By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
Ole Miss athletics director Ross Bjork is hopeful his football team can go from the wilderness to record-setting in one season.
Ticket sales have been brisk for the Rebels’ trip to Birmingham for their Jan. 5 game against the Pittsburgh in the BBVA Compass Bowl.
Mississippi State, competing in a bowl game for the third-straight season and in the Gator Bowl for the second time in three years, reported earlier this week that it had sold all available club level and VIP tickets.
Ole Miss had sold 14,500 tickets as of Thursday.
MSU ticket manager John King estimated the sales for the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl at 9,000.
When the matchups were announced Sunday night, Bjork encouraged Ole Miss fans to buy tickets and help set a BBVA Compass Bowl attendance record.
The current record of 45,254 was set when South Carolina faced UConn on Jan. 2, 2010.
With the upper deck having been removed several years ago, Legion Field’s current capacity is 71,594.
Sideline tickets are $50. The original Ole Miss allotment was 10,000. The school sold more than 12,000 tickets the first two days.
One side sold out
Bowl officials have been busy with ticket sales as well. The BBVA Compass Bowl web site says Legion Field’s east side – the Ole Miss side – is sold out.
Sideline seats are still available on the Pittsburgh side.
Legion Field’s current seating structure does not include end zone seats. That can change if necessary, bowl executive director Mark Meadows said.
End zone corner seating is $30 and remains available in all four corners. On Thursday StubHub tickets were available beginning at $39.
The Gator Bowl, then with Progressive as its title sponsor, drew 68,325 fans for the Bulldogs’ 52-14 win over Michigan following the 2010 season.
Gator Bowl tickets start at $65 through official web sites but were available at StubHub on Thursday for $3.99.
MSU reported ticket sales of 12,748 for the Gator Bowl two years ago.