Notre Dame ticket lottery winds down

From here on out it’ll take big bucks for Notre Dame fans who want to see the big game next month in Miami.

With ticket prices on the internet pretty much hovering at $1,500 and up, the last of the cheap seats were sold today.

“These are probably the last face value tickets that you're going to see sold,” said Josh Berlo, Notre Dame Assistant Athletic Director.

Notre Dame received some 17,000 tickets to distribute to students, staff, alumni and supporters.

Since the actual demand was much higher, a lottery was used to dole out the tickets.

As a sister institution, Holy Cross College was allotted 10 bowl tickets and, holy cow, Katherine Ziola won one.

“I mean you think that's something that's Notre Dame exclusive but Holy Cross gives us this opportunity, it’s awesome,” said Ziola, a senior from California.

Katherine will pay $150 for the type of ticket that’s commonly selling for ten times that amount on the internet.

“Luckily, one of my friends that actually was one of the fellow winners, she lives in Florida so it just all worked out,” said Ziola. “I'm going to be able to stay with her and we're just going to be able to live the dream.”
Kristina Hamilton is a Notre Dame senior who was also successful in obtaining a ticket at face value through the lottery. “I was actually planning to travel to Miami before regardless, so now that I have a ticket, it just makes it that much more of a sweeter opportunity.”

When asked if she could have gone to the game without the benefit of the discount ticket, Hamilton replied, “There’s no way I would have gotten a Christmas present like that.”

As lotteries go, the odds in the one used to distribute the Notre Dame bowl tickets weren’t so bad.

“There was an allotment of approximately 2,500 tickets that went to the Notre Dame students, and they had a lottery and 37 percent of the students who requested tickets did receive them,” said Josh Berlo, who added that the “win rate” for alumni and supporters was about five percent. Successful alumni and supporters paid $350 per ticket.

“At this point, I don't think I'm going to end up going to the game but it’s going to be a fun time anyway,” said Notre Dame Sophomore Marc Drake, who was not successful in the lottery.

The trip to the championship game seemed to provide a hard lesson in economics to Notre Dame students who never signed up for the course. “People want to go see the game you know; they're going to have to spend it,
It’s not one (ticket price) that's going to come down its on par with what a B.C.S. game should be,” said P.J. Dobbins of P.J.’s Ticket Service.

Notre Dame received a total of 17,000 tickets although ticket requests topped 100,000. The stadium where the game will be played has a capacity of 75,000 fans.

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