Ticket sales are 'Peachy'

There's a lot to be said for a ''short'' bowl trip.

Even in the wake of a disappointing 8-4 regular season, Tennessee's football fans are excited about travelling to Atlanta for the Dec. 31 Peach Bowl game between the Vols and the ACC runnerup Maryland Terrapins. According to UT officials, Big Orange boosters purchased more than 11,000 tickets in the first 2 1/2 days of sales.

"Our team is grateful for the excited response of Tennessee fans to spending New Years Eve in Atlanta rooting on the Volunteers," head coach Phillip Fulmer said. ''The atmosphere at the Georgia Dome has been great when weve played there and we want Vol fans out in force once again.''

Peach Bowl ticket sales to Tennessee fans numbered 11,335 at the close of business Tuesday. Season-ticket holders and donors have until Friday to exercise their priority. In addition, UT students already have purchased more tickets than they did for the Vols' previous two bowl trips (Cotton and Citrus) combined.

"The atmosphere of college football in the Georgia Dome is great," said Dara Worrell, UT assistant athletics director and ticket manager. "We think Volunteer students, fans and alumni will paint Atlanta orange in support of Tennessee football.''

The athletics ticket office is taking orders at the UTSports.com Web site (www.utsports.com ), by phone (865/656-1200) and in person at the Thompson-Boling Arena ticket office. To accommodate demand, ticket office hours have been extended and are now 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. through Friday afternoon. Tickets purchased by mail, phone or Internet will be shipped Dec. 17 or be available for will call pickup Dec. 18.

Tickets will remain on sale until the game is sold out.

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