SALT LAKE CITY — The tickets available for BYU and Utah’s first-ever bowl game match-up sold out quickly, with some Utah fans expressing frustration over BYU securing a larger allotment of tickets for their fans, and the U of U says demand for tickets has exceeded their allotment, forcing them to choose which fans get seats at the game.
With tickets scarce for Utah fans, a letter from University of Utah Athletics Director Chris Hill indicates the tickets secured by U of U for Crimson Club Athletic Fund Members are being allocated based on members’ “giving level.”
A letter obtained by FOX 13 News addressed to Crimson Club Athletic Fund Members shows the rejection letter sent out to fans who did not get tickets. Liz Abel, U of U Athletics Department, confirmed to FOX 13 News the letter was from the athletics department at U of U.
The letter states in part, “Demand has exceeded supply and our allotment of 7,500 tickets has sold out. In these situations, we use Crimson Club Athletic Fund giving level as our means to determine what requests we are able to fill. We understand that this has caused hardship to our fans who want to attend the game and we have tried to help as many donors as possible.”
The full text of the letter can be viewed in the image at the bottom of this post.
BYU announced first they would be playing the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, and the school secured 11,000 tickets for their fans. Another 5,000 or so tickets available to the general public quickly sold out Saturday after it was announced Utah would be the Cougars’ opponents December 19.