2012 Orange Bowl tickets on sale now

MIAMI LAKES, Fla. -- Tickets are now on sale to the general public for the 2012 Discover Orange Bowl to be played January 3 or 4 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens.

Purchasing tickets for the 2012 Discover Orange Bowl guarantees the opportunity to renew tickets for the 2013 Discover Orange Bowl on January 1, 2013 and 2013 BCS National Championship Game, which will be hosted by the Orange Bowl Committee on January 7, 2013.

The 2012 Discover Orange Bowl will feature the ACC Champion, if it does not qualify for the BCS National Championship, against a BCS At-Large team. Ticket prices begin at $75, and patrons are advised to purchase as soon as possible to secure the best available seats in each category.

For 77 years, the Orange Bowl Committee has been one of South Florida's leading civic organizations, driving tourism and economic development, while supporting scholarships and community athletic facilities. Inspiring thousands of student athletes every year, the Orange Bowl Committee's activities help foster youth confidence, celebrate student achievement, and make South Florida a better place to live. Support of the Discover Orange Bowl through ticket purchases enables the Orange Bowl Committee to give back to the community.

The Orange Bowl hosted 10 consecutive sellouts during the 2000s, including three National Championship contests. In total, the Orange Bowl Committee has hosted 19 National Championship games and 16 Heisman Trophy winners.

Last year marked the first year for Discover as the Orange Bowl title sponsor. The Stanford Cardinal, led by 2011 Heisman front-runner and Discover Orange Bowl MVP Andrew Luck, defeated Virginia Tech 40-12.

Tickets also are on sale for the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic, which will be held December 17, 2011 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, FL. In last year's classic, Florida defeated Kansas State in a battle of two top 10 teams, while Miami lost to a then-undefeated UCF team.

To order tickets for the Discover Orange Bowl, MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic and all Orange Bowl Festival events, please call 305-341-4701 or visit www.orangebowl.org. Stay up to date on Orange Bowl news by "liking" facebook.com/OrangeBowl.