College Football Fans and Teams Gear up for 2010 Konica Minolta Gator Bowl
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Ramsey, N.J., and Jacksonville, Fla. (Vocus) December 31, 2009 -- With the official kick-off less than 24 hours
away, fans are traveling from around the country to Jacksonville, Fla. for the highly-anticipated New Year’s Day
Konica Minolta Gator Bowl match-up between the West Virginia Mountaineers and Florida State Seminoles.
Both teams are veterans to the Gator Bowl Classic and bring rich football traditions to this exciting annual bowl
game, the Mountaineers with a strong regular season record of 9-3 and the Seminoles marking the final game of
legendary Coach Bobby Bowden.
Within two hours of announcing the team selections on December 6, 2009, tickets for the 77,000-plus seats at
Jacksonville Municipal Stadium were sold out with plans to add temporary bleachers raising attendance to nearly
85,000 on game day. The only other time in the history of the Gator Bowl Classic that the bleachers have been
installed was for the 2004 match up between Maryland and West Virginia. Rivals.com’s Mike Huguenin rates the
2010 Konica Minolta Gator Bowl third among the 34 college bowl games this season.
The Mountaineers and Seminoles will be meeting in a rematch of the 2005 game from which Florida State left
Jacksonville with a 30-18 victory. The 2010 match-up will mark West Virginia's fourth New Year's Day trip to
Jacksonville in seven seasons and Florida State’s seventh appearance overall. In his final game for Florida State,
Coach Bowden will be facing a team he formerly coached as special events are scheduled throughout the day to
honor his 34-year run at FSU.
"From the anticipation of the 2010 Konica Minolta Gator Bowl to the festivities surrounding Coach Bowden’s
final game, there is a great deal of excitement surrounding this year’s match-up on New Year’s Day," said Kevin
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