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Pinstripe Bowl: Syracuse, West Virginia ticket sales doing well

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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.

In 2010, a recorded 38,274 were in attendance for Syracuse's 36-34 victory over the Kansas St. Wildcats. Last season, 38,328 watched the Rutgers Scarlet Knights defeat the Iowa St. Cyclones, 27-13.

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.