UNC Fans Make a Statement

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - University of North Carolina fans and supporters took full advantage of their first opportunity to buy game tickets on Monday laying claim to 7,413 tickets to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl played Dec. 31 in Atlanta. The Tar Heels were extended a bid to play in this year's Bowl after Saturday's victory over SMU in Chapel Hill.

"This is why I love working in the bowl business so much. The passion of these Carolina fans is really very special," said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl president. "This is a team that earned their way to Atlanta on the football field, and now their fans are showing up in big numbers to come down and share in the celebration. That's what a true bowl game experience is all about."

UNC fans in the Atlanta area were responsible for 2,427 of all tickets sold Monday and the sales aren't slowing down. As of Wednesday, more than 11,000 tickets were in the hands of the Carolina contingent. The Tar Heels' opponent from the Southeastern Conference will be announced Dec. 9.

"Our fans are really excited to be in a bowl of this caliber against a quality opponent from the SEC," said Clint Gwaltney, UNC's director of ticket operations. "We're all looking forward to making the trip to Atlanta and I think we'll have a great crowd."

The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is the only guaranteed ACC vs. SEC match-up and is recognized as the most competitive bowl game in history with an average margin of victory of 8.8 points. The 2001 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will be played 7:30 p.m., Dec. 31 in the Georgia Dome and will be nationally televised on ESPN.

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