Tennessee and Indiana are slated to face-off during the 75th Gator Bowl next Thursday and already, more than 55,000 tickets have been sold to the event.
With less than a week to go, Indiana and Tennessee fans helped the Bowl sell the most amount of tickets since the 2016 game between Georgia and Penn State, which brought in 58,212 people. According to the IndyStar, both teams sold their allotment of 8,000 tickets, and now the remaining fans have a few days to score tickets from the 10,000 tickets still left on Ticketmaster. Over the past three years, the Gator Bowl has averaged 40,873 people in attendance; there were 56,310 fans in the crowd during Tennessee’s last Gator Bowl in 2015 when the Vols played Iowa.
Gator Bowl President Rick Catlett said in a statement earlier this week that “you have to go back to that game, and the year before with Tennessee and Iowa, to see these kind of ticket sales.”
“We’ve exceeded our budget, and we’re very happy with the response of the two fan bases,” Catlett said, noting that Indiana has sold tickets better than any other Big Ten Team under the current contract, with the exception of Penn State.
On Sunday night, the teams will hold their first practices, preparing for the Gator Bowl next Thursday in Jacksonville.