February 10, 2000 - by
ABC To Televise Florida State Opener In Prime Time

Feb. 10, 2000



TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — ABC Sports announced Thursday that the 2000 Pigskin
Classic football game between Florida State and BYU in Jacksonville’s
Alltell Stadium will be broadcast in prime-time with kickoff scheduled for
8:00 p.m. August 26th.

The game will feature the defending national champion Florida State
Seminoles, who defeated Virginia Tech 46-29 in the Nokia Sugar Bowl on ABC
in January. FSU quarterback Chris Weinke returns for his senior season and
he has won 20 straight games for the Seminoles.

BYU, coached by LaVell Edwards, had an 8-4 record last year and played in
the Motor City Bowl.

“The 8:00 p.m. kickoff affords the fans relief from the midday Florida sun
and you can not overstate that factor when you are trying to maximize
attendance and atmosphere for a game in the month of August,” stated Dave
Hart, FSU Athletics Director and President of NACDA, who administers the
Pigskin Classic. “We appreciate the consideration ABC has demonstrated in
that regard and are delighted with the exposure of a prime-time telecast.
It should be a great way to begin the 2000 college football season.”

The Gator Bowl announced ticket prices and policy with Club Seats at
Alltel Stadium listed at $60.00 each, Sideline Seats $30.00 each, and
Endzone seats will go on sale for $20.00. Florida State and Brigham Young
season ticket holders and Gator Bowl Association members will receive first
priority through their normal renewal process. It is anticipated that
between FSU and BYU season ticket holders and Gator Bowl members, Club
Seats will be sold out prior to public sale.

All remaining tickets for the game will go on sale to the general public
beginning June 1. Pre-order for tickets will be accepted via fax to the
Gator Bowl Association at 904-632-2080.

“The Gator Bowl Association is extremely proud to be the host organization
for this year’s Pigskin Classic featuring the defending national champions,
Florida State, and western powerhouse, Brigham Young,” said Rick Catlett,
President of the Gator Bowl Association. “And once again, along with the
partnership of ABC Television and the prime-time audience they will
deliver, the City of Jacksonville will be showcased to the nation.”

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