For the second straight year, the Music City Bowl will be played on a Monday.
The 2013 game will kick off at 2:15 p.m. on Dec. 30 at LP Field, ESPN and bowl officials announced Monday.
The 2012 edition also was played on a Monday, albeit New Year's Eve, with Vanderbilt defeating North Carolina State 38-24.
“We are excited about this year’s game date, as Monday, Dec. 30, will give SEC and ACC fans a great travel window,” said Scott Ramsey, Music City Bowl president and CEO. “We look forward to a great crowd and the opportunity to showcase our city and title sponsor, Franklin American Mortgage Company, in front of millions of viewers on ESPN.”
The bowl, entering its 16th year, has pitted teams from the SEC and ACC the last seven seasons. Last year’s game had its lowest national TV audience in seven years, with just 1.7 million viewers. The economic impact was also down to $13.9 million. In 2011, the bowl drew a $22.3 million impact for the city.
This marks the third time in four years the game has been played on Dec. 30. In 2010 and 2011, the economic impact surpassed $20 million.
Renewals for 2013 ticket holders will be sent in May and tickets will go on sale to the public through Ticketmaster on August 30. Premium ticket packages are currently available.