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Bronco bowl tickets and travel packages go on sale

Dec. 5, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Tickets and travel packages are on sale now for the inaugural International Bowl, which will be held Saturday, Jan. 6, beginning at noon at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

The first bowl game played outside the United States in nearly 70 years will match the University of Cincinnati Bearcats of the Big East Conference versus the Western Michigan University Broncos of the Mid-American Conference.

Game tickets are on sale through the WMU Athletic Ticket Office at reduced prices of only $30 for Bronco fans and $15 for WMU students. All tickets sold through WMU are prime seating in the section reserved for Bronco faithful. Tickets can be purchased online through wmubroncos.com or by calling toll free (888) 4-WMU-TIX.

Travel packages do not include game tickets.

Official WMU bowl travel packages include round-trip bus transportation from either Kalamazoo or Detroit to Toronto, overnight accommodations at the Sheraton Centre, tickets for the official WMU pre-game party and a bowl tour souvenir.

Tickets for the official WMU pre-game party are included in the travel package or can be purchased separately online through www.wmich.edu/alumni or by calling the WMU Alumni Association at (269) 387-8777.

Visit Go Broncos at www.wmich.edu/gobroncos for direct links to purchase game tickets, travel packages, game merchandise and tickets for the Alumni Association-sponsored pre-game party.

More about the game

WMU finished the 2006 regular season with an 8-4 overall record and was 6-2 in the MAC. The eight wins were the most since the Broncos posted nine during the 2000 campaign. Cincinnati finished 7-5 overall and 4-3 in the Big East. Cincinnati is on a two-game winning streak, following victories over nationally-ranked Rutgers, 30-11, and Connecticut, 26-23.

Cincinnati and WMU have met on the gridiron only twice before, in 1949 and 1950, with Cincinnati winning both contests by identical 27-6 scores.

WMU is led offensively by sixth-year senior quarterback Ryan Cubit, who is just 46 yards from eclipsing the 2,000-yard mark for the season and already has a career-high 15 touchdown passes this year. Cubit has thrown at least one scoring strike in nine-straight games this year and a season-best three at Ball State on Oct. 21. The Broncos also boast a potent running attack with Mark Bonds rushing for more than 1,000 yards for the first time in his career.

Five Broncos were all-conference selections this season. Linebacker Ameer Ismail led one the nation's highest-ranked defenses and was named MAC Defensive Player of the Year.

The International Bowl will air live on ESPN2 in the United States and TSN in Canada beginning at noon EST Jan. 6. It will be the first time a bowl game has been played outside of United States since the 1937 Bacardi Bowl in Havana, Cuba.

For more information, visit wmubroncos.com.

Media contact: Mat Kanan, (269) 387-4125, mat.kanan@wmich.edu

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