The Huskies have released their final accounting of their Holiday Bowl trip, and the school reports it managed to stay under budget.
UW received a total allowance from the Pac-10 of $1,093,190 and spent $1,089,394. That’s a difference of $3,796 which UW gets to keep (there’s kind of a technical explanation to why, and schools don’t always get to keep it, apparently, so it’s not as if they should just have no expense and they’d get to keep it all. Suffice to just leave it that for now, they get to pocket the little they had left over).
Among the major expenses were $418,071 for meals and lodging, which includes the team, staff, band, cheerleaders, etc.; $356,205 for a grouping that includes coaches compensation, support staff overtime, practice facility rental, refs at practice, etc; and $92,120 for transportation (and I’m not including every number here so it doesn’t all pencil out exactly).
UW also reported that it sold 9,116 tickets and absorbed 1,587 at a cost of $102,130.
Teams typically make little money on bowl games as other than an expense account, the rest is split with the conference. Because bowls force schools to buy a certain number of tickets, however, some schools have reported going over budget. But UW did not have that problem in this game, and it turned into a win-win when the Huskies also got the victory on the field with a 19-7 defeat of Nebraska.