ACC title game costs FSU

The Florida State football team won the ACC championship game but the program lost about $478,000 doing it.

Florida State sold just 2,033 of its 10,000 ticket allocation, according to warchant.com. The Seminoles defeated Georgia Tech 21-15 on Dec. 1 in Charlotte, N.C.

Because schools are totally responsible for the first 6,000 tickets allocated, almost all of FSU's loss — $440,491 — came from having to cover the cost of the unsold tickets (the ACC helps cover for the other 4,000 allocated tickets if they're unsold).

The league announced that 64,778 tickets were sold but Bank of America Stadium, where the NFL's Panthers play, did not appear to be nearly that full.

The website reported its findings after an open-records request. In all, FSU had $351,690 in revenue and $830,654 in expenses, including more than $78,000 for team lodging (three nights) and more than $50,000 for lodging for the marching band. Television revenue was not factored in; those numbers will be available in June.

USF track in lead: The USF men's track team led the Big East Indoor championships in Geneva, Ohio, through five events. The Bulls had 44 points, 19 more than Louisville and Connecticut. Neamen Wise won the long jump at 24 feet, 7¼ inches and in the pole vault the Bulls went 1-2 with Drew Volz (16-8¾) edging Wyatt Metzger (16-4¾). The USF women's team was second with 29 points, 19 behind Connecticut. Defending champion Monique Williams (19-7) won the long jump for the Bulls.

Baseball: USF defeated Purdue 20-2 after losing to Louisville 10-1 in the Big East-Big Ten Challenge at Bright House Field in Clearwater. James Ramsay of Brandon High had a home run and four RBIs for the Bulls (1-1) against the Boilermakers. USF faces Indiana today at 1 at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin. … Host FSU (2-0), 20th in the Baseball America poll, scored three in the seventh and two in the eighth to defeat Rhode Island 6-2. … Dunedin High grad Casey Turgeon hit a three-run homer in the first and host Florida (1-1), ranked 17th, held on to defeat Duke 4-2.

ACC title game costs FSU 02/16/13 [Last modified: Sunday, February 17, 2013 12:03am]

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