For a decade, every Duke football season has started the same for Scott Balderson and his 14-year old son, Carter.
With season tickets to see the Blue Devils play all their home games at Wallace Wade Stadium, Carter asks each year what the family plans to do if Duke traveled to a bowl game. For a decade, Scott promised that at minimum, he and Carter would travel anywhere in the country to see Duke play. Thankfully for them, this year's travel arrangements won't take them far when the Blue Devils play in their first bowl game since the 1994 season on Dec. 27.Read More
Along with thousands of other screaming Duke fans, Scott and his wife, Christina, son, Carter, and daughter, Isabel, will pack Bank of America Stadium to watch Duke play the University of Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte.
"Even though my son started asking me that question when he was 3 or 4 years old, I'm glad he's old enough now to really enjoy the experience," said Scott Balderson, a surgical physician assistant in Duke's Section of General Thoracic Surgery. "It's been a long time coming, and we're thrilled."
Duke fans can now buy tickets to the football game, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (877) 375-3853 and range from $45 for upper level seats to $85 for lower level seating. A full seating chart is available online. Ticket orders should be placed by Dec. 7 for seating priority, as Duke bowl ticket allocation will be based on availability, Iron Dukes priority, and order date.
"I could not be more excited for our players - especially the seniors - to earn a berth in the Belk Bowl against a very good and well-coached Cincinnati team," said football head coach David Cutcliffe. "I thought coming out of spring practice that we had a chance to be a good team - a bowl-caliber team. We battled through some adversity, received tremendous leadership from our captains and reached the goal of playing in the postseason."
Fans interested in attending the Belk Bowl can book a discounted stay at the Westin Charlotte hotel, which is a half-mile from Bank of America Stadium. Blue Devil supporters who book through Anthony Travel online or by calling (888) 632-6951 can reserve a king bed room for $229.35 a night, which is about $100 off the regular price. Double rooms are available on a request basis, but aren't guaranteed. No minimum stay is required to receive the discount.
Along with other bowl game events, the Duke Alumni Association will host a special pregame tailgate celebration for Duke fans the day of the game. Details for that are pending.
This will be Duke's ninth bowl game appearance and first since dropping a 34-20 decision to Wisconsin in the Hall of Fame Bowl in Tampa, Fla., on Jan. 2, 1995. The Blue Devils also have appeared in the Rose Bowl (1938 and 1941 seasons), Sugar Bowl (1944), Orange Bowl (1954 and 1957), Cotton Bowl (1960) and All American Bowl (1989).