JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Due to high demand for tickets to the River City Showdown on Saturday, September 29, the Gator Bowl Association will add more than 5,800 temporary seats at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. The additional tickets will be split evenly between the participating schools. Due to the overwhelming initial demand by its fan base, The University of Alabama's allotment of 2,600 additional tickets has already been accounted for by existing orders.
According to Erik Dellenback, Director of Marketing, the Gator Bowl Association is working closely with the City of Jacksonville on a new temporary seating plan that will, for the first time, utilize both the upper and lower portion of the south end zone in the area referred to as the Bud Zone. "The new seating configuration will help us maximize seating, while ensuring the comfort and safety of all the fans," added Kelly Madden, 2007 Gator Bowl Association Chairman.
In addition to the large local following for both universities, excitement over the game may stem from its historic significance. This will be the first time legendary coach Bobby Bowden has faced the Crimson Tide of Alabama. The two programs last met in 1974.
Rick Catlett, President of the Gator Bowl Association, credits Florida State Athletic Director David Hart as the catalyst for the game. "Dave approached his alma mater, Alabama about the idea before bringing it to the Gator Bowl Association for consideration. Alabama Athletic Director Mal Moore eagerly accepted," said Catlett. "We loved the idea and are proud to host this historic game."
Parking is available through the Gator Bowl Association at a cost of $20 per car. More than 300 RV spaces have already been sold, however additional bus and RV parking can be accommodated in the private lots surrounding the stadium. For parking information go to www.gatorbowl.com.
The mission of the Gator Bowl Association is to provide Northeast Florida with the very best in amateur athletics and related activities in order to maximize positive impact on the area's economy, national image and community pride. A 501(c)3 not-for profit organization, the Association's primary charitable activities are focused on education and youth in the North Florida area.
In addition to the Inaugural River City Showdown, the Gator Bowl Association will also host the Dr Pepper ACC Championship Game on December 1, 2007 and the Gator Bowl Classic on New Year's Day 2008.