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Boise State must sell $1.94 million in Fiesta Bowl tickets to get full payout

Boise State must sell $1.94 million worth of tickets to realize its full payout from the Fiesta Bowl.

The No. 20 Broncos were placed in the Fiesta bowl on Sunday opposite the No. 10 Arizona Wildcats of the Pac-12. More on that here.

Each team receives 12,500 tickets to sell as part of its payout. Boise State’s tickets are valued at $1,939,468.

The inventory includes 11,162 tickets in sections 101-108 (lower level) and 403-412 (upper level). Those sell for $162, including fees. The school also received 500 student tickets that sell for $57 including fees and 838 club seats ($270 or $315, depending on category).

The exact amount of Boise State’s payout remains in question. There are two ways to interpret the contract between the school and Mountain West, and Boise State President Bob Kustra is trying to get clarification (read the contract here):

— The College Football Playoff says it pays $4 million for an appearance and $2 million for expenses. Boise State’s contract says the school would receive 54.167 percent of the appearance fee and all of the expense money — for a total of $4.17 million.

— The Mountain West says the Group of Five conferences are taking a $6 million lump sum from the CFP, not a $4 million/$2 million split. By that interpretation, Boise State would receive $3.25 million. That’s a $920,000 difference.

At $3.25 million, Boise State would receive $1.94 million in tickets and $1.31 million in cash. Expenses likely will top $1.5 million. That leaves a potential profit of $1.5 million to $1.75 million — if the school sells all of its tickets.

For the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, Boise State received $4.3 million and netted $2.8 million. The school sold nearly all of its 17,500 tickets. Expenses were about $1.5 million, including coach bonuses.

For the 2010 Fiesta Bowl, Boise State received $3 million and netted $1.2 million. Expenses were about $1.8 million, including coach bonuses. The school sold nearly all of its 19,000 tickets.

Ticket information:

Season-ticket holders can reserve their tickets through 9 p.m. Tuesday. Other fans can submit requests for tickets and will be notified by Wednesday if they were successful.

Tickets are $162 in sections 101-108 (lower level) and 403-412 (upper level). Seat locations are allocated to season-ticket holders based on priority points and to the general public based on order date. (Seating chart here.)

Parking can be purchased for $31.

The Fiesta Bowl has some upper-deck seats for $75 on its website.

Student tickets are $57 and can be purchased beginning Monday. Students are limited to two each, but the second ticket can be used for a non-student. The tickets must be picked up in Glendale with a student ID.

The ticket office will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

Two policies to remember: everyone, including babies, needs a ticket and there is no re-entry if you leave the stadium during the game.

More ticket information here.

Email me at ccripe@idahostatesman.com.

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