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How Fighting Irish fans can hunt down tickets to see the Cotton Bowl

by Katlin Connin, WSBT 22 Reporter

Tickets to Irish college football playoff game already sold out // WSBT 22 photo

If you’re hoping to go to the Cotton Bowl, you might have a hard time.

Those tickets are doled out in a lottery process.

Your chance to enter that drawing passed on Thursday. The university will be announcing winners this week.

But if you’re willing to open your wallet, there are other ways to see the big game in person.

The Notre Dame Ticket Office’s outgoing message says, “If you were calling in regards to Cotton Bowl tickets, Notre Dame’s allotment of tickets was already sold through a lottery process and we will not be selling any additional tickets for the game. Please go to Vivid Seats at ticketexchange.und.com for possible availability.”

That’s the message countless hungry Notre Dame fans heard Monday morning. Since the university doesn’t have any more Cotton Bowl tickets to sell, those fans are headed to Vivid Seats.

Staff at the Notre Dame ticket office say Vivid Seats guarantees all sales. Prices range from a couple hundred to tens of thousands of dollars.

Read the ticket office’s statement below:

If unable to purchase directly from the University, we advise for fans to purchase Cotton Bowl tickets from an official source such as VividSeats. We would advise against buying direct from sellers on social platforms including Craigslist or in person.

Click here to check ticket availability through Vivid Seats.

Anthony Travel knows Vivid Seats isn’t the only organization with the hookup.

“People are rushing,” said John Anthony. “Most people have been to Notre Dame games before and been to bowl and major games before, so they know the excitement around the Notre Dame experience.”

Anthony Travel has been helping Fighting Irish fans get to big games for years.

As the team and its entourage head to Dallas, Anthony Travel has a few extra tickets.

“This is an outlet that we work with the university closely and we secured tickets outside of what the block is that they get from the college football playoffs, that we would have tickets to offer to fans that didn’t have access through the Notre Dame allotment,” said Anthony.

Those tickets come with accommodations.

“We’ve got hotels, two or three night options with hotels,” said Anthony. “We’ve got hospitality at the hotels. We have transportation round trip to the games on game day and a pregame party at the stadium.”

The hotels Anthony Travel sets up are four or five stars, so expect a price to match. One package starts at $670 per person.

Anthony says he already has about 1000 fans signed up and supplies are limited.

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