UM awaiting lonely road west

Few fans expected to travel to Boise bowl

Football

December 18, 2008|By Jeff Barker | Jeff Barker,jeff.barker@baltsun.com

Too far. Too expensive. Too cold.

Those seem to be the sentiments of Maryland football fans considering - and mostly rejecting - the idea of traveling to Boise, Idaho, to watch the Terps play Nevada in the Humanitarian Bowl.

By all indications, Maryland will sell fewer than 1,000 tickets, according to officials familiar with the Dec. 30 game. Last year's Atlantic Coast Conference representative - Georgia Tech - sold about 250 of the allotted 3,000.

"We drew the line at Boise," one Maryland fan - who is staying home - wrote yesterday to The Baltimore Sun's "Tracking the Terps" blog.

A Maryland official suggested it would be asking a lot of its fans to make the trip.

"Ticket sales are ongoing, but given the current economic situation and the relatively high cost of flying to Boise from the Baltimore area, Maryland athletics and the Roady's Humanitarian Bowl had modest expectations this year," Brian Ullmann, a senior associate athletic director, said in an e-mail. "Maryland fans have always traveled well, and we expect that outstanding support to continue for years to come."

It is expected that most of those attending the game at Boise State's 30,000-seat Bronco Stadium won't be affiliated with either school. Many fans may be rooting for Nevada, which plays in the Western Athletic Conference with Boise State.

Maryland doesn't expect the game to be a money-loser. The university said it basically broke even on last year's Emerald Bowl matchup with Oregon State.

"Overall, we won't know the complete financial picture until after the bowl is over, but we do not expect to lose any money on this bowl trip," Ullmann said. "The conference provides expense money to each school participating in a bowl, and Maryland is using that funding to ensure a first-class bowl trip for our student-athletes and coaching staff," he said.

MARYLAND (7-5) vs. NEVADA (7-5)

Humanitarian Bowl

Boise, Idaho

Dec. 30,

4:30 p.m.

TV: ESPN

Radio: 105.7 FM, 1300 AM

Line: Nevada by 1

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