Bowl Ticket Sales Off To Strong Start

Mississippi State official expected a busy day handling ticket orders for the 2007 Liberty Bowl. But even they were surprised, and encouraged, by the strong response from Bulldog fans at their first post-season opportunity in seven years, as over 13,000 tickets have been requested already.

As of the end of Monday's business day, Mississippi State reported orders for 13,110 tickets to the Liberty Bowl game. This included orders placed on-line, by telephone, or in-person, all placed since 8:30 this morning.

MSU officials point out that not all phone-orders had been entered into the priority system. They report perhaps half of these orders had been entered simply because of the pace these were received and busy phone lines. Ticket Office staff were still working into Monday evening to enter these after the close of the business day.

Also, Bulldog Club director Greg Byrne clarified an aspect of ordering tickets that has been mis-understood by some fans. According to an official release by MSU last week, ticket priorities based on Bulldog Club status won't be determined until after Friday's business day. This does not mean non-Club members cannot make their orders before Friday. Current season-ticket holders can place Bowl ticket orders all week even if they are not members of the Bulldog Club.

In only one day, Mississippi State fans have placed orders for over half the initial allotment of 23,500 tickets requested from the Liberty Bowl by MSU. And State officials have said that the Bowl will make more tickets available to meet MSU's needs.

Mississippi State set a then-Liberty Bowl record for advance sales in 1991. And the crowd to watch that year's game is still the all-time Bowl record.

The SEC Bulldogs play Conference USA champions Central Florida in the Liberty Bowl on December 29, at 3:30ct.

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