An enticing matchup between two traditional college football powers resulted in the quickest sellout in the history of the Hyundai Sun Bowl, the oldest of the non-January 1 and beyond bowls. Or did it?
Sun Bowl officials announced that 300 tickets would go on sale today, Tuesday, December 28, for the clash between Notre Dame and Miami Friday, December 31. According to KTSM-TV in El Paso, TX, the ducats are priced between $30 and $50 and became available when people did not claim tickets they ordered.
The Sun Bowl announced Monday, December 6 that it had sold out the 50,426-seat Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, TX. The previous fastest sellout in the 76-year history of the Sun Bowl occurred 10 days before kickoff.
Sun Bowl tickets appear to be in demand on the secondary market. StubHub.com had just 352 tickets to the game, the cheapest of which was listed at $55 for a seat in Row 54 along Sideline 25, on the Miami side. Face value for that ticket is $40. There were also six end zone general admission seats listed for $74 per seat. List price is just $15.
The Sun Bowl is faring much better than some other pre-January 1 bowls. StubHub has 797 tickets to the Valero Alamo Bowl, which will pit Arizona against Oklahoma State on Wednesday, December 29. More than 300 of those tickets are $30 or less, including 13 upper level sideline tickets priced at $10.
There are 619 tickets available on StubHub to the Holiday Bowl, which will feature Nebraska and Washington on Thursday, December 30. There are 2,376 tickets available to the Music City Bowl, also scheduled for December 30 between North Carolina and Tennessee, including more than 700 upper level seats listed for less than $30 each.