BYU AD Tom Holmoe explains Notre Dame ticket delay

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(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Tom Holmoe at the BYU Football Media Day in Provo on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

Negotiations between BYU and Notre Dame are ongoing over the finer details of their matchup in Las Vegas this season. Among the topics discussed is the distribution of tickets.

While much of this talk is hidden behind the veil of two private institutions, BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe outlined why there’s been such a delay in ticket sales for BYU fans.

This Oct. 8 game will be Notre Dame’s home game, Holmoe said. It will be part of the Irish Shamrock series, where Notre Dame plays in marquee venues across the country. In years past, Notre Dame has played at Yankee Stadium, Soldier Field, and Fenway Park.

But, since this is not a true site-neutral game, Notre Dame will control ticket distribution. It will also give their fans the first chance to purchase tickets. The exact distribution of those tickets is under discussion, but Notre Dame will likely have the majority share.

“It’s a Notre Dame home game for sure,” Holmoe said. “That’s how we were able to come in and get them to come to Vegas to play.”

The original contract stipulated that Notre Dame would come to Provo to play a rematch. BYU last played in South Bend in 2013. However, it was still more likely Notre Dame would pay the Cougars a buyout than play a real road game in Utah.

Holmoe, however, preferred not to accept the buyout and waited for Notre Dame to find out the details of the game.

The Irish landed at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, as part of their home game package.

“There were certain things in the contract that they had to have in order for them to play the game,” Holmoe said. “[Tickets] were one of the things we had to let go.

Most Shamrock Series ticket distributions heavily favored Notre Dame. However, last year Notre Dame played Wisconsin at Soldier Field and it was closer to a 50-50 ticket split between home teams and visiting teams.

There is still no timetable for the sale of tickets.

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