"We are extremely happy to invite an inspired program such as North Carolina to the 2004 Continental Tire Bowl," said executive director Will Webb. "With their fight to earn a bowl berth, they have proven to be a team of great heart and character. We feel the Tar Heels will carry that enthusiasm over to the streets of Charlotte during the Uptown Street Festival and Pep Rally. No matter who is selected from the Big East, the Continental Tire Bowl will once again be an excellent opportunity for fans to experience an exciting and competitive college bowl game."
"We are thrilled to represent the state of North Carolina in Charlotte at the Continental Tire Bowl," said head coach John Bunting. "This is a fitting reward for a team that has battled all season long, believed in themselves and never quit. After meeting today with Raycom officials, we know our players, coaches and fans will be richly rewarded."
"I'm proud of our student-athletes and coaching staff and excited for our fans," said Dick Baddour, North Carolina Director of Athletics. ³This is something they deserve and I congratulate them for their dedication and hard work throughout the season. North Carolina has a great relationship with Raycom Sports and the city of Charlotte. We look forward to a fantastic turnout from the Tar Heel faithful at the Pep Rally the day before the game and at the game on Dec. 30."
North Carolina finished the season 6-5 overall and 5-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Tar Heels upset then-No.4-ranked Miami in Chapel Hill, 31-28, and finished the season winning four of their last six games. UNC became bowl eligible with a 40-17 victory over Duke in the season finale.
Tickets are now on sale for the game. Upper Level Seats are priced at $27.50, Lower Level seats are $52.50 and limited Club Level seats are $67.50.
Tickets can be purchased online at TarHeelBlue.com by clicking on the ticket button at the top of the main page. Fans may also call the UNC Ticket Office at 1-800-722-4335 to purchase tickets.