Bowl Tickets Going Faster at USC Than Clemson
2,000 tickets remain for USC, 9,000 for Clemson
Both South Carolina football powers are going bowling in Florida next month, but one team may have more company than the other.
Clemson University will face West Virginia during the FedEx Orange Bowl Jan. 4 in Miami and the University of South Carolina will play Nebraska during the Capital One Bowl Jan. 2.
Despite the excitement surrounding Clemson's ACC title and Orange Bowl berth, the Tigers' ticket office has only sold 8,500 tickets out of the 17,500 they are responsible for. At this point, the university could eat more than $1 million in unpurchased tickets.
"We still have 9,000 tickets that we can sell," Assistant Ticket Manager Tina Middleton said. "I guess with the timing of this game and the location that it may keep some people at home."
Clemson Tickets that are still available range from $225 for lower sideline seats to $75 for the top ten rows in the upper corner zone.
Middleton saw a return to school and the financial burden from the holidays as contributing factors in lower than expected ticket sales.
"Any ticket we have remaining will be donated to military families in the Florida area."
At USC, more tickets have been sold from a smaller allotment.
South Carolina has sold 10,500 tickets out of its allotment of 12,500, media relations director Steve Fink said. Tickets are still available for $87 each.
Both teams had impressive seasons, with Clemson defeating Virginia Tech twice on its way to the ACC Championship and USC winning 10 games for the second time ever.
The Gamecocks got the best of the Tigers during the annual rivalry game with a convincing 34-13 win.