By Kellis Robinett
Tribune News Service
Kansas State has sold approximately 10,000 tickets to the Alamo Bowl.
That number will guarantee the No. 11 Wildcats a strong following in San Antonio for their Jan. 2 game against No. 14 UCLA, but it also falls short of fulfilling their full ticket allotment of 12,000.
"We continue to have some sales each day," said Scott Garrett, K-State associate athletic director for ticketing and fan strategies, "and will be selling all the way through the game, including at the alumni pep rally on Jan. 1. I don't know that we will end up using the full official allotment, but we will definitely be well represented in San Antonio and are pleased with the response from K-State fans."
Tickets remain on sale at K-State's athletic website for $120 in the lower levels of the Alamodome and $75 in the upper levels. The venue holds roughly 66,000, and has a history for filling up for this bowl game. More than 65,000 fans have attended the past three Alamo Bowls. A good crowd is once again expected for this year's game, which is the lone postseason matchup of top 15 teams outside the playoff-affiliated bowls.
K-State ticket sales will need to increase for it to sell its full allotment. But sales are up significantly from a year ago, when K-State sold roughly 6,000 tickets of an 11,000 allotment to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
Last week, K-State students showed enthusiasm for the game by camping out at Bramlage Coliseum to purchase Alamo Bowl tickets.
A larger number of K-State fans showed up for the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl last year, buying tickets directly from the bowl game or on the secondary market. The Wildcats are once again expecting a larger group of traveling supporters than their ticket sales indicate, as some will opt to purchase Alamo Bowl tickets elsewhere.
They are available on the Alamo Bowl's website for as low as $25.
In past years, K-State sold its entire ticket allotments for the Fiesta Bowl and Cotton Bowl on pre-orders, and requested extra tickets to the Pinstripe Bowl.
The Wildcats traditionally travel well to postseason games. The Alamo Bowl won't be any different.
"It should be a great environment," Garrett said, "with lots of purple."