Washington, D.C . -- The DC Bowl Committee today announced tickets for the 2011 Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman will go on sale this Saturday, October 1. Ticket prices start at $25. This year's game will feature the Navy Midshipmen versus an opponent from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), both pending bowl eligibility, on Wednesday, December 28 at 4:30 p.m. EST at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The game, which benefits the USO, will be televised live nationally on ESPN for the fourth straight year.
Beginning Saturday, fans interested in purchasing tickets for the Military Bowl will have the ability to take advantage of a new service—ticket options offered exclusively through OptionIt. A leader in the next generation of ticket buying for sports and entertainment events, OptionIt provides fans the ability to reserve discounted tickets. By purchasing an option for tickets, fans will have the opportunity to exercise their option to purchase their tickets at a discount after the Military Bowl match-up is announced on December 4. Fans can purchase ticket options for the 2011 Military Bowl by visiting www.OptionIt.com .
"We are pleased to introduce this innovative new partnership, joining the Baltimore Ravens, Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards in utilizing OptionIt," Military Bowl President and Executive Director Steve Beck said. "Bowl games bring a measure of importance to the college football regular season unmatched by other sports, but are subject to complexities of determining our matchups before the conclusion of the season. By offering ticket options, local college football fans have the opportunity to reserve tickets for a great bowl game experience, while allowing them the flexibility to make their purchase decision after the 2011 participants are announced."
Ticket prices remain the same as the 2010 game, building on momentum from the record crowd of 38,794 who watched the University of Maryland defeat East Carolina University 51-20. Military Bowl tickets are priced at $25, $55, and $90 and can be purchased through the Military Bowl's website or at Ticketmaster.com.
Free tickets are made available to the military through Military Bowl Touchdown Club members and through donations on the Military Bowl's website. Each $25 donation provides one military member with seating for the game. Those tickets will be available through the USO in December. Service members can sign-up to receive updates about free tickets to the Military Bowl at www.usometro.org/tickets .
Tickets go on sale in conjunction with the 50 th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium's opening on October 1, 1961. The stadium is a longstanding monument to the tradition of football in the nation's capital. RFK Stadium has served as the home to D.C.'s first and only post-season football game since 2008, and was home to the Washington Redskins for 36 seasons. The stadium is easily accessible by Metro and on-site parking is available.
About the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman
The Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman has been held in Washington, D.C.'s historic RFK Stadium since 2008. Organized by the DC Bowl Committee, Inc. and Events DC, the Military Bowl serves as a premier regional event benefiting the USO. With first-rate participants and events, the Military Bowl seeks to generate broad support for the USO, positively impact the regional economy, honor the U.S. military and solidify the nation's capital as a leading college football destination. For more information, please visit www.MilitaryBowl.org , www.facebook.com/MilitaryBowl and www.twitter.com/MilitaryBowl .
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