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NEW YEARS IN NEW ORLEANS

From CinciPulse - The Pulse of the City

The University of Cincinnati’s diehard football following, which brought over 17,000 fans to Miami last year, are once again putting their New Year’s plans together to follow the Bearcats to New Orleans for the 76th Allstate Sugar Bowl in the Louisiana Superdome.

  Two days after receiving word from the Bowl Championship Series Committee that No. 3 Cincinnati will face No. 5 Florida in the Sugar Bowl, direct Delta flights out of Cincinnati to New Orleans on Dec. 30 have sold out. There are limited seats available for Dec. 31.   Even charter buses are filling up as Croswell Bus Lines in Cincinnati has its entire fleet reserved to handle requests to transport fans to and from the game.   After a three-day pre-sale of tickets (Dec. 6-9) to season ticket holders, UCATS members, student season-ticket holders, and 2010 season ticket deposit holders, the Sugar Bowl tickets will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 8 a.m.   “This outpouring of support we have already received is important as we continue to show the BCS that the City of Cincinnati supports its two-time BIG EAST Conference champions and will travel to see them play anywhere in the country,” said UC Director of Athletics Mike Thomas.   This is UC's second-straight New Years Day appearance in a BCS game, and will mark the Bearcats' (12-0, 7-0 BIG EAST) first game in New Orleans since the 2002 New Orleans Bowl. Florida is 12-1 on the season, after falling to Alabama, 32-13, in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game last Saturday in the Georgia Dome. UC and Florida have met once before on the gridiron, a 48-17 Gators win in Gainesville on Oct. 20, 1984. UC is the first BIG EAST team to play in the Allstate Sugar Bowl since West Virginia knocked off Georgia, 38-35, on Jan. 2, 2006. BIG EAST teams are 3-3 all time in the Sugar Bowl.

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