The University of Minnesota “maxed out” its 3,000-ticket allotment from the Buffaloes athletics department. The U requested a few hundred additional tickets from Colorado and sold all of those as well. There are likely to be other Gopher fans who bought their tickets elsewhere to get inside the 50,183-seat stadium.
“It shows whether it’s this trip or the Outback Bowl, fans are excited to travel and support the team,” said Mike Wierzbicki, the Gophers’ senior associate athletics director for external affairs. “We look for that to grow in the future.”
The Gophers sold approximately 8,500 tickets for the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla., on New Year’s Day 2020, when they beat No. 10 Auburn to cap an 11-2 season. While U fans won’t be out in those numbers on Saturday, the program’s demand for tickets comes two weeks after Ohio State returned a “significant amount” of tickets to Minnesota when the Buckeyes couldn’t fill their allotment for the Sept. 2 season opener at Huntington Bank Stadium.
The Gophers and Buffaloes announced the home-and-home series in October 2016 (with Colorado visiting Minnesota next September). This long lead time meant that Minnesota fans had five years’ notice — and a year of