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Dec. 4, 2005

Charlottesville, Va. – The University of Virginia football team has accepted an invitation to play the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl Presented by Bridgestone at The Coliseum in Nashville, Tenn., on Dec. 30. The game is scheduled to kickoff at noon (EST) and will be televised nationally by ESPN.

The Cavaliers are 6-5 overall this season and are appearing in their fourth consecutive bowl game. Overall Virginia is making its 16th bowl appearance in school history and the first in this bowl. Minnesota is 7-4 this season and is also appearing in a bowl game for the fourth year in a row.

“We are pleased with our selection to play in this year’s Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl Presented by Bridgestone against the University of Minnesota. We’ve heard great things about the Bowl and we know a lot about how great a city Nashville is,” said UVa Athletics Director Craig Littlepage. “This is a good way for our team to finish the 2005 season, playing a quality opponent in a quality bowl.

“The ACC has started a new partnership with the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl. Similar to how we participated in the first ACC bowl game in Charlotte and brought a great following, our hope is that our fans will respond once again by supporting the team in this year’s game.”

Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased online at Tickets may also be purchased beginning Monday morning at 9 a.m. by calling the Athletics Ticket Office at 800/542-8821 or 434/924-8821. Tickets are $65 for Club Level seats and $45 for Lower Level seats.

Seat assignments will begin at the conclusion of the Dec. 8 sale day. Orders will be accepted as long as the supply of tickets lasts.

For UVa students, a special in-person sale will start Thursday, Dec. 8 at 9:00 a.m. at the Ticket Office in Bryant Hall, located in the south end of Scott Stadium. Student tickets will be $45 and will require a valid UVa student I.D. at the time of purchase. Students wishing to be seated together should purchase at the same time due to reserved seating.

Additional Music City Bowl information, including events and accommodations, is available at the official UVa athletics website by clicking here.

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