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

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."