Troy University and Duke University Selected to Play in the 76® Birmingham Bowl
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Troy University Trojans (11-2), representing the Sun Belt Conference, and Duke University Blue Devils (7-5), representing the Atlantic Coast Conference, will meet in the 76® Birmingham Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 23. The game will kick off at 11 a.m. CST at Birmingham’s Protective Stadium and will air on ABC and Bowl Season Radio.
“We have a great matchup this year with Troy and Duke playing at Protective Stadium. We look forward to having the teams and their fans spend the holidays in Birmingham to enjoy the unique southern hospitality and food that our city offers. We hope local football fans join the free pre-game bowl festivities at Uptown on December 22 and 23,” said 76® Birmingham Bowl Executive Director Mark Meadows. “We encourage everyone to purchase their tickets now while they are available.”
This will be the Trojans first appearance in the 76® Birmingham Bowl. They are back-to-back Sun Belt Champions.
“A bowl game is a reward for our players, our fans and our staff for an amazing season,” Troy Head Coach Jon Sumrall said. “This will be a fantastic opportunity for our program to show on a national stage the level of football played in the Sun Belt Conference against an opponent from the ACC. Make no mistake, we’re going to Birmingham to win a football game, but we’re also going to ensure that our players have a great experience and are rewarded for their championship season.”
“The back-to-back Sun Belt Champions are headed to the premier Sun Belt Conference bowl game for a second straight season,” Athletics Director Brent Jones said. “There are very few bowls matching up a Group of Five school against a Power Five opponent, and for Troy to secure one of those coveted matchups shows the strength of the Troy Football brand and the elite status of the Sun Belt Conference. The Birmingham Bowl will be an amazing experience for our student-athletes and fans to celebrate another Sun Belt Championship.”
This will be Duke’s first appearance in the 76® Birmingham Bowl, but the Blue Devils have played in Birmingham in the 1989 All-American Bowl. “Special thanks to Mark Meadows and the 76® Birmingham Bowl for this opportunity — we are excited to travel to Birmingham and play an excellent Sun Belt champion Troy team. I am very familiar with the City of Birmingham, so I know our players and fans will have a great experience,” said Duke Interim Head Coach Trooper Taylor.
“We are absolutely thrilled to accept the invitation to play in the 76® Birmingham Bowl! Our young men, coaches, and staff have earned the opportunity to play a 13th game this season and, led by our seniors, we’ll prepare to compete against a terrific Troy University football team. We are deeply appreciative to Mark Meadows and the bowl game staff, as I know that everyone affiliated with our program, including our incredible fans, will have a first-class experience in Birmingham,” said Duke Vice President and Director of Athletics, Nina King.
The two teams have played twice before, in 2013 and 2014. Duke won both matchups.
All seating at Protective Stadium is reserved and can be purchased at birminghambowl.com. All tickets will be delivered digitally. For information on Premium Seating, hospitality and branding opportunities, contact Mark Meadows at [email protected].
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