JACKSONVILLEâ€”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. These tickets will only be available through the University of Alabama and Florida State University.
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.”