SAN FRANCISCO — Illinois has sold 1,800 tickets from its allotment of 8,000, ticket manager Jason Heggemeyer said Thursday.
Twice, the school sent mass emails to alumni on the West Coast. Folks from California, Oregon, Washington and nearby states were asked to buy their tickets from the school.
Heggemeyer said he expects there to be more than 1,800 Illinois fans at the game, with the extras buying their seats directly from the bowl.
Tickets unsold by Big Ten schools in bowl games are lumped together and added to the overall expenses accrued by the league.
Bowl executive director Gary Cavalli said the game won't be a sellout. AT&T Park seats 40,000 for football.
There are good seats still available. How do we know? Because an ad on the front sports page of Thursday's San Francisco Chronicle mentioned it. And told fans how to buy tickets.
There was no other coverage of the game in the sports section. But Cavalli was featured in a Q&A on the front of the datebook section.
— Bob Asmussen