Bama's Bowl Game Now Official

Alabama's bowl bid to play Minnesota in Nashville's Music City Bowl, a near certainty for the past two weeks, was made official Saturday night.

Representatives of the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl Presented by Bridgestone announced today The Alabama Crimson Tide (6-5) will represent the Southeastern Conference in the seventh annual Bowl and face the Big Ten's Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-5), Friday, Dec. 31 at 11 a.m. at The Coliseum. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN.

"Nashville is a great city with a lot of loyal Alabama fans," Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore said. "We're looking forward to going to the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl Presented by Bridgestone and having a great time for our coaches, players and fans."

The 2004 trip will mark the second appearance for both teams.

The Tide, currently ranked first in the nation in pass defense and second in the nation in total defense, was defeated by Virginia Tech 38-7 in 1998, while Minnesota was crowned 2002 Music City Bowl champions after a 29-14 win against Arkansas.

Ticket prices for the Bowl begin at $15 and $30 for Upper Level, $45 for Lower Level and $65 for Club Level and are available in all sections of The Coliseum. Tickets can be purchased in Nashville by calling Ticketmaster at 615-255-9600 or by visiting and by going to .

The Bowl, entering its seventh year, features an SEC and Big Ten match-up, two of the premier conferences in college football. Since its inception, the Bowl has produced a $69 million economic impact; 29 million television viewers have watched the Bowl on ESPN; and more than $10 million has been contributed to the participating universities through the Bowl's payout.

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