LSU students who attended at least three home regular season games this year won’t have to pay for Outback Bowl tickets.
The LSU athletics department and the Tiger Athletic Foundation will cover bowl ticket costs for those students if they register for tickets by Sunday, team spokesman Michael Bonnette said Friday. Tickets cost $80 each.
LSU has sold about 100 student tickets as of Friday morning, Bonnette said. Students must go through the normal process of ordering bowl tickets, he said. They can order tickets at lsu.tix.net.
Also, those students are eligible to buy guest tickets at half price.
At several games this season, the LSU student section was half full, most notably in the regular season finale, a win over Arkansas.
“We are rewarding those students that came to three or more LSU home games,” Bonnette said. “This is a reward or a thank you for their support.”
No. 14 LSU (9-3, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) meets Iowa (8-4, 5-3 Big Ten) in the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla.
Many of the school’s allotted 12,000 tickets remain unsold as of Friday morning. Bonnette declined to say how many tickets the school has sold.
The school is pushing tickets hard.
The athletic department is giving away one prize per day for the next 14 days to those fans who buy tickets. Fans are automatically entered when they purchase a ticket through the LSU ticket office.
Fans can order by visiting lsutix.net or calling the ticket office at (800) 960-8587 or (225) 578-2184 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The Tigers have not played in the Outback Bowl in 25 years. The bowl passed on 11-2 and ninth-ranked Missouri and then picked LSU over Texas A&M and Georgia.
LSU last year sold 10,500 of its allotted 16,000 Chick-fil-A Bowl tickets. A Southeastern Conference insurance policy reimbursed LSU for the cost of about 4,000 tickets, but the school still had to pay for $176,300 in unsold tickets.