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Fiesta Bowl ticket sales take sizable dip

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Ticket sales for the Fiesta Bowl are down. Officials from the University of Central Florida confirmed the school returned 10,000 tickets. Baylor ended up giving back 5,000 of their allotted tickets.

Houssein Jabbar is the owner of Snack Land at Westgate in Glendale. Although ticket sales have taken a sizable dip he says he's not worried about his bottom line.

"Any game is better than no game. From an average day it's going to be double or triple sales no matter what," said Jabbar.

Last year more than 70,000 fans packed into University of Phoenix Stadium to watch the Oregon Ducks take on Kansas State.

This year organizers say they've sold just over 60,000 seats to the Baylor, University of Central Florida matchup. Fiesta Bowl spokesman Andy Bagnato says a lot of that has to do with timing and geography.

"UCF coming from Florida, that's a long trip. The fans had a week less this year to make their plans. The announcement was on Dec. 8. Usually it's on Dec. 1," said Bagnato.

Meantime the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl is on track to sell at least as many tickets as last year. Organizers expect to see a crowd of more than 50,000. CBS 5 caught up with many of those fans shopping on Mill Avenue.

Restaurants like Rula Bula are already seeing a boom in business and are looking forward to Saturday.

"It's going to be good business. Everybody's going to make a lot of money," said manager Nicholas Hernandez.

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