ADVOCARE V100™ INDEPENDENCE BOWL TO PARTNER WITH SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE FOR 2012-2013 GAMES
Shreveport, La. – The AdvoCare V100™ Independence Bowl and the Southeastern Conference have announced an agreement that will begin with a team from the conference participating in the 2012 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl set for Friday, Dec. 28 at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
“We are obviously thrilled to be back in the game with the SEC,” said 2012 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl chairman Jack Andres. “We enjoyed 15 years of success with them from 1995-2009, and we’ve hosted 10 of their teams in our game, including newcomers Texas A&M and most recently Missouri. Our local ticket buyers and sponsors are familiar with the teams in the SEC and we hope this will generate even more local support for our game. We sincerely appreciate the willingness of Commissioner Thompson and Bret Gilliland at the Mountain West to work with us on making this happen.”
This announcement is a reunion with the SEC for the Independence Bowl as it previously partnered with the SEC for 15 years from 1995-2009. The AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl will now match the SEC #9 selection after the BCS versus the ACC # 6 selection following the BCS, thus ending the game’s relationship with the Mountain West Conference, which began in 2010. The Mountain West has reached a two-year agreement with the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl for a member institution to participate in its 2012 and 2013 games.
“We have enjoyed our relationship with the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl,” said Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson. “Although continued conference realignment has necessitated an adjustment in our bowl partnerships, we were able to identify an amicable solution for all parties and we wish the folks in Shreveport the best of luck going forward.”
The SEC owns a 13-3 all-time mark in the Independence Bowl, with Ole Miss (4-1) having the most wins and five other teams sporting perfect records. Most recently Georgia defeated Texas A&M, 44-20, in the 2009 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl and Missouri beat North Carolina, 41-24 in this past year’s game, as Missouri was still a member of the Big 12 Conference. Since the game’s inception in 1976 the Independence Bowl has hosted 10 of the SEC’s current member institutions. The Independence Bowl is the 11th oldest of the 35 bowl games.
“With the addition of Missouri and Texas A&M, we were looking to expand our bowl lineup and we are pleased to have the Independence Bowl back in our schedule,” said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. “The Independence Bowl gives us a tie-in with the ACC, which will provide exciting competition in this high profile game.”
AdvoCare V100 is currently in its fourth year as the game’s title partner. AdvoCare also sponsors the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series Race, as well as partnering with Richard Childress Racing as the title sponsor of the No. 3 car for 20 races this season.
“We at AdvoCare are very excited to “be back” with the SEC,” stated AdvoCare President and CEO Richard Wright. “The SEC is a conference of champions and we look forward to hosting SEC teams for many years to come.”
The Independence Bowl now joins the Chick-fil-A and Music City Bowls in matching up teams from the ACC and SEC. According to ACC Commissioner John Swofford, “Anytime you have an ACC-SEC bowl matchup in the south it is a formula for success. We look forward to another such competition opportunity going forward in Shreveport.”
AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl Ticket and Sponsorship Information
The deadline for payment on all renewals was Friday, June 1, 2012. Individual ticket prices in 2012 are $47 for sideline and $37 for south end zone and now $25 for north end zone seats.
Military tickets can be purchased by active military personnel in person at the Bowl Office for a special discounted price of $32 for south end zone and $42 for sideline bench seats. Those wishing to donate tickets to the military can do so at those same prices.
This year fans can take advantage of an Early-Bird special on sideline bench tickets. Tickets in this area can be purchased for $42 until Aug. 31.
The AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl has revised several of its ticket packages this year. The “Johnny’s Catfish and Seafood Family 4-Pack”, All-In Zone, Touchdown Club, and Patriot Pack offer fans a chance to save money for their group outing to the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl.
The “Johnny’s Catfish and Seafood Family 4-Pack” is a ticket package which includes four sideline bench tickets, four hot dogs, four soft drinks, and a Blue Lot parking pass and a voucher for a souvenir game program all for only $196. The ticket package also includes a “Johnny’s Catfish Family Pack”, a $20 value. This saves fans more than $70 off of the regular price.
The Touchdown Club is a ticket package specially designed for larger groups. This package includes 10 south end zone tickets, and 10 shuttle tickets for $380, which saves fans $50 off the normal price.
The Patriot Pack includes a group of 20 seats in the north end zone or sidelines respectively plus shuttle tickets and recognition at the game for your business or large group. Patriot Pack members also get an invitation to the annual Team Announcement Party in December. Stay tuned for more information on ticket packages throughout the year.
Also available again this year is the All-In Zone package. The All-In Zone is a $60 ticket in the south end zone which includes an all-you-can eat voucher for hamburgers, hot dogs, soft drinks, water, and chips throughout the game.
The Kid’s Corner Youth Ticket Initiative allows businesses and individuals the opportunity to donate 25 or more tickets to a youth-oriented non-profit organization of their choice, such as the YMCA, Volunteers of America, or Boys and Girls Club. This program is also a great way for youth groups to sit together at the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl in a fun and safe environment.
Information on becoming a member of the Independence Bowl Foundation or a corporate sponsor of the bowl is also available at the Bowl Office located on the ground floor of the American Tower in downtown Shreveport at 401 Market Street, Suite 120. Those interested may also contact the Bowl Office at 318.221.0712 or toll free at 888.414.BOWL (2695) or visit the bowl’s official website at www.independencebowl.org.