WVU may have to pay $1 million for unused Fiesta Bowl tickets

Updated: December 28, 2007, 6:00 PM ET
Associated Press

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia University may have to eat $1 million worth of tickets to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

WVU spokesman Matt Wells said fans bought about 8,500 of the 17,500 tickets allotted to the university. Another 1,500 were given to players' families, the marching band and other groups.

While WVU is saving some tickets for last-minute sales, Wells said the university returned about 7,000 tickets to the Fiesta Bowl before Christmas.

If no one purchases the 7,500 remaining tickets, he says the university will have to pay about $1 million for them.

Last year, the university sold about 15,000 tickets to see the Mountaineers play Georgia Tech in the Gator Bowl.

Wells said Florida is within driving distance for most West Virginians, while Arizona is not.

WVU President Mike Garrison said the university is not disappointed with the ticket sales.

"I think a lot of our fans drive to the game and we find that out whenever we play in a place that's not convenient to drive," Garrison said Friday. "But I think there'll be some last-minute arrivals as well."

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press