Huskies have sold 4,000 of 11,000 MAACO Bowl tickets
Pac-12, however, will subsidize up to half of the UW's allotment
Seattle Times staff reporter
UW vs. Boise State @ Las Vegas, 12:30 p.m., ESPN
Finding a ticket for the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas won't be hard, if early sales reports are any indication.
Each of the participating schools in the Dec. 22 game — Washington and Boise State — was allocated 11,000 tickets to sell.
UW officials reported Tuesday that the school has "distributed nearly 4,000 tickets." The Idaho Statesman, meanwhile, reported that Boise State had distributed roughly 3,100.
The good news for UW is that according to Pac-12 guidelines, the Pac-12 will subsidize half of a team's ticket allocation. That means that while the school is technically responsible for selling 11,000 tickets, it is not on the hook financially for any unused tickets as long as it sells at least half of its allotment.
Tickets not sold are typically given to charities and youth groups to help fill in the seats at Sam Boyd Stadium, which has an official capacity of 38,000. The game has officially sold out six of the last seven years.
MAACO Bowl executive director Dan Hanneke visited Seattle last weekend and said then he was pleased with the early ticket sales, though he said it was also anticipated that Boise State might not sell as many this year as it has the past two seasons, since Boise State also played in the game in 2010 and 2011.
"We're hoping to get into the 35,000 range, and we'd love to have a sellout," he said.
Washington's financial goal for the MAACO Bowl is to break even, said athletic director Scott Woodward.
While UW officially gets a payout of $1.1 million for the bowl, all bowl revenues are shared with the conference after expenses. UW is allotted $750,000 for expenses for the MAACO Bowl.
The expense budgets for the bowls UW played in the last two seasons — the Holiday Bowl and Alamo Bowl — are each larger (each more than $1 million), so Woodward said the school will have to rein things in just a bit to make ends meet.
"It'll be similar but we won't probably do as much expense-wise as we did at the Alamo or the Holiday," he said. "We may go a little over, but we will try to keep it on budget."
• Husky sophomore tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was named to the third team on The Associated Press All-America Team released Tuesday. Stanford's Zach Ertz and Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert, both seniors, were named to the first and second teams.
• UW also reported Tuesday that it has accepted 41,173 season-ticket deposits for the 2013 season, when it will return to a renovated Husky Stadium after playing in 2012 at CenturyLink Field. That number includes 800 new season-ticket deposits. UW sold 41,193 season tickets in 2012.
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