Bowl pleased with ticket sales

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Bowl officials say ticket
sales for the game have been strong.

Officials expect about 10,000 North Carolina State fans to
attend the Dec. 29 game at Legion Field in Birmingham. They are
anticipating between 6,000 and 7,000 Rutgers fans.

Rutgers has returned 3,000 tickets for the game and North
Carolina State about half that.

The Big East and Atlantic Coast Conference were each obligated
to purchase 10,000 tickets this year. The participating schools
tried to make the money back by selling them to their fans.

Bo Kerr, the bowl's manager of sales and marketing, said the
response from North Carolina State fans has been as strong as any
in the bowl's three years.