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Bowl excursion starts Sunday

By Al Myatt
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East Carolina was close to selling out its allotment of tickets earlier this week for its AutoZone Liberty Bowl game with Arkansas on Saturday, Jan. 2 (5:35 p.m., ESPN).

Ticket sales have apparently gone well in Memphis and Arkansas, too. Bowl officials announced Wednesday that the game is a sellout. A prominent notice on the front page of the bowl's Web site indicated that "more than 62,000 fans will witness" the game.

The Pirate football team is scheduled to arrive at the Memphis Hilton, the team hotel, on Sunday afternoon.

ECU will practice in the afternoon Monday through Thursday at the University of Memphis Athletic Complex.

Bowl week will also be filled with a number of special activities, including:

  • A Memphis Grizzlies game with the Washington Wizards on Monday night

  • A Fellowship of Christian Athletes breakfast on Tuesday morning

  • A visit to the St. Jude Children's Hospital on Wednesday morning

  • A New Year's Eve bash on Beale Street on Thursday evening

  • A parade on Beale Street on Friday afternoon

  • A battle of the bands adjacent to the Liberty Bowl before the game on Saturday

Danny Whitford contributed to this report.

PAGE UPDATED 12/24/09 05:01 AM.

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