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Tickets to Gator Bowl available

December 12, 2003|by BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland is hoping Terrapins fans aren't believing everything they read.

Officials at the Gator Bowl proclaimed the New Year's Day game between Maryland and West Virginia to be a total sellout.

But the Gator Bowl forgot to ask the Terrapins.

In fact, Maryland had 6,000 seats still available for the Jan. 1 game in Jacksonville, Fla. Sports Information Director Doug Dull announced Terps fans had purchased 11,000 as of Monday afternoon, but there was still work to be done.

"We still have tickets available," Dull said.

Maryland received an initial allotment of 12,750 tickets to sell to its fans through the school's ticket office. The Gator Bowl reserved the better seats in Alltel Stadium, the home of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, for the fans of the two schools.

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When the sale of tickets started out briskly, Maryland officials asked for 4,250 more.

"We're pleased that ticket sales have been so strong and that we'll have at least 17,000 Terp fans purchase tickets through our ticket office," said Maryland's senior associate athletic director Lerry Leckonby, who oversees the ticket sales.

Maryland is continuing to take orders at its ticket office. West Virginia has reportedly sold 21,000 tickets for the game.

The Terps had between 23,000 and 24,000 fans at the 2002 Orange Bowl and nearly 16,000 fans at last year's Peach Bowl.

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