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Boise State has sold 8,700 Fiesta Bowl tickets; Thompson gets All-America honor

Boise State has sold 8,700 tickets to the Fiesta Bowl, the school reported at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Fans bought all 500 student tickets Monday. The 838 club seats also have sold out, leaving just the $162 tickets available.

The sales number includes six tickets for each player, purchased by the school.

Boise State has a 12,500-ticket allotment valued at $1.94 million. The tickets count as part of the school’s payout, which is about $3.25 million in total.

Tickets still can be purchased through the Boise State Athletic Ticket Office (426-4737) and boisestatetickets.com. The school is taking ticket requests and seating fans based on when they were requested. The ticketing process should switch to a live map by Friday morning at the latest.

Fans also can purchase tickets for donation to Arizona-based military members. The school sold about 100 military tickets for the 2010 game.

Boise State sold nearly all of its allotments for the 2007 and 2010 Fiesta Bowls. The school received 17,500 tickets for the 2007 game and 19,000 for the 2010 game.

Boise State sold 13,000 tickets for the 2010 game by Dec. 8, 2009.

The ticket allotment is smaller this year as part of the new College Football Playoff system, which has tried to remove some of the burden from participating schools.

Boise State plays Arizona at 2 p.m. Dec. 31 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

I’m working on a fan travel story for Thursday’s paper.

Harmon Travel, the official provider of Boise State travel packages, has sold out three airplanes. It has seats left on the fourth, which is a game-day charter.

Global Travel sold out an airplane for its two-night trip and has about 20 seats left for its three-night trip. Global filled five planes for the 2010 game and 11 for the 2007 game.

Former Boise State player Alex Guerrero is doing a bus trip. He’s hoping to fill four 50-person buses. Former players such as Jerard Rabb and Mike T. Williams are the tour guides. More info here.

Boise State junior safety Darian Thompson was named to the CBS Sports All-America second team Wednesday.

Thompson is tied for third in the nation with seven interceptions. He’s second on the team with 61 tackles.

ESPN has announced its crews for the Fiesta Bowl broadcasts on TV and radio.

Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman and Todd McShay will call the game on ESPN.

Dave Flemming, Danny Kanell and Allison Williams will call the game for ESPN Radio.

LINKS

Arizona 101

Bowl notebook

Broncos need a Fiesta win to be ‘back’

Murphy: Past success helped send Broncos to Fiesta

Fiesta Bowl ticket info

Notebook: Can Boise State help the Big 12?

Boise State needs to sell $1.94 million worth of tickets

Boise State to play Arizona

Broncos move up in polls

Email me at ccripe@idahostatesman.com.

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