SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame has received 45,589 ticket
requests for the Jan. 2 Fiesta Bowl game against Ohio State and
school officials believe they've never had more.
John Heisler, senior associate athletic director, said the
school doesn't keep records for ticket demand. But the Fighting
Irish have played in 26 bowls and no one can remember such demand.
By comparison, when the Irish went to the Fiesta Bowl following
the 2000 season, the school received 22,000 ticket requests.
Fewer than 12,500 tickets are available for alumni, season
ticket holders, students' parents, faculty and staff. The school
was allotted 15,000 tickets, and 2,500 were sold to students last
week. Some of the tickets also will go to university officials.