Barbara Lopez, a resident of nearly 20 years, describes herself as “a huge football fan and a Boise State fan.” So you can imagine her excitement at learning Sunday that the Broncos had been named to play Utah in the upcoming MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Dec. 20 at Sam Boyd Stadium.
She called the ticket office at 10 a.m. Monday and learned that only a handful of end zone tickets were available. Most of the tickets had been automatically sent to Utah and Boise State for distribution, she was told.
“It makes me feel terrible,” the fan says. “All year they are telling people go out and support the UNLV football team, which is maybe the worst football team in the country.”
Yes, she even supported the Fumblin’ Rebels.
“All of a sudden they get a good game out there and it’s, ‘We don’t control that locally,’" Lopez says. "There are no seats for locals. We don’t get any. We get the scraps."
“I know I’m not the only one who feels this way I don’t mind playing the game. I’d have gone out there and waited in line at midnight if there were tickets available. The fact is, we’re just shut out.”
She’s just one fan. But after watching the Rebels this year, hasn’t she suffered enough?