Kansas State’s trip to the inaugural Pinstripe Bowl didn’t turn out to be a big money-maker, but the Wildcats didn’t lose millions on the game either.
“We roughly broke even,” said K-State senior associate athletic director Reid Sigmon.
According to an expense report filed with the NCAA, obtained through an Open Records request made by the Eagle in January, K-State spent $1,348,511 on the trip. That number came in under the expense allowance of $1,473,600 handed out by the Big 12 Conference, meaning the school profited $125,089 on the game.
Those numbers don’t factor in coaching bonuses that come with qualifying for a bowl game, though. Nor do they account for national exposure gained by the team. Figure all those in, and the bowl becomes essentially a wash.
“The Pinstripe Bowl was a tremendous opportunity for our student athletes and fans,” Sigmon said. “It gave us great exposure and was a great experience. Our goal going into it was to break even, and that’s what we did.”