AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn spent more than $1.67 million for its eight days in Tampa, Fla., for the Outback Bowl. That's according to an expense report released by the athletics department Tuesday.
The total for the trip came out to $1,671,722.59. The biggest expense was in the form of lodging and meals, which cost $924,687: $761,548 went to the team and staff; $132,899 was for the band and cheerleaders; and the remaining $30,240 was set aside for the official traveling, which included members of the university faculty and other athletic department representatives.
The Tigers spent $353,474 on transportation for the team, coaching staff, band, cheerleaders and the travel party to make it down to the bowl site.
Other expenses included: $8,776 for entertainment, $5,606 on bowl promotion, $78,963 on awards and $62,282 on equipment and supplies.
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Then there were a myriad of other necessities that had to be covered once they arrived, including paying for practice facilities ($6,423.65), escorts by the Florida Highway Patrol ($8,118.15), an audio visual/business center ($4,523.16) and a security per diem ($5,200).
The athletics department also had to foot the bill for unsold tickets, with 1,898 of the 9,212 set aside going unclaimed. That cost Auburn $213,670, with 1,211 of the $80 tickets remaining and 687 of the $170 tickets leftover.
The $1.67 million in expenses is a little more than half of what the team spent for the 2014 BCS championship game, with the final total coming out to $3.13 million for its trek to California.