LINKEDIN 13 COMMENTMORE

The University of Iowa is expecting to sell roughly half of its allotment of football tickets for the Jan. 2 TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla.

Pam Finke, the university's director of athletic ticket operations, said Monday afternoon that the school had sold less than 3,300 of the 8,000 tickets that Iowa was obligated to sell by accepting the bowl bid.

"We're probably end up between 3,500 and 4,000," Finke said. "We're still getting some calls and taking some orders. … It's slowing down."

Tennessee, Iowa's opponent in the game formerly known at the Gator Bowl, sold out its allotment of 8,000 tickets in the middle of last week.

The 6-6 Volunteers are in a bowl game for the first time since 2010, and there is significant fan excitement surrounding coach Butch Jones — who a week ago signed a contract extension through the 2020 season. Iowa, meanwhile, finished the season 7-5 after consecutive home losses to Wisconsin and Nebraska.

Finke said the university plans to start mailing tickets to those who have already placed orders this week. She said fans wanting get seats in the Iowa allotment at EverBank Field can still do so by calling 1-800-IA-HAWKS (1-800-424-2957) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Iowa's allocation includes 2,000 tickets priced at $125 (club-level seating) and 6,000 at $85 a pop. Finke said some club-level seats in the Iowa sections mostly still remain. There is a $20 handling fee per order by going through the UI.

The Tennessee ticket office has been directing its fans to the TaxSlayer.com website or to the secondary market for seats. At Stubhub.com, a block of upper-level, midfield seats were priced at $60.75 as of Monday afternoon.

The Iowa marching band (roughly 500 seats, Finke said) will help Iowa approach the 4,000 mark. If Iowa cannot meet its obligation of 8,000 tickets, it is on the hook for them anyway.

If the unsold number of tickets is in the 4,000 range, that would put Iowa's shortfall in the $350,000 to $400,000 range. The university and Big Ten would split that cost, Finke said. Unsold university-distributed tickets are sometimes given to charities to help fill the stands.

Bowl-ticket demand is sharply down from a year ago among Hawkeye fans. Finke said Iowa sold 10,800 tickets for last year's Outback Bowl.

LINKEDIN 13 COMMENTMORE