Hazards of the biz, I reckon.
n Last Friday, as MU's ticket office closed for the week and I asked for a figure on how many Military Bowl tickets were sold through the school. It's important, because Marshall gets the first $100,000 in those sales and a cut of the rest.
Didn't get a number. Just sayin'.
n Many Herd fans aren't going because the game is played in an open-air stadium in the not-so-tropical climate of Annapolis. I understand.
(The forecast does call for sunny skies with that 42-degree weather, though. Warmer than that game at Rice, until the sun sets at 4:50 p.m.)
But today, I'm pointing the finger at that $77 price tag, $75 at the gate. Unless you get some ducats in your stocking, that has to make some of you say, "Whoa!"
That's at least $20 too high, and I think I'm being kind. As some Herd fans know, a non-chairback seat at Joan C. Edwards Stadium goes for $35. I do consider that a reasonable price, and I am hoping MU officials will hold the line on that for another year or three.
MU's allotment at the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl two years ago featured lower-level seats for $55. But the bowl was selling upper-deck seats for $35, and here's the dirty secret: The upstairs seats on the baseball first-base line had better views in Tropicana Field's football configuration.
Similarly, the Military Bowl features cheaper seats, $50 for the upper level and $20 for standing room. School officials don't want to hear this, but I would consider this route after Christmas shopping hammered my wallet.
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