Washington released its first official tickets sold count for its Dec. 22 date in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, reporting that it has “distributed nearly 4.000 tickets” for the game.
UW was allocated 11,000 to sell, so obviously lots of tickets remain.
The Idaho Statesman reported today that Boise State has distributed nearly 3,100 tickets. BSU also got 11,000 to sell.
As the Statesman story points out, conferences typically help the schools out. According to Pac-12 guidelines, the Pac-12 will subsidize half of a team’s ticket allocation — meaning, the school is not on the hook for any unused tickets as long as it sells at least half of its allotment.
Recall also that all bowl revenue is shared with the conference, as well, after expenses for the teams.
The official payout per team for the MAACO Bowl is $1.1 million. UW athletic director Scott Woodward said last week the goal for the school is to break even.
The game has an official capacity of 38,000 and has had official sellouts six of the past seven years, according to executive director Dan Hanneke.
“We’re hoping to get into the 35,000 range we hope, and we’d love to have a sellout,” Hanneke said last week when he was in Seattle for a pre-bowl visit. He said the game typically draws a solid local crowd, as well, and is not solely dependent on fans of the participating schools.