Chick-fil-A Bowl Achieves Earliest Sellout in its History
All tickets have been sold for the final ACC vs. SEC rivalry game before the Bowl joins the College Football Playoff next year.
ATLANTA (Nov. 6, 2013) – There are still four weekends of college football yet to be played, but today, Chick-fil-A Bowl officials announced the earliest sellout in its history, nearly a month before the teams who will play in the game are even known.
There has not been a Chick-fil-A Bowl game ticket available for sale on game day in 18 years, and this year will be no different. The final ACC vs. SEC rivalry game before the Chick-fil-A Bowl joins the College Football Playoffs next year will be its 17th straight sellout – a streak only exceeded by the Rose Bowl.
“There is no better way to end a 22-year era of great ACC-SEC match-ups than with another sold-out game,” said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Bowl president and CEO. “This streak is the result of an incredible local fan base and corporate community whose passion for college football is unmatched.”
The Bowl ticket office sold nearly 36,000 tickets to local and regional buyers. A record 94% of last year’s ticket buyers renewed their purchases for this year’s bowl game. All remaining tickets are contractually allocated to the Bowl’s ACC and SEC teams who will be selected on Dec. 8.
With the sellout of all tickets in the Bowl ticket office, only two ways remain to get your hands on tickets to the game.
Fans looking for ticket and hospitality packages can purchase one of the few remaining VIP Packages through PrimeSport, the Chick-fil-A Bowl’s exclusive ticket package provider. Visitwww.Chick-fil-ABowl.com to access the PrimeSport ticket package offers.
As a limited offer for the month of November, KIA, the Bowl’s official vehicle partner, will be offering two free tickets with the purchase of a new KIA at Atlanta-area dealerships. Check local dealerships for more information.
Over the last 16 years of the sellout streak, 1.15 million fans have attended Chick-fil-A Bowl games. In a more recent 10 year period, the Chick-fil-A Bowl ranks fourth in average annual attendance (71,825) among all bowls and has drawn more fans than two current BCS bowls – the Orange and Sugar. In its 45-year history, more than 2.5 million fans have attended Chick-fil-A Bowl games at three different venues in Atlanta.
About the Chick-fil-A Bowl
The Chick-fil-A Bowl is the ninth-oldest bowl game in the country and hosts the longest-running rivalry series between the ACC and SEC. Now in its 46th year, the Chick-fil-A Bowl has established itself as one of the nation’s elite bowl games with a string of 17 consecutive sellouts and has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the nation. Fifty-six percent of its games have been decided by a touchdown or less. The Chick-fil-A Bowl has disbursed more than $117 million in team payouts over its 45-year history and has increased team payout every year since 1996. The Bowl also leads all other bowl games in charitable and scholarship contributions, giving more than $15 million to organizations in need since 2002. On an annual basis, Chick-fil-A Bowl events deliver $60-90 million in economic impact for Atlanta. On television, Chick-fil-A Bowls are the number-one and four of the top 10 most-viewed non-BCS bowl games in ESPN history. The Chick-fil-A Bowl was a 2008 winner of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Philanthropy Award and was named a Top 300 Businesses of the South in 2011 by Business Leader Media. The Bowl was also the founding sponsor and original recruiter of the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. Other events under the Chick-fil-A Bowl brand include the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament each spring and the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game season-opening game over Labor Day weekend.
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