The coaching staff and players have done a great job in 2007 showing their character and work-ethic. Those qualities will again be shown in the bowl game. Our goal is to get our fans equally excited about the game and that they will support the team by attending the January 1 game in Jacksonville.
Ramsey, N.J. and Jacksonville, Fla. (Vocus) December 10, 2007
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leading provider of imaging and networking technologies, today called for final entries to the “Konica Minolta Gator Bowl Sweepstakes.” Launched on Monday December 3rd and running through midnight December 12, 2007, registrants have the chance to win various prizes including a Grand Prize trip for two to the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl. The grand prize includes airfare, hotel accommodations, game tickets, on-field passes and attendance at special events including the coaches’ luncheon and hall of fame Induction, pep rallies, tailgate parties and more. In order to register, visit http://www.KMBSsports.com.
Sweepstakes Recaps an Exciting Start to the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl
On Sunday, December 2nd, the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl got fully underway, with the selection and acceptance by the University of Virginia Cavaliers football team to represent the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Texas Tech Red Raiders football team to represent the Big 12 Conference at the 63rd Gator Bowl Classic. Following the announcement of participating teams, Gator Bowl Association and Konica Minolta representatives traveled to each university for the formal announcement ceremonies held on Monday, December 3rd.
“The offer of a bid to participate in the 2008 Konica Minolta Gator Bowl is exciting and is the type acknowledgment that comes from a successful regular season,” said Virginia athletics director Craig Littlepage. “The coaching staff and players have done a great job in 2007 showing their character and work-ethic. Those qualities will again be shown in the bowl game. Our goal is to get our fans equally excited about the game and that they will support the team by attending the January 1 game in Jacksonville.”
“We are excited to accept this invitation to the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl, which is one of the most prestigious and storied bowl games in college football history," said Texas Tech Director of Athletics Gerald Myers. "We are proud of Coach Leach, his staff and our student-athletes for what they have been able to accomplish this season. We appreciate the opportunity to display our football team, athletics department and university in front of a national New Year's Day audience.”
Virginia (9-3) will be making its second appearance at the Gator Bowl while Texas Tech (8-4) will be making its fourth appearance in school history.
On Thursday, December 6th, both schools attended the formal signing ceremony held as part of the Gator Bowl Association Committee Holiday reception held at the Omni Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida.
The 2008 Konica Minolta Gator Bowl will take place at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida on January 1, 2008. The game is scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. and will be televised nationally by CBS. The Konica Minolta company name and logo will be featured prominently in promotional pre-game, in-game and post-game activities.
Konica Minolta Gator Bowl Game Week Packed with Exciting Events
The Konica Minolta Gator Bowl game week will officially begin on Wednesday, December 26 with the arrival of the participating teams. The 7-day extravaganza will feature the following activities:
December 26 – CSX Official Welcome Party and Dave & Busters Player Welcome Party
December 27 – Texas Tech University team Adventure Land Players Outing
December 28 – University of Virginia team Adventure Land Players Outing
December 29 – Gator Bowl Fellowship Breakfast and Wolfson Children’s Hospital Visit
December 31 – Konica Minolta Coaches/Players Press Conference, Coaches Luncheon & Hall of Fame Induction, team Pep Rallies, VyStar 5K Run and Winn Dixie Hometown Gator Bowl Parade
January 1 – Budweiser Tailgate Party, Times Union Touchdown Party, Wachovia Chairman’s Brunch, Konica Minolta Gator Bowl
“We expect the first year of Konica Minolta’s association with the Gator Bowl Association to be one of the best in the storied history of the Gator Bowl Classic,” said Rick Catlett, president of the Gator Bowl Association. “Konica Minolta’s enthusiasm and commitment to this event has already been showcased in many forms, which in turn will make it an even greater event for fans, players and coaches.”
To purchase tickets for the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl, please visit http://www.gatorbowl.com. Travel packages are also available through the University of Virginia Bowl Central website and Texas Tech University Bowl Central website.
Konica Minolta: A Player in Sports Marketing
Konica Minolta has had tremendous results in reaching key target audiences and building brand awareness through their sports marketing program, which includes sponsorship of CBS Sports' popular bizhub SwingVision feature during their PGA Tour coverage, and college sports (football, basketball and lacrosse). With the agreement with the Gator Bowl Association, Konica Minolta has achieved even greater brand recognition.
“Our strategic investment in sports marketing has proven to be an excellent vehicle for reaching our target audience, and has helped to dramatically increase our awareness in the marketplace,” said Kevin Kern, vice president product planning and marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, U.S.A., Inc. “So good in fact that we have decided to launch a website solely dedicated to covering our premier sponsorships in college sports, golf and more. In the true spirit of the game, I would like to invite all college football fans to visit http://www.KMBSsports.com by December 12th, and register for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to Jacksonville for the 2008 Konica Minolta Gator Bowl."
No purchase necessary. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Legal residents of the 48 contiguous U.S. (D.C.). 21 years and older. Void in AK, HI and where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends: 12/12/07. For Official Rules, prize descriptions and odds disclosure, visit http://www.KMBSsports.com. Sponsor: Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A, Inc., 100 Williams Drive, Ramsey, NJ 07446.
About Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A, Inc. (http://www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us), a leader in advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop, brings together unparalleled advances in security, print quality and network integration via its award-winning line of bizhubTM multifunction products (MFPs); bizhub PROTM production printing systems; magicolor® desktop color laser printers and all-in-ones; and pageproTM monochrome desktop laser printers and all-in-ones. Konica Minolta also offers advanced software solutions, wide-format printers, microform digital imaging systems, faxes, and scanning systems for specialized applications.
Headquartered in Ramsey, NJ, Konica Minolta delivers expert professional services and client support through an extensive network of direct sales offices, authorized dealers, resellers and distribution partners in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and South America.
About The Gator Bowl Classic
The Gator Bowl Classic, the 6th oldest Bowl in the country, was first played on January 1, 1946 pitting South Carolina against Wake Forest. For over 60 years, the Gator Bowl has showcased 4 Heisman Trophy winners and more than 180 first team All-Americans. A few of the great legends who are part of the Gator Bowl mystique include coaches and players like Dan Marino, Archie Manning (and son, Peyton), Paul “Bear” Bryant, “Papa” Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden.
The Gator Bowl Association is a 501(c) 3 not-for profit organization whose mission is to provide Northeast Florida with the very best in college athletics and related activities in order to maximize positive impact on the area’s economy, national image and community pride. Its primary charitable activities are focused on education and youth in the North Florida area.
The 2008 Konica Minolta Gator Bowl marks the 63rd game for the Gator Bowl Classic. This year's match-up will showcase the University of Virginia from the Atlantic Coast Conference and Texas Tech University from the Big 12 Conference.
To obtain the official Konica Minolta Gator Bowl logo, please visit http://www.gbalogos.com.
Konica Minolta Corporate Contact:
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
jnorberto @ kmbs.konicaminolta.us
Gator Bowl Association Contact:
Gator Bowl Association
cheri @ gatorbowl.com
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