Sold Out!

Dec. 8, 2003

The 2004 Outback Bowl is sold out with the exception of 1,000 tickets being held by the UI Athletic Ticket Office for sale on Friday to current UI students and approximately 500 tickets left from the original 15,000 secured by the UI Athletic Department for sale to fans of the Hawkeyes.

“It’s gone pretty much as we thought — fast,” said David Sandstrum, the UI’s director of ticket operations. “I’m confident we will be sold out of the 500 or so tickets available to the general public by the end of the day if not much sooner.”

Fans of the Hawkeyes have gobbled up all remaining tickets to the 2004 Outback Bowl in Tampa.

Sandstrum said the 2004 Outback Bowl tickets not purchased by UI students on Friday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena will be made available to the general public. He said it’s difficult to assess how many fans of the Hawkeyes purchased game tickets through sources other than the UI Athletic Department.

“We’ll have to see how much black and gold is in Tampa the week leading up to the game and on game day,” said Sandstrum. “I would suggest it would be no different that last year when upwards of 50,000 fans of the Hawkeyes were in Miami. If that number is accurate that means roughly half of those fans purchased their tickets through us.”

The 2004 Outback Bowl will be played on Thursday, Jan. 1, inside Raymond James Stadium. Kickoff for the game between the Big Ten’s Iowa Hawkeyes and the Southeastern Conference’s Florida Gators is set for shortly after 10 a.m. Iowa time. The game will be televised live by ESPN.