Ticket sales are brisk for Capital One

Tommy Deas Executive Sports Editor

TUSCALOOSA | Sold out. That’s the way it went for the University of Alabama’s original allotment of tickets for the Capital One Bowl in Orlando. Alabama sold out the 12,500 tickets it originally received and exceeded that, with more than 16,000 tickets sold through the UA athletic ticket office by late Wednesday afternoon.

“Alabama has a tradition of being an attractive team to bowl games largely because of our excellent fan support,” UA Director of Athletics Mal Moore said. “The response we have received for tickets to the Capital One Bowl is yet another example of the tremendous fan support we receive.”

Michigan State, Alabama’s opponent for the Jan. 1, 2011, bowl at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium, is expected to also sell out its 12,500-ticket allotment.

“Ticket sales have been brisk and we are hoping that they continue on the upward trend,” bowl spokesman Greg Crease said by e-mail. “This is clearly one of the best postseason matchups this year, and we are hoping for a great turnout from both schools.”

Starting today, UA will not be handling any more ticket orders. Tickets can still be purchased through the bowl’s official website,

Bowl tickets ordered through UA will be shipped via UPS two-day delivery on Friday, Dec. 17.

UA began taking bowl ticket orders during the regular season, with priority given to Tide Pride season-ticket customers who ordered before the middle of November. UA originally planned to take ticket orders only through Tuesday night, but extended its deadline into Wednesday to handle the extra demand.

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