Auburn's Bowl Championship Series title came at a deep cost.
The university reported a loss of $614,106 for its nine-day trip to Glendale, Ariz. The Tigers weren't alone. Oregon, Auburn's opponent in the game, reported a deficit of $285,437 for its 10-day stay.
Ticket-allotment issues were once again at the center of the financial setbacks.
Auburn lost $781,825 because it withheld 2,456 tickets from its allotment of 17,400. Oregon, according to the Birmingham News, lost $555,575 because it withheld 1,761 of its 17,400 tickets.
Schools withhold tickets and keep them from public sale in order to meet demands of staff, the families of players and coaches and the band. Thus, the tickets become an expense for the university.
Auburn and Oregon were not alone in losing money. Kentucky reported a loss of $253,396 for its trip to the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham. The school was required to purchase 10,000 tickets and sold only 4,460. That led to a loss of $276,740 in unsold tickets.
Pittsburgh, the Wildcats' opponent in Birmingham, declined to provide its report. The school did say it distributed approximately 2,500 of its 10,000 tickets.
What was the party scene like on Monday in Glendale, Ariz? Clearly off the charts, especially for Auburn fans after the Tigers' 22-19 victory. Wiz correspondent Greg Laughlin was on the scene and you can view his full gallery by clicking here.
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Auburn and Oregon fans gathered Sunday in the Valley of the Sun for the BCS Fan Experience. Wiz correspondent Greg Laughlin was on hand to catch all the festivities. There are more photos after the jump and you can view Greg's full gallery by clicking here.