According to The Daily Campus, an independent newspaper of the University of Connecticut, the school spent nearly $4.3 million on the Fiesta Bowl and only took in a little over $2.5 million from the Big East for playing in the game.The huge difference was due in large part to UConn’s inability to sell its allotted 17,500 tickets to the game. The Daily Campus reports that the school only sold 2,771 tickets and was forced to eat the value of the remaining 14,729 tickets at a cost of nearly $3 million.
The biggest problem for UConn’s ticket sales is that the travel expenses for most of the school’s fans on the east coast to get to Arizona can be exorbitant.
The money UConn was forced to spend on its own tickets exceeded the Big East revenue on its own, and that doesn’t include the team’s travel, lodging, and food expenses, among others.
UConn lost the game to Oklahoma, 48-20.
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