Nov. 29, 2004
Tallahassee, Fla. –
Florida State appears likely headed for another New Year’s Day bowl game as Toyota Gator Bowl officials have been candid about their desire to have the Seminoles in this year’s game. You can buy your tickets to the game right now on line at Seminoles.com or by phone at 1-888-FSU-NOLE.
BCS rules prevent the Toyota Gator Bowl from officially announcing their representative from the Atlantic Coast Conference until Tuesday when the BCS will actually release those league teams which will not participate in one of their four bowls.
It is important for Florida State fans to buy their tickets from the Seminole ticket office because each school is responsible for selling their allotment of tickets to the game. While FSU fans have turned out in record numbers at just about every Seminole bowl game over the last 15 years, our fans have not always purchased their tickets through FSU, particularly for in-state bowls, and as a result Florida State has not received the credit.
“I fully anticipate that we will receive a formal invitation soon from the Toyota Gator Bowl and we would enthusiastically welcome the chance to play in Jacksonville on New Year’s Day,” said FSU Director of Athletics Dave Hart. “The large number of Seminole fans in the Jacksonville area and the close proximity to Tallahassee make it a great game for our fans to attend. It would be especially unique this year because of the Gator Bowls’ status as hosts of the ACC Championship game next season. In addition, Alltel Stadium will host the Super Bowl just a few weeks after the Gator Bowl. We would be proud to be the ACC’s representative in this New Year’s Day bowl game and for a chance to close our 2004 season on a winning note.”
Florida State is 4-0-1 in the Gator Bowl and last played there in 2001 defeating Virginia Tech 30-17. The only meeting in history between Florida State and West Virginia came in the 1982 Gator Bowl with FSU prevailing 31-12. FSU has played in three Gator Bowls which rank among the bowl’s top 13 in terms of attendance. The 1982 game against West Virginia drew 80,913 and ranks as fifth best all-time. FSU defeated Oklahoma State 34-23 in 1985 in front of 79,417, which is the seventh best crowd. FSU’s 2001 appearance against Virginia Tech was the 13th largest crowd at 72,202.
The Gator Bowl is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 1, and will be carried nationally by NBC. Tickets from the FSU allotment for the Gator Bowl would be $40.00 each and orders are being taken right now at Seminoles.com and by phone at 1-888-FSU-NOLE.