NCAA Football

2006 Gator Bowl

Congratulations to all the participants in the 2005-06 Toyota Gator Bowl, and especially to the Virginia Tech Hokies for their 35-24 victory over the Louisville Cardinals

The 2005-06 Gator Bowl will match 9-2 Louisville of the Big East Conference against 10-2 Virginia Tech of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Get your Gator Bowl tickets to be there and cheer for your Louisville Cardinals or your Virginia Tech Hokies!

The Toyota Gator Bowl is a contest of teams from the ACC and the Big East, or Notre Dame, following the BCS selection. Its long and glorious history stems back to New Year's Day of 1946, when Wake Forest bested South Carolina, 26-14. In 1955, the Gator Bowl became the first collegiate bowl game to be televised coast to coast, and it has been part of America's holiday season ever since.

Still, why stay home and watch the Toyota Gator Bowl indoors, when you could head for sunny Jacksonville, Florida? See if you can pick out future NFL players from the rosters. After all, the Gator Bowl was a step in the careers of guys like Dan Marino, Michael Vick, Earl Campbell, Thurman Thomas, Archie Manning, Larry Csonka, and Peyton Manning, to name but a few. Over the decades, some 175 first-team All-Americans have participated.

The Toyota Gator Bowl not only provides first-rate athletic competition but also spurs the local economy and raises funds for charity. Its special focus is kids, as can be seen in many of the events surrounding the game. These include a 5K Run in which donors have the option to 'Run For A Child' who is a patient at Wolfson Children's Hospital, the Winn-Dixie Hometown Gator Bowl Parade preceded by a Little Red Wagon Pull, a kid-friendly tailgate party. Local businesses make tickets to the game available to youth organizations, local children participate in a pregame dance show, and kids take over the field right after the game for rounds of flag football.

Alltel Stadium is the home base for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars. Opened in 1995, on the site of the old Gator Bowl, the facility was upgraded to the tune of $47 million to host Super Bowl XXXIX in February 2005. Outside escalators to whisk fans into the 82,000 seat arena are just one example of the facility's unique luxuries. The Alltel is now the venue for the ACC Championship, a playoff inaugurated in 2005. It also provides neutral ground for a fearsome football rivalry dating back to 1915, diplomatically referred to as the Georgia-Florida game one year and the Florida-Georgia game the next.

If you love football or just great fun in the sun, get your tickets now to start the New Year off right at the Toyota Gator Bowl.

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