Plans, Ticket Prices Announced for Seattle Bowl

Sept. 21, 2001

SEATTLE (AP) - Organizers of the inaugural Seattle Bowl have announcedseating plans, ticket prices and other arrangements for the successor to theOahu Bowl.

If it succeeds, that is.

The game is set for Dec. 27, with tickets going for $15 to $75 at SafecoField. It may be the only football game that will be played in the baseballstadium built for the Seattle Mariners.

In future years, the game would be on Dec. 29, 30 or 31 at the neighboringSeattle Seahawks' stadium currently under construction.

'We're excited about the game's possibilities,' said Jim Haugh of the Sportsand Events Council of Seattle-King County.

As yet, there is no prime sponsor. Jeep withdrew after the game was movedfrom Hawaii. The cost for a naming sponsor is $1.5 million.

The Seattle Bowl has a five-year television deal with ESPN but only one yearto convince the Pac-10 and ACC, which are under contract to send theirfourth-place teams this year, that the game has a solid future.

The third-place Pac-10 team is slated for the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas,and the fifth-place team for the Las Vegas Bowl.

'It could well be to everyone's advantage that the Las Vegas Bowl (onChristmas Day) get a southern team and the Seattle Bowl a northern team,'Pac-10 executive director Tom Hansen said, 'and I know the people at the SunBowl are very much in favor of not having teams repeat. It's a matter ofeveryone working together.'

The Aloha and Oahu bowls were moved out of Honolulu after last year. TheAloha was supposed to go to San Francisco, but wound up folding when theGiants, television and local promoters failed to agree on a date at Pac BellPark.

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