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About 60K tickets sold for 2014 Gator Bowl

11:08 AM, Jan 2, 2014   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The rain was steady, starting right before kickoff and picking up during the game.  Fans who traveled from the Midwest for the 2014 Gator Bowl are headed home said they expected a bit more sunshine.

"It's very nice, hopefully get some without a lot of rain. Had a great time," said Nebraska fan Randy Hinton.

Rain is something the Gator Bowl usually doesn't have to deal with.   

"If it is going to rain game day it is better than New Year's Eve. New Year's Eve went off without a hitch," said Gator Bowl Executive Director Rick Catlett, who's been at the helm for two decades.

Sixty thousand tickets were distributed, maybe 50,000 in stands with the number trailing off as the game went on.

The Gator Bowl is already looking ahead to new year and drying off from Wednesday's game. Rain is part of the equation, just something that doesn't happen often for new year's day tradition.

"It is the first time it rained during the game," Catlett said. "Of course had Coach Bowden's last game it was raining before the game. We always said he walked out on the field and the sun came out. That was the first time had rain throughout the whole game in twenty years."

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