A few entries back, I wondered if the way Notre Dame ended the season would dampen enthusiasm --- and ticket sales --- for the Hawaii Bowl. Here is at least a partial answer to that question from the Honolulu Advertiser:
Ticket sales wide-ranging and brisk for Hawai'i Bowl
By Ferd Lewis
Advertiser Staff Writer
The University of Notre Dame's reach as a "national" school with a far-flung fan base has been driven home in early ticket sales, according to the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl.
David A.K. Matlin, the game's executive director, said ticket purchases have been made from nearly 40 of the 50 states and several Canadian provinces in the first three days since the Dec. 24 matchup with the University of Hawai'i was announced Sunday.
"That is just phenomenal," Matlin said, following a data-based check of zip codes from where tickets had been ordered by phone or internet.
As of mid-day yesterday, Matlin said approximately 32,000 tickets had been issued for the game, this despite a brief weather-related outage yesterday.
Approximately 12,000 tickets, including 5,000 in the first 24 hours, have been sold since Sunday.
"It is a very good pace," Matlin said. "For anybody who is thinking of attending the game, I'd buy now."
Ticket prices range from $10 to $45.
The largest crowd among the first six Hawai'i Bowls was 40,623 for the 2006 game that pitted UH against Arizona State