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Boone Downplays UM’s Egg Bowl Ticket Return

Yesterday we told you that Ole Miss had returned 2,000 of the 6,000 Egg Bowl tickets it had requested from Mississippi State.  For comparison’s sake, while the Rebels bought about 4,000 tickets to the game in Starkville, State fans bought about 6,000 tickets to last year’s game in Oxford.

That looks to be a pretty clear sign that MSU’s fanbase — coming off a 9-4 season and a New Year’s Day bowl rout of Michigan — is more excited about the future than the Rebel fanbase, which is coming off a 4-8 campaign.

Not so, suggests UM athletic director Pete Boone:


“If we had sent back some (tickets) it’s never been many.  I think the same with them here.  So I don’t know if that’s a signal one way or to the other.”


Okay, but when you couple those returned tickets with the various UM fan groups who’ve formed this offseason to call for major changes in the athletic department, I think it’s probably safe to say Rebel fans aren’t in the best of moods these days.  Whether Boone admits it or not.

 


4 comments
Rowdireptile
Rowdireptile

$75 too much? SMH.... Please take a visit to this years Florida Alabama game, ask a scalper how much the lowest priced ticket is, and then proceed to complain about $75 bucks... I guess a Florida fan can dream of such a day.

Sooper_Rebel
Sooper_Rebel

Again... It's because the tickets for that one game are marked at $75 at an awful place to visit. I can stay home and watch it in HD and save some money!

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

That's a pretty stark reality there, the fact that such a large percentage of Ole Miss fans aren't interested in heading to Starkville. 2,000 may not look like a huge number, but really it is significant. Now I know you have to take into account the fact that both MSU and UM's stadiums are smaller than the big boys in the SEC and you also have to consider that there aren't that many people in the state of Mississippi period. The fan bases of these 2 schools is automatically smaller than most, but also considering that this is THE rivalry for these two schools. And it's not like there are huge travel concerns for people driving 2 or 3 hours at the most across MS from any population center to where the game is being played.

Ole Miss fans are notoriously apathetic when their team isn't any good. Here is another sign.

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