NASHVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 5, 2006 - Representatives of the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl Presented By Bridgestone announced today all tickets have been sold for the 2006 Bowl featuring the Clemson Tigers versus the Kentucky Wildcats. This marks the second sold out game in the Bowl's nine year history. It is the first sold out game since the Bowl moved to LP Field in 1999. The previous sellout was in 1998 for the University of Alabama versus Virginia Tech University Bowl game held at Vanderbilt University.
"We're very excited about the interest this year's Bowl game has generated," said Dale Polley, Bowl chairman. "This sellout really underscores the potential our new ACC vs. SEC match-up has for the long term success of the Bowl. The regional bragging rights between the conferences, the proximity of the member schools to Nashville, and Nashville simply being a popular destination city for the southeastern population of the country make this new ACC vs. SEC match-up one that we feel will elevate our Bowl to even greater heights."
In addition to game day tickets sales, the pre-game tailgate party is also sold out.
"The increased excitement and participation exhibited by the local Middle Tennessee community over the last three years is quite encouraging," said Scott Ramsey, executive director of the Bowl. "The Bowl has become more than just a football game, but an event for the entire community. Our increased pre-team announcement ticket sales and this sellout certainly illustrate that."
Since the Bowl's inception in 1998, it has produced $95 million in regional economic impact making it Music City's busiest week in tourism. In addition, the Bowl has made more than $14 million in combined contributions to the participating universities.