Dec 14, 2011 4:19 PM by Lauren Wilson
Everyone is gearing up for the New Orleans Bowl this weekend. The University of Louisiana - Lafayette has alone sold out their tickets, nearly 18,000. In total, however, about 42,000 tickets have sold.
Executive Director of the New Orleans Bowl, Billy Ferrante, says the New Orleans bowl staff is expecting more walk-up ticket buyers than ever before.
This bowl ticket sale have already surpassed the previous record sales. The standing record-high for New Orleans Bowl attendance is 30,228, reached in 2009, when Middle Tennessee of the Sun Belt Conference beat Southern Mississippi of Conference USA. Only one other game, Southern Mississippi's 2008 win over Troy of the Sun Belt, has a crowd that went over 30,000.
The Superdome has a capacity of 73,028. "We don't expect to hit anywhere close to that," says Ferrante. The New Orleans Bowl staff has decided to open the terrace-level seating in the dome.
For anyone who hasn't bought their tickets, there's nothing to worry about. Ferrante says there are plenty of seats available, even in the 100 level seating. "Anything at this point that is available, through anyone, will be in the exact same location," Ferrante says. "Everything behind the UL bench is booked, though."
For more information on tickets to the New Orleans Bowl, go to neworleansbowl.org.