Stanford Athletics has sold out its ticket allotment, a total of 30,000, for the 102nd Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1 in Pasadena.
Stanford's tickets were all accounted for three days after the matchup against Iowa was announced. Thanks to overwhelming local and national support from season ticket members, alumni and students, Stanford sold out of its initial allotment of just under 28,000 tickets before obtaining an additional block of approximately 2,000 tickets from the Rose Bowl Game, which features the largest institutional bowl ticket allotment of the year.
Thousands of alumni were accommodated through a lottery system that closed Saturday afternoon, while the remaining limited tickets designated for the student section were purchased on Monday morning.
Stanford fans continue to show they will enthusiastically travel to bowl games, having purchased all of the school's available tickets for its two previous Rose Bowl Game appearances, dating to the 2012 season.
It will be the first-ever meeting between Stanford (11-2, 8-1 Pac-12) and Iowa (12-1, 8-0 Big Ten), and the fourth straight season the Cardinal will meet a Big Ten Conference opponent in a bowl game.
Stanford is making its school-record seventh straight bowl appearance. The Cardinal won the Pac-12 Conference title for the third time in four years with a 41-22 victory over USC on Dec. 5 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. It marked the fifth 11-win season for the Cardinal in the past six years.
This marks Stanford's 15th appearance in the Rose Bowl Game (third-most all-time), and the third trip to Pasadena in four years -- the last time the Cardinal accomplished that feat was a string of three consecutive appearances from 1934-36. The Cardinal won the 2012 edition of the contest over Wisconsin, and fell to Michigan State in 2013.
Stanford distance runner Justin Brinkley was named a recipient of the Pac-12 Leadership Award, joining Arizona senior gymnast Danielle Buchanan.
Brinkley, a senior communication major, is recognized for his leadership as well as his athletic accomplishments.
The Kingwood, Texas, native is a three-time NCAA West Prelims qualifier in the 1,500 meters. In 2013, he won the U.S. junior national championship in that event and represented the United States at the Pan Am Junior Championships in Colombia.
Brinkley is co-chair of the Cardinal Council and served as co-chair of the Student-Athlete Welfare Committee last year. Brinkley was a two-time first team Pac-12 All-Academic team honoree for track and field was a USTFCCCA All-Academic selection.
He won Stanford's Lawrence Berman Prize for Best Undergraduate Essay in religious studies. Boasting a 3.826 grade-point average, he is expected to graduate in June 2016 and intends to focus on religious studies in graduate school.
The Pac-12 Leadership Award is selected by members of the Pac-12 Student-Athlete Advisory Council and is a $3,000 postgraduate scholarship designed to recognize leadership and service on student-athlete advisory committees at Pac-12 member institutions. Applicants were required to be in their final year of intercollegiate athletics eligibility and on track to graduate in the 2015-16 academic year.
This is the second consecutive year a Stanford male has won the Leadership Award, following basketball player Robbie Lemons.