LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville football team officially has accepted a bid to the 2013 Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Fla., the Cardinals' fourth bowl game in as many years.
Kickoff is slated for Saturday, Dec. 28, at 6:45 p.m. from the Florida Citrus Bowl.
Louisville is making its 18th bowl appearance in school history. The Cardinals are 8-8-1 all-time in bowl games and will be playing in their 12th bowl in the last 15 years. The Cardinals defeated fourth-ranked Florida 33-23 in last season's Sugar Bowl and have won three of their last four postseason appearances.
The selection to the Russell Athletic Bowl will be Louisville's fourth Florida bowl game in school history, having played in the Gator Bowl in 2005, the Orange Bowl in 2007 and the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl in 2010, head coach Charlie Strong's first season.
"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to compete in the Russell Athletic Bowl and we thank the Florida Citrus Sports Commission for the invitation," Tom Jurich, Vice President/Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, said. "We have enjoyed great success in the state of Florida recruiting and with our fans traveling to bowl games in the past. Orlando is very accessible to our fans and is an outstanding bowl location for them and our student-athletes and staff."
The Cardinals were awarded the bid after defeating Cincinnati 31-24 in overtime on Thursday night at Nippert Stadium, finishing 11-1 overall and 7-1 in the American Athletic Conference. After securing its 11th win of the season, Louisville is 23-3 over the last two seasons under Strong.
ESPN will televise the Russell Athletic Bowl, while ESPN Radio has the national radio broadcast rights to the bowl. The Louisville Radio Network begins pre-game coverage of the Russell Athletic Bowl at 5:15 p.m.
The last time Louisville played an ACC team in a bowl was the 2011 Belk Bowl against NC State. The Wolfpack handed the Cardinals a 31-24 defeat in Charlotte, N.C.
The bowl plans to show Louisville's men's basketball game against Kentucky, which will be played earlier in the afternoon on the same day, in the Fan Fest adjacent to the stadium. Details will be announced at a later date.
Fans can order tickets through Louisville's Bowl Central immediately, where the online seat selection option will allow you to view real-time availability and select the best seats in Louisville's fan sections. Lower and mid-level tickets are available for just $77 each. No upper level tickets will be assigned from the institutional allotment.
Bowl tickets can also be ordered through the athletic department's ticket office by calling (502) GO-CARDS or by visiting the location at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The ticket office also will be open and taking bowl orders at the KFC Yum! Center on Saturday, Dec. 7, during the men's and women's basketball doubleheader.
By purchasing tickets from the Cardinals' Ticket Office, fans will receive free 7 p.m. admission to the University of Louisville Alumni Association and Athletics Department official Fan Appreciation Party. The event will be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort (9939 Universal Blvd.) on Friday, Dec. 27, from 8-10 p.m.
Additionally, the Florida Citrus Sports Foundation is offering discounted pricing to two marquee theme parks in Orlando for bowl fans that purchase from the Ticket Office, including the Walt Disney World® Resort and SeaWorld®.
Fans who are unable to attend the bowl game this season can donate their tickets to a UofL student, active members of the military, or to an Orlando-area charitable organization. It is critical that Louisville fans purchase bowl game tickets from GoCards.com/bowl, as institutional ticket purchases can impact future bowl opportunities.
Thousands of Louisville fans have already secured their bowl tickets as Cardinal Athletic Fund members and season ticket holders were given an opportunity to pre-order tickets since April. All pre-order ticket reservations are assured of receiving tickets and will receive notification on their seat location from the ticket office by Saturday, Dec. 7.
Complete information on the Russell Athletic Bowl will be provided on the Cardinals' Bowl Central page on their web site at www.GoCards.com/bowl.