Field Set In Shreveport For Dogfight Over Independence Bowl Title

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In less than three weeks, the Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs and the Northern Illinois University Huskies will embark upon the dogfight of their collegiate histories at the 32nd Independence Bowl in Shreveport.

Shreveport-Bossier Skyline

We're always excited to welcome Independence Bowl visitors to our cities to cheer on their favorite college teams

Shreveport-Bossier, LA In less than three weeks, the Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs and the Northern Illinois University Huskies will embark upon the dogfight of their collegiate histories at the 32nd Independence Bowl in Shreveport.

The contest will kickoff at 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 28 at Independence Stadium, 3301 Pershing Blvd. in Shreveport. The Independence Bowl will mark the seventh time that these teams will meet on the field, but their first-ever bowl match-up.

Louisiana Tech, with an enrollment of 10,607 students, is located 65 miles east of Shreveport in Ruston, La. NIU is located about 890 miles or 13 ½ hours from Shreveport in Dekalb, Ill., and has an enrollment of more than 25,000 students.

"We're always excited to welcome Independence Bowl visitors to our cities to cheer on their favorite college teams," said Stacy Brown, president of the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau. "Though the game is the main attraction, we know that our visitors will enjoy everything that we have to offer - from our wonderful restaurants and fun attractions, to our great shopping venues and more."

Louisiana's Other Side is a term used to describe the area's location in the northwest region of the state, and the area's unique combination of Louisiana Cajun culture and East Texas cowboy heritage. From the glittering excitement of the casinos, the wonderful array of festivals, and the mouth-watering local cuisine, to the fantastic shopping, numerous outdoor activities, museums and attractions - Shreveport-Bossier has a lot to offer. But that's not all there is to Shreveport-Bossier.

Shreveport-Bossier is ranked third in the nation in MovieMaker magazine's 2008 list of the 10 best cities to live, work and make movies. Since 2005, more than two dozen film and television projects have been produced in the Shreveport-Bossier area, including The Guardian, which has been the largest of the productions to wrap and stars Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher. Other productions include Oliver Stone's W, Year One, featuring Jack Black, Soul Men, Mad Money and many others.

Shreveport-Bossier also boasts Las Vegas-style gaming with five riverboat casinos along the Red River and a combination horse track and casino. The twin cities also are home to a variety of Southern and Cajun cuisine, museums that showcase the area's rich history, soulful musical roots, abundant shopping options and much more. The Louisiana Boardwalk in Bossier City offers the best in outlet shopping, with more than 60 shops, a theater, bowling, riverfront dining, carousel and trolley rides, dancing fountains and non-stop entertainment to make it a destination like no other.

For more information about Shreveport-Bossier, visit http://www.Shreveport-Bossier.org or contact Tarah Holland, public relations/social media manager for tourist bureau at (318) 429-0653 or via email at tholland@sbctb.org.

About the Independence Bowl

The bowl's roots date back to 1975 when the board of directors of the Shreveport-Bossier City Sports Foundation conceived the idea of bringing a postseason football game to northwest Louisiana. Applying to the National Collegiate Athletic Association for certification, the group's efforts were rewarded with the approval of a December 13, 1976 game.

In honor of the United States' 200th birthday, and the strong military presence in the Shreveport-Bossier City area, the Sports Foundation's board of directors felt that the name "Independence Bowl" would be a fitting tribute to the men and women who have fought for the United States' freedom and independence.

Tickets for the 2008 Independence Bowl may be purchased by calling the Independence Bowl Foundation at (318) 221-0712 or toll free at 888-414-BOWL (2695) from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or at http://www.independencebowl.org. Tickets also may be purchased in person at the Independence Bowl office, 401 Market Street, Suite 120 on the main floor of the American Tower in downtown Shreveport.

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