College Football

Iowa has 'just over 1,000' tickets sold for Pinstripe Bowl

University has used around 2,000 of 7,500 tickets allotted with player guest tickets included

The trophy for the Pinstrip Bowl is on display prior to the Hawkeye men’s basketball game against the Southern University Jaguars at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City on Sunday, December 10, 2017. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
The trophy for the Pinstrip Bowl is on display prior to the Hawkeye men’s basketball game against the Southern University Jaguars at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City on Sunday, December 10, 2017. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa has sold roughly 13 percent of its ticket allotment for the Pinstripe Bowl through midday Sunday, senior associate athletic director Matt Henderson said Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Iowa football team heads to the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 27 to face Boston College, and the university was allotted 7,500 tickets for its fans and player guests.

Henderson said the process of the bowl’s announcement had an effect on the reception and timing of sales.

“Of the 7,500 we’ve allocated, we’re using — right now — we’re over 2,000 for the bowl game,” Henderson said. “If you take everything, it’s just over 1,000 (tickets sold). The 2,000 includes player guests and those tickets.

“This one’s been different from other bowl games. Fans normally, the announcement’s made on Sunday, by Tuesday they’ve made their decision. In all honesty, it’s still selling. We’re confident it will continue to grow.”

Henderson added that “a lot of our fans from the east coast have purchased through the bowl game,” and that Iowa fans “clearly … when it was leading up to it, they were excited with the potential for the Music City (Bowl). Now they’re researching and stuff, and we’re still getting people today who are looking for their options to get out there.”

Pinstripe Bowl representative Jon Mosley also was in attendance at the Iowa men’s basketball game Sunday against Southern, and addressed media as well.

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Mosley didn’t have an update on ticket sales from the Bowl’s perspective, instead referring the question to Iowa.

“I think Iowa needs to answer that question,” Mosley said. “We haven’t heard anything official as of yet. It’s been five days. I think we’re ready for some updates soon. As soon as you know, we’ll know.”

Henderson said there’s no specific target in terms of tickets sold at this point, but that he’s heard from groups as recently as Sunday morning — he mentioned a group of 20 specifically — that decided to buy tickets.

“Our goal is to sell our allotment,” Henderson said. “Realistically, is that going to happen? Probably not. We’re doing everything to continue to push ticket sales. It’s not a reflection of our fans not being excited about this team. It’s a reflection of the environment, where they had maybe hoped to go and now they’re resetting their sights and deciding if they can make this one work or not.”

The Hawkeyes and Eagles kick off at 4:15 p.m. on Dec. 27 at Yankee Stadium.

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