Fresh off a six-win season, a massive turnaround from an abysmal 2-10 record in ‘11, and an Egg Bowl Trophy in Oxford’s possession, Ole Miss has sold 21,470 tickets to the Compass Bowl against Big East member Pittsburgh.
That’s believed to be the most in the SEC, and it’s a huge demand few saw coming. The Rebels were only slated for 10,000 tickets, but they blew through those in a few days and had to go back for more.
“It’s the first time that has ever happened with these type of ticket sales,” BBVA Compass Bowl executive director Mark Meadows said. “We’ve had some good ticket sales here, when South Carolina was here (in 2010). But this, it’s kinda unprecedented.”
Pitt has been to the same bowl game for the past three years, and the Panthers’ traveling club could be minimal. Ole Miss took 4,000 of their tickets, too.
“We’re actually cutting off sales at 5 p.m. (Tuesday) and from this point on, there’s nothing more that we can accommodate because the university closes (on Thursday),” Owen said. “We’re going to push people towards the Compass Bowl starting (today).”
This bodes well for Ole Miss in future bowl games, and it makes them a more attractive selection than several others in the SEC, just because of the revenue it will bring the town for the big game. And Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork knows that.
“We know that Ole Miss is a team that people want in their bowl game,” Bjork said. “As we win more games in the future, we’re going to be attractive for years to come.”
“Attractive for years to come” – you can feel the excitement and energy in Oxford over the Hugh Freeze hire. He has breathed new life back into an exhausted fan base.
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