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Post I-Bowl tickets popular everywhere but Athens

Tuesday December 15, 2009

Independence Bowl tickets are selling well, according to the Shreveport Times, with one exception. Local tickets have sold out for the 49,180-seat stadium. Texas A&M has nearly distributed all of its 12,000 tickets. What’s keeping the game from selling out?

The University of Georgia has sold approximately half of its 12,000 tickets. Georgia went into the weekend with 5,500 tickets sold.

I’m not going to berate Georgia fans because I’m one of the bad fans who’s not going to make the trip. I understand that Shreveport is much closer to College Station, Dallas, and all of east Texas than it is to Georgia. Not feeling it for this postseason isn’t an indictment of Georgia fans – bowl organizers will need only look at our showing in Tempe, Stillwater, and Boulder to know that Georgia fans will travel in force for a quality game. To be honest, that 5,500 is a pretty big increase. I’ve heard that I-Bowl preorders numbered in the hundreds before Georgia was officially announced less than two weeks ago.

Will Georgia sell out its allotment? It’s possible, but I’m not going to hold my breath. Point the finger at the fans if you like, but that’s not going to fix the disappointing season or the failure of the athletic administration to position the team for a better bowl. I hope the Dawgs end up being as well-supported in Shreveport as they were in 1991. I also hope that disinterest in this game stops with the fan base and at the gates to the practice field.

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