JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- TaxSlayer Bowl Chairman David Boree announced Wednesday that tickets to the 72nd annual TaxSlayer Bowl are now on sale to the public.
This year's game, in its sixth year of a naming rights partnership with TaxSlayer.com, will be played Saturday, Dec. 31, at 11 a.m. at EverBank Field and will be nationally televised on ESPN. Tickets are available at taxslayerbowl.com or through Ticketmaster.
"TaxSlayer is honored to be the naming rights sponsor of this iconic Bowl game. It is a legacy in college football and we are extremely proud to be a part of such a dedicated and professional Bowl family," said TaxSlayer.com President and CEO Brian Rhodes.
The match-up will include a representative from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and a visiting team from the Big Ten Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) or Notre Dame.
TaxSlayer Bowl Selection Process
In each year of the current six-year agreement, a team will come from the Southeastern Conference.
Once the teams for the New Year's Six Bowls and the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl are selected, the Southeastern Conference has created a Tier 1 Bowl pool that is made up of the TaxSlayer Bowl, the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, the Outback Bowl, the Belk Bowl and the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl. The pool of teams to populate these Bowls will be created by the Southeastern Conference and the Bowls will work with the Conference office and the schools' athletic directors to create the best matchups possible.
Atlantic Coast Conference/Notre Dame:
Once the teams for the New Year's Six Bowls and the Russell Athletic Bowl are selected, the Atlantic Coast Conference has created a Tier 1 pool that includes the TaxSlayer Bowl, the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, the Belk Bowl, the New Era Pinstripe Bowl and the Hyundai Sun Bowl. The Bowls will work with the Conference and the schools' athletic directors to create the best matchups while attempting to use regionalization in this process.
Big Ten Conference:
Once the teams for the New Year's Six Bowls are selected, the selection process is as follows:
1. Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl 2. Outback Bowl 3. National Funding Holiday Bowl 4. TaxSlayer Bowl/Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl 5. New Era Pinstripe Bowl
The conference office will work with the Bowls to ensure that the Big Ten teams do not have repeat games with the same Bowl.
TaxSlayer Bowl and Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Partnership:
The TaxSlayer Bowl and the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl have forged a partnership that allows the two Bowls to determine which Bowl selects a Big Ten team and which Bowl selects an ACC team in each year of this six-year agreement.
Final team selection for the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl will take place on Sunday, Dec. 4. The TaxSlayer Bowl's Selection Committee is currently considering Auburn, LSU and Florida from the SEC; Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin from the Big Ten; and Florida State, Miami, North Carolina and Virginia Tech from the ACC.
The TaxSlayer Bowl will have representatives attending the following games Saturday, Nov. 19:
Virginia Tech @ Notre Dame Florida State @ Syracuse Arkansas @ Mississippi State Ole Miss @ Vanderbilt Florida @ LSU
TaxSlayer.com, in conjunction with the TaxSlayer Bowl, has also launched its annual TaxSlayer Player Sweepstakes which provides fans the opportunity to enter to win a trip to Jacksonville for the TaxSlayer Bowl game and related events. The contest is currently underway and fans may enter through Dec. 14 at www.taxslayerbowl.com.
One grand prize will be awarded at the conclusion of the sweepstakes. The sweepstakes winner will receive a trip for two to the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl, which includes travel, accommodations and a VIP experience.
For more information about the TaxSlayer Bowl including tickets, parking and fan information, visit taxslayerbowl.com. To download the official TaxSlayer Bowl logo, visit taxslayerbowl.com/logos.