Virginia Tech has distributed more than 14,000 tickets for Sugar Bowl
After originally estimating that it would sell 10,000 of its 17,500 allotted Sugar Bowl tickets, Virginia Tech representatives told the Washington Post Tuesday morning that it has distributed more than 14,000.
The newspaper reports that the number is a bit misleading:
Virginia Tech has actually sold 10,243 tickets and, through the school’s proxy program, fans have purchased another 409 tickets that will be distributed to military personnel and various New Orleans charity organizations.
Sandy Smith, Virginia Tech’s assistant athletic director for ticketing services, said Tuesday an additional 4,000 tickets will be distributed to military personnel with the cost being picked up by a combination of the school and the (Atlantic Coast Conference), because both would have to cover the cost of unsold tickets anyway.
Despite the attention paid to Virginia Tech's slow ticket sales -- a target since the Hokies were chosen over higher-ranked schools because of their fan base's ability to fill a stadium -- athletic director Jim Weaver has maintained he expects between 15,000 and 20,000 fans to attend the Jan. 3 game against Michigan (8:30 p.m., ESPN). Many are opting to purchase tickets through the less-expensive secondary market, he has said.