The TicketCity Bowl Experience

Cory Morrow starts off the game at 10:50am with an amazing rendition of our National Anthem.  Three Air force Jets then wiz over the Cotton Bowl at more than 500 mph and the crowd of nearly 50,000 ROARS!  Three men then parachute into the Cotton Bowl with the TicketCity game ball in hand and deliver it to the referees. The ref calls me and my twin boys, Alec and Derek, and Clark’s son, Ryan, over to the huddle for the pre-game coin toss and all was quiet.

At the game with my son Derek (far right) and country music singer Cory Morrow (center).

I looked at the players and said “Gentleman, victory loves preparation and you all have prepared yourselves to be victorious today.  Will you play with the soul of a lion (and I looked at the Penn State players) and the heart of a cougar (and I looked at the Houston players) and leave everything you’ve got on the field today?”  Both teams’ players looked at me and said “YES SIR.”  I threw the silver dollar higher than any coin had ever been tossed.  The Houston player called heads, and after two seconds the coin finally came down and banged the helmet of a Penn State player. The coin flew onto the grass and landed on tails.  Penn State had won the toss and deferred until the second half.

It was a great game, with the University of Houston ultimately coming out on top.

With the game finally over, I am about to deliver this HUGE amazing TicketCity Bowl Eagle trophy to the victorious Houston Cougars and the players surround me.  I look at them and all is quiet. I said, “Gentleman, victory loves preparation and you all have definitely prepared yourselves to be victorious today.”  Case Keenum, who was in the huddle at the beginning of the game for the coin toss, looks at me and shouts out, “Heart of a cougar baby! Heart of a cougar!

I said “On three everyone give me a big WOO WOO!, 1,2, 3…” The team shouts “WOO WOO” and spontaneously starts jumping up and down around Tom Starr, the TicketCity Bowl President, and myself in celebration.   Wow! What a game.

Thanks to both Penn State and the University of Houston for the great game, and to all of the fans that came out to support these to great teams.

Me with part of the gang at this year's TicketCity Bowl.

TicketCity’s Top-Selling Bowl Games: Hello, Music City Bowl

Bowl season has officially kicked off, but that hasn’t stopped the tickets from flying out of our office. This list represents the bowls that moved the most number of tickets in the past week, and it’s seen some movement. The Music City Bowl creeps into our top-five, and the Cotton Bowl regains its second spot on the list after a slight lull last week. The Cotton Bowl is also second only to the BCS Championship Game in terms of total reciepts.

  • TicketCity Bowl – Texas Tech vs Northwestern
  • Cotton Bowl – Texas A&M vs LSU
  • Sugar Bowl – Arkansas vs Ohio State
  • Texas Bowl – Baylor vs Illinois
  • Music City Bowl – North Carolina vs Tennessee
  • BCS National Championship – Auburn vs Oregon
  • Alamo Bowl – Oklahoma State vs Arizona
  • Capital One Bowl – Alabama vs Michigan State
  • Chick-fil-A Bowl – Florida State vs South Carolina
  • Outback Bowl – Florida vs Penn State

2011 TicketCity Bowl Seating Chart

Here is the seating chart for the inaugural TicketCity Bowl. Cotton Bowl Stadium will be home to this match-up, where a Big Ten team and Big 12 team will meet. It happens New Years Day in Dallas, Texas.

2011 TicketCity Bowl Seating Chart - Cotton Bowl Stadium

2011 TicketCity Bowl Seating Chart

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The TicketCity Bowl Touches Down in Dallas On New Year’s Day!

TicketCity Named Title Sponsor of the Inaugural TicketCity Bowl
Dallas Football Classic renamed the TicketCity Bowl

TicketCity Bowl LogoAUSTIN, TX (BusinessWire – November 8, 2010) Bowl officials announced today that TicketCity, a leader in the secondary ticket industry for more than 20 years, has become the title sponsor of the Dallas Football Classic, now officially named the TicketCity Bowl.

The inaugural TicketCity Bowl will be held on January 1, 2011 at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, TX. The bowl will host teams from the Big Ten and the Big 12 conferences. Those teams will officially be announced on December 5, 2010. The Cotton Bowl Stadium last hosted a college football post-season game in January 2009. This is the Austin, TX-based retailer’s first year sponsoring the bowl.

“We are more than excited to be part of the continuing tradition of post-season college football at the historic Cotton Bowl,” says Randy Cohen, Founder and CEO of TicketCity. “We look forward to this opportunity to be part of an unforgettable experience for TicketCity clients, our employees, college football fans and the Dallas community. What a way to kick off the New Year!”

Nearing its 90th anniversary, the Cotton Bowl Stadium has seen countless NFL and college football champions crowned on its field and ranks second only to the Rose Bowl in having hosted the most bowl games. Renovations made in 2008 ensure the 92,000-seat stadium is ready for TicketCity Bowl action, and to welcome in the New Year with the first college football game of 2011.

“Obviously we are extremely pleased to have TicketCity as our title partner,” says Tom Starr, Bowl President & CEO. “The rapid rise of TicketCity to the top of its field of endeavor is a story that we hope to emulate with our new bowl. The name is a natural for a bowl game and we are honored to have it in our title as we kick off what is destined to become a major New Year’s Day post-season college football attraction.”

Tickets for the TicketCity Bowl are available at and directly from the bowl. The event is set to take place on January 1, 2011 at 11am CST and will be broadcast on ESPNU. The game kicks off an action-packed New Year’s Day of bowl games, culminating with the Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl that same evening.

Additional TicketCity bowl sponsorships include the BBVA Compass Bowl, Beef O’ Brady’s Bowl, Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, New Mexico Bowl and the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. TicketCity’s official collegiate partnerships include Georgia Tech Athletics, TCU Athletics, University of California, Berkeley Athletics, Vanderbilt University Athletics, and a variety of other university sponsorships.

About TicketCity
Based in Austin, TX, TicketCity offers a marketplace for fans to buy and sell tickets for all sports, concerts, and theatre events. Specializing in tickets for all college and professional sports and championship events, including college bowl games and the Super Bowl. For more than 20 years TicketCity has provided personal service to clients around the world. TicketCity partners include Time Inc.’s Sports Illustrated, NBC Sports, and FoxSports’ Scout network. TicketCity has been named to Inc Magazine’s prestigious Inc 5000 list in 2007, 2008, and 2009.

TicketCity Contact:
Kelley Rochna, Marketing Manager