Peach President Happy With Ticket Sales

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn and North Carolina are expected to play before a sellout crowd on New Year's Eve as the two teams square off in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta.

Auburn has sold more than 18,000 seats through its ticket office and has less than 1,500 available. Orders are being taken by calling 1-800-AUB-1957 or can be purchased on-line at www.auburn.edu/athletics/ticket.

Peach Bowl president Gary Stokan said on Saturday that there are just 996 remaining tickets available for sale at their office in Atlanta. "Sales are going very well with both UNC and Auburn moving their allotments," he said. "And we have less than a thousand tickets left, so Atlanta fans looking for tickets better get them before we're sold out.

"The anticipation for this game is really starting to build," Stokan added. "These two teams are so evenly matched, we'll probably have another in our history of close games. It will certainly make for an exciting New Year's Eve celebration."

UNC was allotted 20,000 tickets for the game to and the Tar Heels are getting close to selling their entire allotment, too, Peach Bowl officials told Inside the Auburn Tigers on Saturday.

Auburn will bring a 7-4 mark into the game. This is the third Peach Bowl trip for the Tigers who defeated Indiana (1990) and Clemson (1997). North Carolina is 7-5 after starting the year with three straight losses. UNC, coached by rookie head coach John Bunting, then won five straight games before splitting its final four games.

Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville says the Tar Heels will pose a significant challenge. "North Carolina has a talented team and they have a lot of seniors on defense. They have a lot of good athletes and can run well. They also feature one of the premiere players in college football in (defensive end) Julius Peppers. Our players are looking forward to the challenge."

Peppers, a projected first round NFL draft pick at 6-6, 285 pounds, had 19 tackles behind the line of scrimmage with 9.5 quarterback sacks. The junior also has intercepted three passes.

The Peach Bowl game, which is being televised by ESPN, will kickoff at 6:30 p.m. CST.

The Tigers and Tar Heels have no common opponents. UNC is averaging 366.8 yards per game on offense and allowing 305.3. The last time the two teams met in football the Tigers prevailed with a 47-21 victory on Oct., 1, 1988 at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Auburn wrapped up its on-campus prepartions for the bowl on Friday and the team will begin daily practices at the Georgia Dome on Thursday the 27th.


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