UA SBC Cotton Bowl Ticket Allotment Limited to
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Due to an overwhelming number of ticket requests made to the UA ticket office for the 2002 SBC Cotton Bowl and the limited allotment provided to the Razorbacks for the game, fans should note that only orders placed by UA football season ticket holders will be filled.
Fans not receiving tickets will be issued a refund or a credit will be applied to their transaction. Due to the volume of requests, the UA ticket office will be unable to personally contact non-season ticket holders regarding the cancellation of their ticket order.
UA officials are optimistic that Razorback football season ticket holders will be accommodated. Current season ticket holders will be contacted by phone by Tuesday in the event that their orders will not be filled. Tickets will be mailed immediately and should arrive next week.
“We regret that we won’t be able to get more of our fans tickets for the Cotton Bowl.” UA Athletic Director Frank Broyles said. “A few years ago we were able to get close to 25,000 tickets. This year only 17,000 were available. We were optimistic that we could get more, but they just weren’t available.”
Arkansas received an initial allotment of 12,500 tickets before obtaining an additional block to raise the total number of tickets available to around 17,000. The University of Oklahoma received approximately the same allotment.
In 2000, Arkansas was able to obtain around 25,000 tickets for the Cotton Bowl by buying additional tickets from the University of Texas and the Cotton Bowl. This year those options weren’t available as both the University of Oklahoma and the Cotton Bowl sold out of their tickets.
The college football season and bowl announcements were delayed a week due to the attacks of Sept. 11 requiring that the bowl ticket ordering process be expedited. In an effort to accommodate a large number of orders in a limited time frame, the UA ticket office accepted phone and fax orders, exclusively. The ticket order form customarily sent to season ticket holders by mail would not have allowed enough time for processing.
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