The directors of the Pinstripe Bowl thought they hit a home run when both the Syracuse Orange and West Virginia Mountaineers accepted invitations to play their postseason games at Yankee Stadium. And according to Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, early ticket sales are proving their projections correct.
Matt Wells, West Virginia's assistant athletic director for marketing and sales, said as of Monday the school only had a few hundred of its allotted 5,000 tickets left.
Syracuse, which was given a little more than 10,000 tickets, has nearly sold its allotment, bowl spokesman Jason Latimer confirmed.
According to an e-mail sent by the Syracuse athletic department on Monday, there were less than 100 tickets left in the bleachers ($50 a ticket), while the $95-120 level tickets are already sold out. There were still tickets available at the $65 level.
Entering its third year of existence, the Pinstripe Bowl could break an attendance record.
On Nov. 20, 2010, when the Army Black Knights played the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Yankee Stadium in a regular-season contest, the attendance was 54,251.
The Pinstripe Bowl will be played Saturday, Dec. 29, at 3:15 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.