Iowa nears 7,000 mark in Outback ticket sales

Chad Leistikow

With less than three weeks until the Jan. 2 game, the University of Iowa has sold more than 80 percent of its Outback Bowl ticket allotment.

Senior associate athletic director Matt Henderson, who oversees department revenue, said Thursday morning that over 6,900 of the Hawkeyes’ 8,500 tickets have been sold since Dec. 4, when the No. 25 Iowa vs. No. 18 Florida matchup at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium was announced.

“We feel really good about it,” Henderson said. “We’ll continue to sell tickets to fans that are interested.”

Most of the remaining UI-allocated tickets, located on the lower level in the end zone and stadium’s southeast corner, cost $80 apiece and can be ordered by calling 1-800-IA-HAWKS or by logging onto There are some club seats, priced at $170, still available.

Fans who already have purchased seats through UI should be seeing them in the mail soon. Henderson said tickets shipments were to begin Thursday.

Iowa will be playing in its 10th January bowl game under Kirk Ferentz with the Outback Bowl vs. Florida in Tampa, Fla., on Jan. 2.

If Iowa doesn’t sell out of its ticket allotment, the outstanding cost is absorbed by the Big Ten Conference’s bowl-money coffers. UI was provided $2.05 million in travel expenses for the Outback Bowl, with the remaining $1 million or so going to the Big Ten. The league redistributes all leftover bowl money to its 14 member teams.

If Iowa spends less than $2.05 million, it keeps what’s left. On the flip side, it’d be on the hook for added expenses if it goes over that mark.

Henderson thinks a strong contingent of Hawkeye fans in southern Florida has helped boost sales. Also of note: The always-popular Hawkeye Huddle has been scheduled as an outdoor event.

The Huddle will be held Jan. 1 from 4-6 p.m. at Tampa’s Channelside Bay Plaza. That day’s Iowa-Michigan basketball game (time to be determined) will be shown at surrounding establishments.