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Football Capital of Kansas Bowl Set to Announce Teams


Press Release Football Capital of Kansas Bowl: 

For the past four years Pittsburg,Kansas has played host to one of the premiere football bowl games in theNational Junior College Athletic Association ranks, including the NJCAANational Championship in 2009 and 2010. Formerly known as the Citizen's BankBowl, the game is now the Football Capital of Kansas Bowl. The teams competingin this year's game will be announced on Tuesday, November 12thduring an official press conference. The press conference will take place at 12p.m. inside the Rua Suite on the west side of Carnie Smith Stadium.


The Football Capital of KansasBowl, will take place on Sunday, December 8th at 1 p.m. at CarnieSmith Stadium in Pittsburg. The new name reflects an increased commitment bythe Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the City of Pittsburg."By renaming the bowl game we now have more marketing opportunities and can tieit more directly into our current marketing strategies," said B.J. Harris,Executive Director of the Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Thenew direction better reflects our positioning statement as The Football Capitalof Kansas and hopefully allows more businesses and local residents to feel aconnection to the event." This new direction has also given the bowl game a newenergy, according to Bowl Director J.D. Ettore, "Crawford County's CVB officeand the City of Pittsburg have really done a great job of getting folks in thearea very excited about this year's bowl weekend.  The addition of newsponsors and new events has energized everyone involved with the bowl game. "


While the name has changed,football fans can still expect to see a premiere junior college bowl game,which often features future college and professional football stars. Notablealumni of the game include Heisman Trophy Winner Cam Newton, former NebraskaAll-American and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers Linebacker Lavonte David andcurrent Heisman hopeful and LSU Quarterback Zach Mettenberger. With CarnieSmith Stadium as the backdrop, the Football Capital of Kansas Bowl gives fans achance to see some of the best college talent in the country in one of the bestvenues for college football. Each year the bowl committee works to attract thebest matchups possible. "Going into our fifth year with the bowl, the missionfor the selection committee is always the same; attract the best possiblematchup on the field to give the fans a great game," said Ettore. 


While the Football Capital ofKansas Bowl offers fans an opportunity to see a premiere college football game,the bowl weekend in general often generates more than $750,000 in economicimpact for the area. Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce President Blake Bensonsays that it's not only about getting people to town, but the time of the yearthey are here that makes a difference, "The Football Capital of Kansas Bowlprovides a considerable impact on Pittsburg hotels, restaurants and retailers.This is especially significant given that the event is played on a Sundayafternoon in the middle of the holiday shopping season. To have 3,000 visitorsin our community, many of whom will purchase items to take back home, presentsa great opportunity for our local businesses."


According to Harris the game isgreat for everyone involved, "The Football Capital of Kansas Bowl is a win, winfor everyone, the community wins by bringing people to town, the NJCAA gets agreat bowl game and football fans have a chance to see a great game." Ettoreadded, "We have been fortunate the past four years that the selection committeehas done a wonderful job of setting up great games for the fans; including twoNational Championship games that were decided by six total points.  Thisbowl game would not be possible without the assistance from the city ofPittsburg, Pittsburg State University and the Crawford County CVB.  All ofthose entities have been there from the start, and the goal is to continue thisbowl game for a very long time. "


Tickets for the Football Capital ofKansas Bowl are on sale now at the PSU Ticket Office or online at www.pittstate.edu/tickets. TheFootball Capital of Kanas Bowl matchup will be announced on Tuesday, November12th. For more information visit www.footballcapitalofkansasbowl.com. Keep up to date on game details by following it on twitter @FBCapitalKS.


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If you would like more information on this topic, pleasecontact B.J. Harris at (620) 231-1212, (931) 436-0455 or email bjharris@pittsburgareachamber.comor contact J.D. Ettore at (760) 815-5186 or email jde@fortscott.edu

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