South Carolina’s ticket office is having one of its most successful bowl seasons in recent years.
The Gamecocks have distributed about 8,500 of the allotted 12,500 tickets for their Capital One Bowl game New Year’s Day against Wisconsin, assistant athletics director Lance Grantham told The Post and Courier on Friday. The school sold about 3,300 tickets this week, Grantham said.
The number of distributed tickets includes those kept for “house use,” as Grantham put it. Approximately 7,000 tickets have been sold overall, he said.
South Carolina is about 1,000 tickets ahead of the pace set in 2012, the last time it played in the Capital One Bowl.
“I expect to do better than the last time,” Grantham said. “I don’t think it was bad last time. We didn’t sell the entire allotment, but we’re ahead of that pace that we had two years ago.”
Grantham attributed the rapid ticket sales to multiple factors.
With the game being played on a Wednesday, fans will have the weekend to enjoy numerous attractions in Orlando before returning to work or school. Also, fans know it’s their final chance to watch defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and quarterback Connor Shaw in a South Carolina uniform.
Early in the bowl season, Grantham said there are still seats available through the school in the lower-level corner and middle of the upper level.
“Overall, we’re very pleased. We’re tracking very well,” Grantham said. “Selling 3,000 this week is huge. If we can sell another couple thousand next week, we’ll be sitting really pretty going into the bowl week. They’ve been very supportive so far. Personally, they’re the best bowl numbers we’ve had probably in three or four years.”