PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — For the first time, the Rose Bowl is reserving more than 1,000 tickets per competing team to attend the BCS championship game.
While the identity of the teams playing in the game on Jan. 4, 2006, won't be known for months, fans can purchase the right to make reservations for tickets at face value for the team of their choice through www.TicketReserve.com or www.TournamentOfRoses.com. Those reservations are known as fan forwards.
For example, if a fan buys two shares for No. 1 Southern California and the Trojans are selected to play in the Rose Bowl, that fan can buy two tickets at face value. The original reservation money will not be applied to the price of the tickets and none of the reservation money will be refunded.
The price is higher for better teams based on market value. If at some point a fan-forward owner decides to try and sell his rights, he can put them up for bid at a marketplace.
That being said, if USC should lose a game or two and have little or no chance of going to the Rose Bowl, those fan-forward rights won't be worth much.
The minimum ticket reservation is $10 while the maximum is $100 (for USC). The face value of a Rose Bowl ticket is $175 — $50 more than last year.
"We feel this is an exciting new way for fans that otherwise cannot get access to the national championship game in the Rose Bowl," said Mitch Dorger, CEO of the Tournament of Roses. "They can now be a part of our game if their team participates."