Updated:
Original:

Slow ticket sales to Gopher bowl game

Author:

No waiting and no lines to land a ticket to the Golden Gophers appearance against Texas Tech in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston, Tex. The Star Tribune reports that, as of Wednesday, Minnesota had sold about 2,000 tickets to the Dec. 28th contest.

University athletic department spokesman Garry Bowman told the paper he's "relatively happy" with that number. He added that he expects the number to climb in the coming weeks. The last time the Gophers made a bowl appearance, in the Insight Bowl in Tempe, Ariz. in 2009, the University moved just over 1,000 tickets.

One charter flight to Houston has sold out, and another one is expected to be booked. Gopher fans can take advantage of a package deal that includes airfare, rooms at the team hotel, ground transportation, tickets to the game and a pregame tailgate party for $1000 per person.

To secure an invitation to the game, the Gophers had to commit to buying 12,000 tickets The Big Ten will keep the University from taking on a large financial loss by subsidizing the team's commitment. In the past three years, more than 68,000 tickets were sold to the Meineke Car Care game. Ticket sales have gotten a boost because a Texas university has been invited to play in the contest at the Houston Texans' Reliant Stadium in five of the seven years of the bowl's history.

Next Up

moose minnesota usfws - flickr

MN homeowner mistakes large tent for dead moose

They spotted two people on a security camera dragging the "moose" across a driveway.

Flickr - minneapolis police officer close-up belt camera - Tony Webster

What happens if Mpls. public safety question passes? City memo provides answers

The memo was sent to the mayor and council members Tuesday morning.

Wild

COVID-19 hits Minnesota Wild coaching staff

The Wild will be shorthanded for Tuesday night's game in Vancouver.

Anthony Edwards

Ant takes alpha role after bad loss: 'We need to lock the f*** in'

The Timberwolves' rising star was not happy after Monday's loss to the Pelicans.

parker eisinger

Lakeville football player diagnosed with cancer week before playoffs

The tenth-grader was diagnosed with a form of cancer most commonly found in people aged 65 and older.

University of Minnesota peeping tom suspect

Someone keeps trying to film showering women at U of M

The university has received three reports in the past two weeks.

john Fluevog shoes 1

John Fluevog Shoes closes its Uptown Minneapolis store

The brand could return to the Twin Cities one day.

sidecar drink

Sidecar — Town Hall's new cocktail lounge — is officially open in Minneapolis

It's the fifth Town Hall location, but the first to focus on cocktails.

Screen Shot 2019-07-18 at 9.10.30 AM

Here's where DFLers stand on Minneapolis' public safety ballot question

The question would create a Department of Public Safety and remove some requirements.

Arthur Kollie

Man pleads guilty to brutal murder of 14-year-old girl in Fargo

The 14-year-old girl was the victim of a random attack outside a Fargo strip mall.

Minneapolis Mayoral Candidates 2021 - jacob frey sheila nezhad kate knuth

Here's who has endorsed the frontrunners for Minneapolis mayor

Politicians and community groups are voicing their opinions.

Related

Sports MN Quiz: How many bowl games did the Gophers play under Glen Mason?

History might actually be pretty kind to former Gophers football coach Glen Mason, who was replaced by Tim Brewster in 2007. His overall record at Minnesota was 64-57, but how many bowl games were there under his tenure? For the answer, click on the headline above.