2nd Annual Marmot Boca Raton Bowl Kicks Off December 22

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Veterans can get free tickets By Dale King  The Pineapple Contributing Writer Attention, football fans: The clock is ticking down to December 22, when teams take the field for the second annual Marmot Boca Raton Bowl at Florida Atlantic University football stadium on the Boca Raton campus. The gridiron action starts at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN live and by delay to locations around the world. Teams for this year’s game will be announced Dec. 6. The 2015 match-up pits teams from the American Athletic Conference and Mid-American Conference against each other. In 2014, Marshall University, champion of Conference USA, defeated Northern Illinois University, champion of the MAC, 52-23. Local public relations representative Brian Feldman said veterans and veterans groups can get free tickets to the big game. “This year, veteran’s organizations will help The Spirit of Giving Network to prepare for what will be a memorable game and exciting activities,” Feldman said. The Spirit of Giving Network is an umbrella nonprofit corporation that brings together more than 60 local nonprofits. Veterans’ organizations and individuals can request tickets by contacting Feldman at briancfeldman@gmail.com or by calling 954- 732-4020. The deadline for requests is Dec. 14. Include the individual or organization name, service affiliation, number of tickets needed, email address and phone number. Tickets will be issued at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on game day. In the run-up to the game, a “Meet the Coaches” news conference and reception will be held Dec. 9 at Via Mizner Golf & Country Club. The teams will arrive Dec. 18. Game day events begin at 3 p.m. on Dec. 22, with the South Florida Ford Fan Fest and the Oh Boy Sports Midway and tailgating. Gates to the stadium open at 5 p.m. Routes to free parking will be marked. Shuttles will be available to and from the stadium and pre-game activities. For more information, visit www.MarmotBocaRatonBowl.com or www.THEBocaRatonBowl.com.