(Editor’s Note: The Ole Miss Sports Information Department has corrected the press release sent to media below regarding the record number of tickets sold for the BBVA Compass Bowl. The Stanford Cardinals hold the record for ticket sales this bowl season for their Rose Bowl matchup against Wisconsin.
Rebel Nation Hungry For A Bowl Game
By: G.P. Galloway
Ole Miss Sports Information Contributed To This Report
The Ole Miss Rebel fan base has purchased a record number of tickets to the BBVA Compass Bowl on January 5th, where the Rebels will face off against the Pittsburg Panthers.
Rebel fans have demolished all Compass Bowl records in ticket sales — selling 23,381 tickets thus far, which is what happens when a team has been in the desert for two years.
While the recent Cotton Bowl victories are not forgotten, the previous two seasons have left a sour taste in the mouths of Rebel fans everywhere.
After the ticket office sold the 10,000 allotment, the University received more tickets from the Compass Bowl as well as a few thousand seats left over from Pittsburgh’s cache of bowl tickets.
Some Rebel fans are buying straight from the bowl site as well. Fans are expected to buy more after the holidays are over. Combine that with cheaper ticket prices from online sites, and it’s not hard to imagine seeing thirty to forty thousands Rebel fans cheering on Coach Freeze’s high octane offense.
“We expected the Rebel Nation to come out in full force for the BBVA Compass Bowl, and we could not be prouder of the crowd we will have in Birmingham,” said Athletics Director Ross Bjork. “This outpouring of support only furthers the momentum of our football program and our reputation as one of the most attractive bowl teams in the nation. The challenge to Rebel Nation to break the BBVA Compass Bowl attendance record has been heard loud and clear.”
Pittsburgh will be playing in a bowl for the third-straight year, so that may be an issue in their slow ticket sales. While the Panthers may have apathy at this point regarding the Compass Bowl, Rebel Nation is proud to be there, and expects to have a good showing on the field.
Not bad for a team that won two games a year ago and was predicted to be last in the 14-team Southeastern Conference. The future is bright.
GP Galloway has spent the last 20 years as Director of Marketing for companies in Charlotte, NC as well as founder of Professional Resource Marketing. Marketing and sales has been a passion of his for years. He now spends his time blogging about one of the great loves of his life, Ole Miss Rebel sports. He is married to the former Rebecca Dail of Chapin, SC and spends time with his dogs Juno, Koko Taylor, and Levon. He enjoys blues music from the Mississippi Delta and has an extensive blues collection.
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