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Mizzou is Bowl Bound

The Tigers are heading to the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl

36th Annual Independence Bowl
Missouri Tigers vs. North Carolina Tar Heels
Monday, Dec. 26 at 4 p.m.
Independence Stadium – Shreveport, Louisiana

The University of Missouri has accepted an invitation to play in the 2011 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl against the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Independence Bowl
The Missouri Tigers (7-5) will play the North Carolina Tar Heels(7-5) in the 36th annual edition of the game televised live on ESPN2. Tiger Fans are encouraged to wear gold to the game. Information on Independence Bowl history as well as helpful fan information can be found at www.independencebowl.org 
• This will mark MU’s third appearance in the Independence Bowl. Mizzou previously split a pair of games against Southeastern Conference foes, beating South Carolina in 2005 (38-31) and dropping a 2003 contest to Arkansas (27-14).

• The game will mark MU's seventh consecutive bowl game (an MU record), and eighth bowl appearance in the last nine seasons.

• The 2011 Independence Bowl appearance will be Mizzou's 29th bowl game overall, with MU holding a 12-16 mark in its previous 28 outings.

• Mizzou and North Carolina will be meeting for only the third time on the gridiron when they square off in Shreveport. Mizzou stands 2-0 all-time in the series, claiming 27-14 and 24-3 wins in Chapel Hill (1973) and Columbia (1976), respectively.

"We're very pleased to accept an invitation to play in the 2011 Independence Bowl," said MU Head Coach Gary Pinkel. "We obviously have a history with this game, and we know first-hand how great of an experience they provide. This is also a nice fit for our program from a recruiting standpoint. We look forward to working hard over the next few weeks to prepare for what should be a great game and a great trip for our program," he said.

Game Tickets
The Mizzou Athletic Ticket Office is taking online orders for the 2011 Independence Bowl now at http://www.mutigers.com/. Fans may also order by calling 1-800-CAT-PAWS (884-PAWS in Columbia) or in person at the Mizzou Arena Ticket Office beginning Monday (Dec. 5) at 8 a.m., but are strongly encouraged to order online to ensure prompt service.

Donating Tickets
Fans who cannot attend the game, but who wish to support Mizzou's student-athletes and football program, are encouraged to purchase tickets to be used for donation to Shreveport-area charities and military personnel. Tiger Scholarship Fund members will receive TSF credit for the face value of donated tickets. Details can be found at http://www.mutigers.com/  

Bowl Travel:
In partnership with Mizzou Athletics a game day air charter has been scheduled that will depart Columbia mid-morning on Monday, Dec. 26 and return after the game. The package will include air travel, ground transportation in Shreveport, and a game ticket. The price for this package is $575 per person. Space is limited and you can register online at www.mizzou.com/IndependenceBowl2011  or call the Mizzou Alumni Association at 573-882-6611 or 800-372-6822 to reserve your spot.

A list of Shreveport area hotels including pricing can be found at: http://independencebowl.org/content/preferred-hotels  The team hotel is the Hilton Shreveport - 318-698-0900

Bowl Events:
The Independence Bowl has planned several activities for your pregame enjoyment.

MetroPCS Fan Fest 
Hirsch Coliseum from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Enjoy fun and entertainment for the entire family including food and beverage vendors, inflatables, face painting, games and live music from Windstorm. The event is free and open the public. Look for the Mizzou area and pick up spirit items in between enjoying the indoor activities of the Fan Fest.
*The event has been moved from the baseball park to the indoor Hirsch Coliseum in anticipation of inclement weather on game day.

AT&T Pep Rally and Parade
Fair Grounds Midway – Begins at 1:30 p.m.
Truman, Marching Mizzou, Golden Girls and the Missouri Spirit Squad will participate in the Independence Bowl’s Mardi-Gras-style, pregame parade. The parade will begin at 1:30 p.m. and originate from outside Fair Grounds Field before proceeding down the Fair Grounds Midway and ending at the football stadium. The parade is free and open the public and will include participants from both teams.

Mizzou Bowl Games Under Coach Pinkel:
2003 Independence Bowl
2005 Independence Bowl Champions
2006 Sun Bowl
2008 Cotton Bowl Champions
2008 Alamo Bowl Champions
2009 Texas Bowl
2010 Insight Bowl
2011 Independence Bowl