ALAMO BOWL SELLS OUT IN RECORD TIME; TICKETS AVAILABLE THROUGH TICKETMASTER’S TICKETEXCHANGE
The 2006 Alamo Bowl featuring the Texas Longhorns and the Iowa Hawkeyes will feature a standing room only crowd in excess of the Alamodome’s 65,000 capacity on December 30 at 3:30 p.m. CST. ?This year?s Alamo Bowl match-up between Texas and Iowa has resulted in the highest demand for tickets in our 14-year history,? said Bob Cohen, 2006 Alamo Bowl Chairman. ?Our thanks go to these two universities and their tremendous fan bases. We?re looking forward to welcoming these loyal fans to Riverwalk later this month to enjoy our world-renowned San Antonio hospitality.? Fans who are looking to buy or resell tickets to the game are encouraged to use Ticketmaster’s TicketExchange through their website which can be accessed by http://www.ticketmaster.com/exchange/0C003CA96F6E20AE?CAMEFROM=TM_NOTIX_ALAMOBOWL [clicking here]. College football fans purchasing tickets through Ticketmaster and through TicketExchange have the option to receive their tickets via Ticketmaster’s online delivery service, TicketFast. This is the Alamo Bowl?s third sellout in the last five years and the fifth in the 14-year history of the game. The 2006 Alamo Bowl is also the quickest sellout in the game?s history surpassing the December 11 sellout of the 1999 SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl between Penn State and Texas A&M. With the addition of temporary seating and standing room only sales, the 1999 game reached a final attendance of 65,380 in the 65,000-seat Alamodome ranking it as the most attended game in the Alamo Bowl history. The all-time record crowd for a sporting event in the Alamodome is the New Orleans Saints vs. the Atlanta Falcons NFL regular season game on October 16, 2005 with an announced attendance of 65,562. ?Last year, Alamo Bowl attendees were treated to a down-to-the-wire thriller between two of the nation?s most storied programs in Michigan and Nebraska that ended the evening as the most-watched college football game in ESPN history,? said Derrick Fox, Alamo Bowl President/CEO. ?This year, fans will get see two more of the nation?s top football programs in Texas and Iowa while being a part of one of the most-attended events in San Antonio sports history.? All Alamodome parking passes to this event have also been sold. Fans without passes are encouraged to use VIA Park-n-Ride. The roundtrip service will be offered for $5 from Crossroads Mall, Randolph Boulevard Park and Ride, South San Stadium and Blossom Athletic Center. Service to the Alamodome will begin at 12:30 p.m. and return service will run for 45 minutes after the conclusion of the game. Fans driving themselves to downtown are advised to arrive early and utilize the parking garages and surface lots in downtown San Antonio located northwest of the Alamodome. This year?s game will be the 14th installment of the Alamo Bowl and again be televised internationally on ESPN in HD and heard nationally on ESPN Radio and in San Antonio on 1200 WOAI. Since 1995, the game has matched the Big Ten and the Big 12 Conferences. This combination has produced seven of the Top 20 most-watched games in ESPN bowl history and an average television rating of 4.5 highlighted by last year?s 5.4 rating which is the most-watched college bowl game in ESPN history. ?It is ironic that this historic sellout comes at a time when we have not yet concluded our title sponsorship process,? said Cohen. ?We are hopeful this exclamation point on an already great performance history is convincing to the prospects we are currently talking to as well as helpful in starting dialog with new businesses interested in participating with us at any level. Bowl games are judged by the quality of schools participating in the game along with their television ratings and attendance and we deliver on all fronts with the marquee teams we receive from the Big Ten and Big 12 conferences, our top ESPN ratings and the capacity crowds coming to San Antonio.? An estimated 31,000 fans from outside of San Antonio will attend this year?s Alamo Bowl resulting in a direct economic impact of $15 million. Since its inception through this year?s game, the Alamo Bowl will have hosted 881,000 spectators at 14 bowl games and two Big 12 Football Championships. With half of these fans from out-of-town the games have resulted in a $215 million direct economic impact on San Antonio. The games have resulted in another $18 million in measurable media exposure from the 95 million viewers of the national television broadcasts. Top 10 Alamo Bowl Football Attendances 1. 65,380 SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl, Dec. 28, 1999 (Penn State vs. Texas A&M) 2. 65,265 MasterCard Alamo Bowl, Dec. 29, 2004 (Ohio State vs. Oklahoma State) 3. 65,232 SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl, Dec. 29, 2001 (Texas Tech vs. Iowa) 4. 65,000 (as of 12/9), Alamo Bowl, Dec. 30, 2006 (Texas vs. Iowa) 5. 64,597 Builders Square Alamo Bowl, Dec. 28, 1995 (Michigan vs. Texas A&M) 6. 62,016 MasterCard Alamo Bowl, Dec. 28, 2005 (Michigan vs. Nebraska) 7. 60,780 Builders Square Alamo Bowl, Dec. 29, 1998 (Kansas State vs. Purdue) 8. 60,028 SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl, Dec. 30, 2000 (Nebraska vs. Northwestern) 9. 56,229 MasterCard Alamo Bowl, Dec. 29, 2003 (Nebraska vs. Michigan State) 10. 55,677 Builders Square Alamo Bowl, Dec. 29, 1996 (Texas Tech vs. Iowa) Top 10 All-Time Alamodome Sports Crowds* 1. 65,562 New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons, Oct. 16, 2005 2. 65,380 SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl, Dec. 28, 1999 (Penn State vs. Texas A&M) 3. 65,265 MasterCard Alamo Bowl, Dec. 29, 2004 (Ohio State vs. Oklahoma State) 4. 65,232 SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl, Dec. 29, 2001 (Texas Tech vs. Iowa) 5. 65,035 Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship, Dec. 4, 1999 (Nebraska vs. Texas) 6. 65,000 (as of 12/9), Alamo Bowl, Dec. 30, 2006 (Texas vs. Iowa) 7. 64,824 Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship, Dec. 6, 1997 (Nebraska vs. Texas A&M) 8. 64,597 Builders Square Alamo Bowl, Dec. 28, 1995 (Michigan vs. Texas A&M) 9. 64,583 AT&T Corps Classic, Sept. 16, 2006 (Texas A&M vs. Army) 10. 63,747 New Orleans Saints vs. Detroit Lions, Dec. 24, 2005 *The South Texas Billy Graham Crusade, a free event on April 6, 1997, has the highest announced crowd in Alamodome history with 66,835.