Tickets in High Demand

High demand for Rose Bowl tickets

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Officials say there are about 88-thousand

tickets "available" for the 2006 Rose Bowl game -- but you'd be

hard pressed to find one.

The January fourth contest between top-ranked University of

Southern California and number two Texas is more than just a bowl


College football's national championship is at stake.

Half of the total tickets are designated for the two schools.

Thousands of other tickets are committed to sports conferences,

sponsors and media, among others.

So thousands of fans have been competing for a handful of seats

available online and from various brokers.

The result?

Demand is high, and prices are soaring.

The last public tickets for the game -- about one-thousand --

went on sale today through Ticketmaster.

They sold out within five minutes.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)