Dec 10, 2013 6:43 PM by Akeam Ashford
The UL Athletic Foundation has seen donations grow by nearly $40,000 in the last three weeks, ahead of the Ragin' Cajuns third New Orleans Bowl appearance on Dec. 21.
According to Athletic Director Scott Farmer, it's first come, first serve. In this case, the best seats are sold to foundation members who donate the most money.
"People are starting to realize that the more money they donate the better seats they'll get at the New Orleans Bowl. Overall we're up about 31 percent in ticket sales over last year," Farmer said of this year's UL-Tulane match up.
Last year, the university sold more than 21,000 tickets. Officials say bowl games tend to offer teams who fill the stadium more opportunities to go back year after year.
"It was a big reason I think the New Orleans Bowl wanted us back. Also, with us having a good team and a great fan base, it's another statement our university and our community can make," Coach Mark Hudspeth said.
"We know our opponent is going to sell more tickets than the last two opponents, being form New Orleans. If we can get a crowd of about 60,000 or more in the Mercedes Dome, it'll be a tremendous, tremendous atmosphere," Farmer said.
All the money donated to RCAF stays with the foundation, and Farmer says he has final word on where the money goes.
"Some of these funds have gone to build our softball facility in the past, or to give coaches new contracts," Farmer said.