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The Fiesta Bowl cost UConn $1.8 million

Posted on: March 2, 2011 3:15 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's a good thing that UConn and booster Robert Burton were able to hug things out, because the last thing the school needs right now is to have to refund a $3 million donation. You see, according to a story in the school's newspaper, The Daily Campus, the Huskies trip to the Fiesta Bowl was pretty costly. Not only did it cost them a head coach, as Randy Edsall used the rise in profile to capture his "dream job" at Maryland, but it turns out that the trip to Arizona cost the school $1.8 million.

And that's including the money the school got from the BCS.
The UConn athletic department lost nearly $1.8 million at the 2011 Fiesta Bowl, according to bowl documents obtained by The Daily Campus.
The university incurred total expenses of $4,280,998 at the Fiesta Bowl while only receiving a payout of $2,523,200 from the Big East.
By far the largest expense the university incurred came from absorbed ticket sales. The university sold only 2,771 out of an allotment of 17,500 tickets, resulting in the university absorbing 14,729 tickets worth $2,924,385.
The official figure of 2,771 tickets sold is substantially lower than the previously reported amount of 4,600 tickets sold.
The school has not commented on the amount it spent for the game, though the paper did get its hands on a survey the Fiesta Bowl gave to the school. UConn responded to questions about ticket prices and ticket commitments with a "neutral" to both. Though UConn did leave this in the comments section.

"We recognize the total ticket commitment associated with this BCS bowl game, but selling 17,500 tickets is a challenge for a school from the east whose fans incur significant travel expenses."

Seeing as how the school was stuck with 14,729 tickets, that does seem to be quite the challenge.

Here's a breakdown on what the school spent for its trip to Glendale.
  • Travel - $685,195
  • Food and lodging - $460,941
  • Entertainment, promotion, etc - $210,477
Those three things alone total $1,356,613.

But the current bowl system works both for the students, and for the schools. Don't forget that, kids.

Since: Dec 11, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2011 2:05 pm

The Fiesta Bowl cost UConn $1.8 million

Thats because the SEC will take anybody and we both know anybody. And now its being made clear they {the staffs} pay palyers I hope you are better. I dont know who is worse the players or coaches. Pay a player with a shady past and u wonder why he acts the way he does during his 4 years. They are all crooks.

Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: March 15, 2011 4:31 pm

The Fiesta Bowl cost UConn $1.8 million

It's UCONN's own fault. First off this whole article is wrong. IF the really spent $685,000 on travel, $460,000 on food and lodging for a week, and $210,000 on entertainment and promotion for a week, then that is 100% their own fault, completely on them.

Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2011 4:46 pm

The Fiesta Bowl cost UConn $1.8 million

University  of Conn... Should   have  never   been  in  that  game.  With a  8-5  record  your school  should  have  NEVER  accepted a invitation. U Conn were  in way  over the schools head.  And  the  football teams  abilities ...

Since: Mar 4, 2011
Posted on: March 4, 2011 12:51 am

The Fiesta Bowl cost UConn $1.8 million

That doesn't take away from his comment though. considering the SEC has won the last five national championships and the big has not won one since 2001 in a year Miami (no longer a BE member) won it. I'd say SEC has quite the edge over the Big East lately. Dont be ignorant of recent history that you have seen with your own eyes

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2011 8:42 pm

The Fiesta Bowl cost UConn $1.8 million

  Somebody needs to remind this LSUtigers66 clown that the SEC is 15-20 vs Big East teams in the BCS era and 7-14-1(.313) all time vs current BE schools in bowl games.

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2011 3:48 pm

The Fiesta Bowl cost UConn $1.8 million

UConn took far more fans that 2700. They just bought them at a huge discount on StubHub, etc. I went to the Orange Bowl a few years ago when Louisville played. The tickets that I was able to obtain from the school were not that good and overpriced. So I went to StubHub and bought 50-yard seats for less than the school's tickets cost.

This is more of an example of Bowl greed and how bad this system is. It also demonstrates that the BCS is really not that big a deal. If this were a playoff, the tickets would fly off the shelf.

So this is really not a comment on the Big East - Louisville had a huge  contingent at the Orange Bowl - as much as it is about the Fiesta Bowl, which forced title game ticket holders to buy Fiesta Bowl seats. So many people put their Fiesta seats on the market, thus offering UConn fans a much cheaper option than the school could offer.

Bring on the playoff! And fast.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2011 1:28 pm

The Fiesta Bowl cost UConn $1.8 million

UConn making a BCS game over Michigan St and Boise is a perfect example of how horrible this system is.

Yeah... Michigan State sure proved it deserved a BCS bid with that gem against Alabama.  Good call.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2011 12:55 pm

The Fiesta Bowl cost UConn $1.8 million

LSUtigers66, I may be a Buckeye first and foremost, but as a WVU fan I enjoy watching the Big East.  And I think I am in my right mind (at least that is what all the voices in my head say).  Those same voices also tell me there is lots more to college football than just the SEC.  Maybe I'm just channeling the rest of America.

You can bash at the Big East all you want, but you are ignoring the real problem here.  That would be the pathetic job U-Conn's fanbase and alumni did when it comes to supporting their school.  Had WVU or Pitt or most any other Big East school been representing the conference, those tickets would have been sold.  Yes, the Big East gets a black eye, but it is U-Conn that gets the blame for an epic Fail. 

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2011 8:28 am

The Fiesta Bowl cost UConn $1.8 million

I have no idea why everyone is so surprised about the ticket sales no one watches big east football theres a reason for that, big east football stinks. No one in there right mind can set down on a saturday a tell me they enjoy watching glorified high school football at best, TCU is going to dominate  the big east for years. it was a step down for tcu to move over to the big east. and you wonder about ticket sales you got to be kidding me. bcs big east don't belong

Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2011 12:08 am

The Fiesta Bowl cost UConn $1.8 million

Wow guys just think about how touch tough the Big East is going to be for TCU to win it every year if a team that should have not been on the same field as the Big 12 champ won it.  TCU is really playing with the big boys of Louisville  and South Florida now guys everyone will be wishing they were still in the MWC soon.  When they schedule cupcakes win the conference and head to the NC or a BCS game every year.

UConn making a BCS game over Michigan St and Boise is a perfect example of how horrible this system is.

And here is a statistic that speaks for itself. No Big East team including TCU had more than four 4 star recruits. And only one team had a class in the top 30 depending on what site you use.  You guys better pray that TCU does not become a bust and that C-Usa doesn't keep challenging you guys while your conference president has yet to grab UCF. I would seriously lol if they added Troy and Middle Ten to make a 14 team conference with 5-6 decent teams.

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