Bowl Announces Extension with Big East

Agreement Secures Big East Selection through 2013 Bowl Season

Charlotte, N.C. – Officials of the Meineke Car Care Bowl today announced a contract extension with the Big East Conference for four additional years, through the 2013 college football season. Under terms of the agreement, the bowl will have the third selection from the conference. An announcement is expected soon regarding the other conference affiliation.  

College football’s first bowl game to call the Carolinas home, the Meineke Car Care Bowl will take place on Saturday, December 26th at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. Set to kick off at 4:30 p.m., the game will feature the Big East against the Atlantic Coast Conference.

“We are very pleased to continue our relationship with the Meineke Car Care Bowl,” said Big East Commissioner John Marinatto. “The people at Raycom Sports have always put on a first-class event and the BIG EAST is proud to be a partner. Our schools and their fans have had great experiences in Charlotte.”

“We are excited to continue our relationship with the Big East Conference for four more years,” said Will Webb, Executive Director of the Meineke Car Care Bowl. “The Big East has proven to be a great partner for the Meineke Car Care Bowl and we have enjoyed tremendous success together. We are proud to have the Big East and all the member institutions as part of the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte.”

Upper Level Seats are priced at $35 and Lower Level Seats are $65. Individual tickets are available only through TicketMaster. To purchase individual tickets, please visit any TicketMaster outlet in the southeast or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Club Level seats are only available through ticket and sponsorship packages. To purchase these packages, please call the Meineke Car Care Bowl office toll free at (800) 618-8149 or online at www.meinekecarcarebowl.com.

The 2008 Meineke Car Care Bowl drew a sellout crowd of 73,712 fans and ranked fourth overall in attendance for bowl games this past year, behind only the BCS Championship, Cotton Bowl and Fiesta Bowl. It has averaged over 62,000 fans each year with three sellouts in its seven years. In addition, the game has reached over 18 million television households. In 2003, it was named one of the five-best start-ups in sports over the past five years by the Sports Business Journal, behind only the NFL Houston Texans and ESPN the Magazine.