense, with Gator cornerback Ryan Smith making the second team and linebacker Brandon Siler making the third team. No other state teams were represented. The three selections are the most for the Gators since six in 2001. Keiwan Ratliff in 2003 was UF's last first-team selection. Heisman-winning quarterback Troy Smith was among three Ohio State first-teamers (five overall) who will face Florida in the BCS title game.
- Antonya English, Times staff