Kansas State University

Alamo Bowl notes: Good attendance expected for Kansas State vs. UCLA, but no sellout

Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, left, speaks as UCLA coach Jim Mora looks on during a Dec. 11 news conference.
Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, left, speaks as UCLA coach Jim Mora looks on during a Dec. 11 news conference. AP

The Alamo Bowl is traditionally one of college football’s top attended postseason games, and another big crowd is expected this week.

Rick Hill, Alamo Bowl vice president of marketing, said Monday that attendance should be on par with past years. At least 44,000 fans have attended every Alamo Bowl, with more than 55,000 attending the last 11 games.

Predicting turnstile attendance for Friday’s game is difficult at this point, but Hill is confident of two things. Kansas State and UCLA will be well represented, and the game will not be a sellout.

“Right now ticket sales are good,” Hill said. “But we are expecting tickets to be available all week.”

K-State athletic director John Currie said last week that the Wildcats have sold approximately 10,000 tickets of their 12,000-seat allotment, but he is expecting as many as 25,000 K-State fans, many buying tickets directly from the Alamo Bowl or on the secondary market, to attend the game.

Hill said neither K-State nor UCLA has returned tickets to the bowl. Neither has requested additional tickets.

The Alamo Bowl has sold out its past three games, with all three involving teams from the Lone Star State. Its selling point this year: its first game between top-15 teams.

Tickets remain on sale at K-State’s athletic website for $120 in the lower levels of the Alamodome and $75 in the upper levels. They can also be purchased in several sections directly from the Alamo Bowl for as low as $25. As of Monday afternoon, tickets were available on StubHub for as low as $11.

San Antonio fun – K-State spent Monday practicing at Alamo Heights High School and then was scheduled to use its down time to visit SeaWorld with family members.

Both teams are scheduled to return to SeaWorld on Tuesday with bowl officials for photo opportunities with beluga whales and a Pacific walrus.

Other K-State activities this week include an Alamo Bowl pep rally, a Wildcats-specific pep rally and a private dinner for both teams.

Bowl payout – The Alamo Bowl payout for both UCLA and K-State is $3.825 million, but don’t expect the Wildcats to pocket any of that cash directly.

“The bowl payouts go to the conference and we divide it by 10,” Currie said last week. “There’s an expense reimbursement to each school of $1 million and then we get one-way mileage at $300 per mile so that’s about $1.3 million for our reimbursement from the bowl specifically, then the bowl payout is shared among all the conference.”

Bowl gifts – Players from both teams received the following gifts from the Alamo Bowl. Prices listed are from the dealers’ websites:

▪ A GoPro Hero4 Silver camera with a 32MB memory card ($399).

▪ Fossil watch ($95-$795).

▪ Oakley Works backpack ($55-$100).

▪ Schutt mini-helmet ($25-$30).

▪ Panoramic photo of San Antonio.

Several players were already using their cameras Sunday as they arrived at their hotel.

Travis Green transferring – Injured junior K-State defensive back Travis Green wrote on Twitter that he will transfer and play his final college season elsewhere. Green started three games at free safety this season, making 18 tackles and two interceptions. He suffered a season-ending knee injury against Texas Tech and missed K-State’s final seven games.

Reach Kellis Robinett at krobinett@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @kellisrobinett.