Auburn spent $1,031,380 on its trip to Atlanta to play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, according to its NCAA bowl expense reports, a figure far smaller than the expenses the Tigers incurred a year earlier for the trip to play in the BCS Championship Game.
The SEC hasn’t released completed revenues yet for the conference’s bowl game, which makes it impossible to determine Auburn’s bottom-line revenue or deficit on the trip, but after the SEC dispenses bowl revenue from all of its games, Auburn will likely come out far ahead given the relative savings of the trip.
The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer obtained the expense reports through an open records request.
Auburn absorbed 2,775 tickets out of the 16,000 tickets the school was allotted to sell through the Chick-fil-A Bowl, but less than 1,000 of those tickets went unused. Of those tickets, 1,861 were used by Auburn staff, player guests and the band, and 864 were unsold.
For the second straight season, Auburn spent nine days at its bowl destination, but the Tigers spent $2,901,706 on the trip to Glendale, Ariz., an unsurprising figure given how much further Auburn had to travel for its national championship game appearance.
The Tigers spent very little for the 2-hour trip up the highway to Atlanta, nearly $900,000 less than it cost the school to get everybody to Arizona for the national championship game.
Auburn’s entire party, which included 351 members of the team and staff, 438 members for the band and cheerleaders and 28 members of the official party, which includes faculty, athletics department employees, etc., spent $151,905 on transportation expenses and $541,231 on meals, lodging and per diem, by far the biggest expense on the trip.
After taking 938 total members of the party to the BCS National Championship Game, Auburn’s entire party was only 817 members in this season’s trip to the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Also, after spending $19,648 on entertainment in Arizona, Auburn spent a paltry $360 on entertainment in Atlanta.