If you’re somebody like, say, Jim Delany who’s looking for a rebuttal to the economic fairness argument being lobbed in the direction of the BCS, it’s hard to do better than to glom on to this story.
WWL-TV reports the SEC school’s fans purchased 37,000 tickets to LSU’s opening game against Oregon in Cowboys Stadium in Dallas on Sept. 3.
The 37,000 tickets distributed for the game to Tiger fans through the LSU ticket office is the most ever for a regular season away game for the school, surpassing the 31,000 sold for the Tulane game in New Orleans in 2007 and 25,000 for the 2010 season opener against North Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Classic in Atlanta. As a result of the 37,000 tickets being sold to season ticket holders, tickets for the Cowboys Classic game against Oregon will not go on sale to the general public through LSU, Broussard said. Broussard added that ticket requests from LSU season ticket holders for the Oregon game had already surpassed the school’s allotted amount of 37,000.
Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas is 460 miles away from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It will take Tigers fans 7 hours and 34 minutes to make the road trip to see the LSU vs. Oregon game.
As Ben Maller points out, that road trip total would make a decent showing for a bunch of the usual suspects’ home attendance numbers.
… Keep in mind during the 2010 college football season these teams finished in the bottom ten in attendance. They would need several home games to sell 37,000 tickets.
- Ball State 8,947
- Akron 10,185
- Idaho 12,730
- Buffalo 12,981
- Bowling Green 13,306
- Florida Atlantic 14,025
- Western Michigan 14,225
- San Jose State 14,474
- Western Kentucky 14,577
- Miami (Ohio) 15,519
And these schools deserve to share in more of D-1′s football bounty because why, exactly?