By Chadd Cripe
GLENDALE. Ariz. — Boise State has sold about 18,200 tickets to the Fiesta Bowl — a school record — including about 100 bought by fans for donation to the military. Boise State donated enough tickets to give the military a total of 600.
That leaves the school with 300 tickets to try to sell Monday. The school also has about 1,000 parking passes remaining. Combining the leftover tickets, the donated tickets and the leftover parking passes, Boise State stands to lose about $130,000 of its $3 million payout.
Luke Air Force Base, which is about 5 miles from University of Phoenix Stadium, received 500 tickets from Boise State and its fans. The Arizona Air National Guard received 100. Those numbers are according to Boise State and Luke Air Force Base.
I was part of a strong contingent of Boise media who attended the Packers-Cardinals game Sunday to catch up with former Broncos Korey Hall and Daryn Colledge of the Packers. They got some ribbing for their teammates for getting more attention than the team's stars.
Hall, a fullback, didn't play because of an elbow injury but expects to play when the teams meet again next week in the first round of the NFL playoffs. Colledge, the starting left guard, played the entire game.
They aren't going to be able to attend Monday night's game because of the team schedule. They plan to watch it on TV.
"I'm sad I'm going to miss it, but I was home last time they were playing in the Fiesta Bowl and they won," said Colledge, whose senior year was 2005. "So I'll be on my same couch this year hoping for a win."
The transformation of University of Phoenix Stadium for the Fiesta Bowl started immediately after the NFL game ended. The first chore — painting the end zones.
The Boise State end zone features the Bowl Championship Series logo on the left side and the standard "Boise State" logo in blue and outlined in white. The rest of the end zone will be orange.
The TCU end zone is purple with a white "TCU" logo.
The crew also is painting over the NFL hash marks.