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Auburn sells out of initial allotment of tickets for Birmingham Bowl

Michael Niziolek

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn wide receiver Ricardo Louis (5) catches a touchdown pass against Idaho during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, in Auburn, Ala.
Auburn wide receiver Ricardo Louis (5) catches a touchdown pass against Idaho during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, in Auburn, Ala. Albert Cesare

Auburn fans are taking advantage of the opportunity to see their team one more time this season.

The Tigers drew Memphis in the Birmingham Bowl on Dec. 30 at Legion Field and the program announced Thursday it had sold out of its initial allotment of 8,500 tickets.

Auburn’s group of tickets went on sale Sunday night and sold out before 5 p.m. Thursday. The university received an additional unspecified number of tickets that are available to purchase on the school’s website.

“We have a fantastic match-up featuring two teams who are just a few hours from our city,” Birmingham Bowl executive director Mark Meadows said in a statement when the game was announced. “We know that these fan bases will generate a lot of excitement for our 10th bowl game at historic Legion Field, and the people of Birmingham will show both sets of Tiger fans what true southern hospitality is while they are in town.”

This is the first time Auburn is making appearance in the Birmingham Bowl. The ESPN owned event has an agreement with the SEC and the American Athletic Conference.

Teams out of the SEC have won the last three Birmingham Bowls. Last year, Florida beat ECU 28-20.

Auburn is making its third straight postseason appearance and have a 0-2 record in bowl games under coach Gus Malzahn.

Michael Niziolek covers Auburn football for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Email him at mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

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