Gator Bowl adds 6,000 extra seats

The hottest ticket of the bowl season might just be a non-BCS game. After selling out their bowl game in less than two hours, the Gator Bowl association is adding 6,000 extra seats for Bobby Bowden's farewell.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Gator Bowl is adding extra seats for Bobby Bowden's finale.

Two days after the bowl announced a sellout for its Jan. 1 game between Florida State and West Virginia, organizers decided to add temporary bleachers -- much like the city does for the annual Florida-Georgia game at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.

The bleachers will provide an extra 6,000 seats, with the tickets getting split evenly between the schools.

The extra seats will increase stadium capacity to 83,500. The Gator Bowl sold every ticket to the game in less than two hours Sunday.

Bowden announced last week that the bowl game would be his last. The Gator Bowl passed up Clemson, Miami and Boston College to select the Seminoles and give Bowden an alluring matchup in his finale.

The announcement of Bobby Bowden's retirement has Gator Bowl ticket sales through the roof.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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