December 10, 2003
University of New Mexico director of athletics Rudy Davalos announced today that the Galles family and Maloof Companies have each purchased $25,000 worth of tickets - 1,000 tickets apiece - to the upcoming Las Vegas Bowl. The Lobos play Oregon State Christmas Eve in the 12th Las Vegas Bowl. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN at 5:30 p.m., Mountain Time.
The University may use the tickets at its own discretion, although Davalos said the majority of the tickets will be given to UNM students, band and cheerleaders, and players' families. UNM is financially responsible for 8,000 tickets at $50 apiece - a total of $400,000.
"It's tremendous that two of the most respected and long-standing families in the state of New Mexico are stepping up to help another UNM cause," said Davalos. "Their benevolence provides free tickets for our students and really helps us with expenses incurred in going to the bowl game."
University of New Mexico students with a current ID can receive free tickets to the Las Vegas Bowl. Student tickets are available December 22-24 only in Las Vegas and must be picked up between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., in the South Tower lobby of the Golden Nugget Hotel. Tickets will not be available at Sam Boyd Stadium the day of the game.
"We really appreciate what Hickum, Lee and Rick Galles, and Joe and Gavin Maloof are doing to get fans to Las Vegas," said head coach Rocky Long. "The reason schools are attractive to bowl games is due, in large part, to how many fans they bring to the game. This makes us more attractive for future games."
The Galles family hosted a breakfast this morning for individuals and local business leaders with the primary purpose of selling bowl tickets. Including the Maloof's contribution of 1,000 tickets, a total of 1,215 tickets were purchased today, raising overall sales to more than 4,700. A total of 4,571 tickets were sold for last year's Las Vegas Bowl.
"Our primary goal is to keep this rolling," said Lee Galles. "Rocky has established a very good program at the University of New Mexico and we want it to continue. It's very important to the program that fans turn out in Las Vegas. We want to be one of the best traveling teams in the nation."
"I think all the credit in the world should go to Rudy Davalos and Rocky Long for their persistence and hard work," said Joe Maloof. "They have built a football program that everyone in New Mexico can be proud of. The exciting thing is that it's the only game played on the 24th of December. That is great exposure for UNM and the state of New Mexico."