The University of Cincinnati Accepts Bid to Play in 2013 Belk Bowl

Will Represent American Athletic Conference in Charlotte on Saturday, December 28th against the Atlantic Coast Conference

Charlotte, N.C. – The Belk Bowl, with the second pick in the American Athletic Conference after the BCS, announced today that the University of Cincinnati Bearcats have accepted an invitation to the 2013 Belk Bowl. Cincinnati will face a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference, expected to be announced at 8:45 p.m. on Sunday. The Bearcats will be making their second appearance in the game, after defeating Duke 48-34 last year in Charlotte.

Cincinnati finished the regular season with a 9-3 overall record (6-2 American, second place). They won six of their last seven games to end the season.

“We are delighted to have the University of Cincinnati returning to the 2013 Belk Bowl,” said Will Webb, Belk Bowl Executive Director. “The Bearcats are a very good team that should provide a great matchup in Charlotte for its opponent. The university and its fans had a great showing last year and we look forward to hosting them again for the 2013 Belk Bowl.”

“We are so pleased to be going to Charlotte to play in the 2013 Belk Bowl,” said Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville. “The opportunity to play another game is huge for our team, our fans and for recruiting. It’s exciting and a tribute to our great fans that the Belk Bowl has selected UC two years in a row and I look forward to seeing Bearcats Nation in Charlotte on December 28."

College football’s only bowl game to call the Carolinas home, the Belk Bowl will take place on Saturday, December 28th, with a 3:20 p.m. kickoff and televised nationally on ESPN. The Belk Bowl has averaged almost 60,000 fans each year, with three sellouts. In its history, the game has reached over 30 million households while drawing almost 400,000 fans to FanFest.

Multi-Grammy nominee and CMA Entertainer of the Year Blake Shelton will be the featured act at the 2013 Belk Bowl FanFest, taking place outside the stadium before the game. The Belk Bowl FanFest is free to the public and will begin at 11:00 a.m., with Shelton scheduled to begin his performance at 1:30 p.m.

Upper Level Seats begin at just $35 and Lower Level Seats start at $75. Club Level Seats start at $100. Individual tickets are available through the official website www.BelkBowl.com, Ticketmaster and directly through the University of Cincinnati by visiting GoBearcats.com

To order from Ticketmaster by phone, call 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the Carolina Panthers Box Office, located at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

The Charlotte Sports Foundation, a non-profit organization, runs the Belk Bowl and serves as the local organizing committee for the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game.

Fans can visit the official website, www.BelkBowl.com, for more information about the game and surrounding events.