Dec. 12, 2003
So, you’ve finally decided that you’re heading to Tampa for the 2004 Outback Bowl and now need a ticket?
Don’t panic! A limited number remain and are available for purchase via the online athletic ticket office inside hawkeyesports.com, the official world wide web site of the 2004 Outback Bowl-bound Iowa Hawkeyes.
The tickets are all that’s left of Iowa’s allotment of 15,000. UI students, headed by some who had gathered at the Athletic Ticket Office inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena at 8 p.m. Thursday for Friday’s 9 a.m. sale, gobbled up close approximately 1,000 tickets.
UI Athletic Department officials estimate up to 25,000 fans of the Hawkeyes are likely to be inside Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium at kickoff on Jan. 1.
The 2004 Outback Bowl Hawkeye Huddle will be staged Dec. 30 at the Tampa Convention Center. The UI Athletic Department is also planning a welcome event Dec. 29 at Stumps Supper Club inside ChannelSide in Tampa. That event will include an appearance by Herky, the Iowa cheerleaders, and a live radio remote by the Hawkeye Radio Network and the voice of the Hawkeyes, Gary Dolphin.
“Hawk fans are creative souls,” said UI Associate Athletic Director Mark Jennings. “Many took a chance and bought early, others were the first on the telephone to TicketMaster when the announcement was made, and others had other sources.”
Jennings said a good indication of the total number of University of Iowa fans in Tampa will be the amount of black and gold in places like YBor City and ChannelSide in Tampa. “I suspect those businesses haven’t seen or experienced what they’re going to see and experience,” said Jennings.
“A very good indication of the real number of fans of the Hawkeyes in central Florida will the attendance at the Hawkeye Huddle. Double that number and you probably have what will likely be in the stadium on game day,” said Jennings.
The Hawkeye Huddle is the name given to the University’s traditional pep rally. It will be staged the evening of Dec. 30 at the Tampa Convention Center. UI officials and the staff at the Convention Center are gearing up for a crowd between 8-10,000…but it’s possible there will be more.
“There are hundreds if not thousands of fans of the Hawkeyes who either live or vacation in Florida. Many will come just for the Huddle alone,” said Jennings.