SHREVEPORT, La. -- Brant Goyne, chairman of the Poulan/Weed Eater Independence Bowl, said last night that the University of Maryland sold about 4,000 of the allotted 15,000 tickets before game time, a figure athletic director Andy Geiger said probably would keep the team from losing a substantial amount of money on the game.
Geiger said that ticket manager Jack Zane still was selling tickets last night, and Maryland had a number of tickets ordered after the team left for Shreveport on Wednesday afternoon.
"I'm fairly happy with what we sold," said Geiger, whose athletic department gave away nearly 6,000 to a local Boy Scouts group. "Right now, it could be plus or minus either way, but not a lot one way or another. I'll know more either Monday or Tuesday."
The payout for the game is $600,000 for each team but did not include expenses, which Geiger said amount to nearly $125,000. Maryland has to pay about $100,000 off the top to the Atlantic Coast Conference. The athletic department had to purchase the 15,000 tickets at $25 each.
Louisiana Tech officials reportedly sold 12,500 of its 15,000 tickets, and Goyne said the Shreveport community purchased 20,000. Independence Stadium has a capacity of 50,045.
Goyne said that, including giveaways by both schools, the Independence Bowl was sold out for the first time in its 15-year history.