Chick-fil-A Bowl announces sellout, but tickets still remain

Gary Stokan, president and CEO of the Chick-fil-A Bowl, watches Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney talk about playing at the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta on December 31.

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Gary Stokan, president and CEO of the Chick-fil-A Bowl, watches Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney talk about playing at the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta on December 31.

— For the 16th consecutive year, the Chick-fil-A Bowl has sold its complete allotment of tickets for the ACC vs. SEC rivalry bowl game – but tickets are still readily available online.

The bowl ticket office sold nearly 35,000 tickets to local and regional buyers. A record 94% of ticket buyers renewed their purchases for this year’s bowl game.

The 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl will kick off Dec. 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Georgia Dome and will be nationally televised by ESPN, running unopposed in its time slot. This year’s matchup, featuring No. 8 LSU vs. No. 14 Clemson, has been ranked by many, including ESPN and Sports Illustrated, as the fourth-best match-up of the bowl season, including the BCS games.

“The amount of local support for our game is truly inspirational and we feel blessed Atlanta has embraced this game the way it has,” said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Bowl president and CEO. “There were a lot of buyers who purchased early in anticipation of another great match-up, and with number-eight LSU and number-14 Clemson, we did not disappoint.”

“We thank our local Atlanta fans and corporate supporters for elevating the Chick-fil-A Bowl to become one of the preeminent bowl games in the country,” Stokan added.

All remaining tickets for the 71,996-seat Georgia Dome were purchased by LSU and Clemson, following their selections on Dec. 2.

Bowl tickets are available through Clemson’s ticket office at ClemsonTigers.com for either $80 or $90. They will remain on-sale until the allotment is sold out. Each team is required to buy 18,000 tickets whether it sells out its allotment or not.

Tickets are also available through secondary resellers like StubHub.com, where they were on sale for as little as $25 Monday night.

The Chick-fil-A Bowl’s string of 16 consecutive sellouts is the second-longest among all bowls in the country, trailing only the Rose Bowl. Over that span, the Chick-fil-A Bowl is among the highest-attended non-BCS games in the nation with an average attendance of 72,126 in its previous 15 games.

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MoncksTater writes:

The University ticket office is selling at 80$ what I bought on stubhub for 35$ each. Anyone ? I guess the "true sellout" is the school for trying to rob its fans of thier hard earned money.

ocrosko writes:

in response to MoncksTater:

The University ticket office is selling at 80$ what I bought on stubhub for 35$ each. Anyone ? I guess the "true sellout" is the school for trying to rob its fans of thier hard earned money.

at moncks---its not the schools fault..that is the face value of the ticket and the bowl makes each school purchase an allotment..the school is just hoping to sell all and dont make a profit off them..the school will actually lose money if they dont sell all their allotment,thats why they ask you to buy thru them..its the bowls fault.they have the schools by the balls.example northern illinois has 18,000 to sell for orange bowl yet they only average 15000 for home games..total bs

Bigboots writes:

You should try placing the dollar sign to the left of the number.
It may give the impression that you are familiar with money.
Go ahead, $1, $2, $20, and so on.

Bigboots writes:

Senn, I like the idea.
Seems like the school gives away a large number of tickets to employees, etc. and tries to make up the money on the tickets it sells.
I have heard that many schools are being left with thousands of unsold tickets. FSU, for example, was reproted to have nearly 10k left for the Orange Bowl.
Except for ND vs Alabama, ticket sales are supposedly slow.

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