Rose Bowl on Its Way to Becoming Best-Selling Bowl Game in History; Out-of-State Fans Flock to Orange, Sugar Bowls According to TicketCity.com

AUSTIN, Texas--()--Dec. 19, 2005--The most anticipated college football match-up this decade, the 2006 Rose Bowl featuring the top-ranked Trojans of the University of Southern California versus the second-ranked Texas Longhorns, may well be the hottest ticket in college football history. According to TicketCity.com, an on-line resource for special event tickets and ticketing trends, the average price of $1,200 per ticket is nearly double that of the previous best-selling BCS Championship game, the 2004 Sugar Bowl featuring Louisiana State University and Oklahoma.

Tickets for the Fiesta Bowl featuring Ohio State and Notre Dame are also on a record-setting pace. The second most popular bowl game of the season is likely to become the best-selling non-championship game in BCS history with an average ticket price of more than $400. Tickets for the Sugar and Orange Bowl games cost about $175.

"This has been both an historic and puzzling bowl season," said Randy Cohen, CEO of TicketCity.com. "We knew the Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl games would draw record interest, but what surprised us was the strong support by West Virginia and Penn State fans. More Nittany Lions supporters are buying tickets to the Orange Bowl in Miami than Florida State fans. And the Sugar Bowl, which is being played in Atlanta, is drawing more attention from the Moutaineers than the Georgia Bulldogs who play just 90 minutes away from the Georgia Dome."

The 10 most popular bowls by average ticket price:

1) Rose Bowl (Texas vs. USC)

2) Fiesta Bowl (OSU vs. Notre Dame)

3) Sugar Bowl (West Virginia vs. Georgia)

4) Orange Bowl (Florida State vs. Penn State)

5) Cotton Bowl (Alabama vs. Texas Tech)

6) Outback Bowl (Iowa vs. Florida)

7) Alamo Bowl (Michigan vs. Nebraska)

8) Holiday Bowl (Oklahoma vs. Oregon)

9) Capital One Bowl (Auburn vs. Wisconsin)

10) Independence Bowl (Missouri vs. South Carolina)

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for TicketCity.com, Austin
Julie Dye, 512-241-2232
Julie.Dye@porternovelli.com