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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Cards are national champions and Sugar Bowl winners, but U of L athletics officials are turning to Living Social to help sell discounted tickets to its next bowl game.
Athletic officials say tickets for the bowl game have been on sale since March and there's more ways than just heading to the ticket office to get your hands on a pair. One option is right in the palm of your hand.
"My family are very die-hard Card fans!" said University of Louisville sophomore Jasmine Wilkins. Wilkins said her family is one of the thousands who make Cards football games a part of their social life.
U of L made a deal with "Living Social" to let fans see more Red and save some green. "We are trying to expand our customer base with their customers," said Assoc. Athletic Director Brent Seebohm.
They want fans to browse the spots the school puts up for grabs.
"There are a variety of ways to purchase tickets but the important part is to purchase them through the university to strengthen our candidacy for future bowls to ensure our financial security," said Seebohm.
Seebohm said depending on the bowl game, they are required to sell 12,000 to 17,000 tickets.
Packages like the one in the app, or others featured on the athletics web site, include additional sports tickets and gear.
"I think it's great I mean $129 for the ticket T shirt and all of the stuff that you get," said U of L junior Bridget Donoghue.
Donoghue said she went to New Orleans, LA, to the Sugar Bowl and watched the game from Bourbon Street because she did not have a ticket. "This year I plan on going," said Donoghue.
Athletic officials say the lower price tag does not mean the ticket sales are dragging. "The bowl package with the basketball tickets and merchandise included is hopefully the start of many campaigns into the future with women's basketball and other sports," Seebohm said.
Those who commit early have to make plans around exactly where and when the bowl game happens. Fans say they don't think that will be an issue.
"I will definitely be there, catch me on the front row, cheering my cards on," said Wilkins. Wilkins said she would also be cheering on her boyfriend who plays for the Cardinals.
"I can't wait to get there so I can cheer them on and be front row and cheering on my brother that's a Card!" said Nikeya Smith.
Deals like the one on Living Social will only be available for a limited amount of time. Athletic officials say the best plan is to get your tickets and packages early. Packages can be purchased at the box office or online through the school. They say no matter which stadium fans view the bowl game from, it is going to be worth it.