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MAC Commissioner Says Conference May Subsidize Northern Illinois' Orange Bowl Trip
Published December 4, 2012
MY KIND OF TOWN: NIU Alumni Association Exec Dir & CEO Joseph Matty said that with "165,000 alumni in the Chicago area and another 60,000 living elsewhere in the country, NIU has demonstrated impressive school spirit at five smaller bowl games since 2005, and officials are expecting even bigger crowds Jan. 1." In Chicago, Healy & McCarthy note the "alumni group expects to sell 1,000 tickets to a pregame reception in Miami and will dispatch staff to eight other cities across the U.S. for additional game 'watch parties'" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 12/4).
SKY HIGH: In Miami, Linda Robertson notes BCS National Championship ticket prices "will fluctuate until kickoff, but Monday on Ticketmaster, not many tickets were available, and they were going for $2,079 to $3,026 apiece as 'package deals' in Section 415" of Sun Life Stadium. TiqIQ Senior Dir of Data & Communications Chris Matcovich said that on the secondary market, the "cheapest tickets were selling for $1,450, with the average price at $2,729." Matcovich said, "Right now, the 'get-in' price -- which is the least expensive price -- is higher than two of the last three Super Bowls. There is a good quantity available. I’d wait to see what happens after Alabama gets their allotment. You can expect prices to drop. The question is, how much?" Both Alabama and Notre Dame are "allotted 17,000 tickets." Notre Dame yesterday said that the 2,500 tickets the school is "selling to students were priced at $300 until an anonymous alumnus donated $375,000 to reduce students' cost to $150." About 4,000 students "have applied for tickets." Notre Dame Senior Assistant AD/Guest Relations & Event Marketing Josh Berlo said that "about 100,000 Notre Dame alumni, season-ticket holders and fans have requested tickets" (MIAMI HERALD, 12/4).