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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. Approximately 5,000 tickets remain on sale from Virginia’s allotment of 13,500 tickets to the 2008 Konica Minolta Gator Bowl. UVa meets Texas Tech in the nation’s sixth-oldest bowl game on Jan. 1 in Jacksonville, Fla. The game will be played at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, home of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars and site of the 2005 Super Bowl.

Virginia last played in a New Year’s Day bowl game on Jan. 1, 1994, when UVa faced Boston College in the Carquest Bowl. The Cavaliers’ last appearance in the Gator Bowl was in 1991 against Oklahoma.

“I know Virginia fans are excited about our football team playing in the 2008 Konica Minolta Gator Bowl,” Virginia Director of Athletics Craig Littlepage said. “Many of our fans will recall we had hoped to return to Jacksonville on several occasions during the last 15 seasons, but a perception that Virginia fans didn’t travel well hurt us in the bowl selection process. We have collectively worked hard to overcome that reputation, primarily by selling more than 20,000 tickets to the 2002 Continental Tire Bowl and more than 25,000 tickets to the 2003 Continental Tire Bowl.”

Fans may purchase tickets to the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl at any time online at Simply look for the links to Bowl Central on the home page and then click the “Buy Tickets Now” button on the Bowl Central page. Tickets may also be purchased by phone or in-person at the UVa athletics ticket office in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium. The toll-free phone number is 800-542-UVA1. The UVa athletics ticket office is open this week (Dec. 10-14) from 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Proxy tickets may be purchased if fans are unable to attend the game. These tickets will be given to the Jacksonville Children’s Commission to benefit area youth that have been identified as at risk and are part of the mayor’s campaign to raise the literacy level in the city. The Jacksonville Children’s Commission is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and each proxy ticket ordered is tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor for more information.

Information on travel packages including charter flights, lodging at UVa’s official fan hotel, and tickets to the pre-game pep rally and hospitality event may also be found on the Bowl Central page online at

“A school’s ability to sell out its ticket allotment factors into the selection process for future bowl games,” Littlepage said. “I understand traveling to Charlotte or Atlanta is easier and less expensive than the trip to Jacksonville, but I know our fans will have a great time if they make the decision to attend the game.

“The Konica Minolta Gator Bowl is also the final game for a special group of fourth and fifth-year football student-athletes, including consensus All-American Chris Long. These young men have worked hard to produce one of the most memorable seasons in Virginia football history. I ask our fans to please help us reach our goal of selling 13,500 tickets to the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl.”

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