National City Bank To Sponsor “The Battle Of The Bluegrass”

Bowling Green, Ky. — In an effort to sell out “The Battle of the Bluegrass” on Sept. 20, Western Kentucky University Director of Athletics Dr. Wood Selig announced Thursday that National City Bank of Bowling Green will serve as the official sponsor of the Hilltoppers’ football contest against Eastern Kentucky.

“National City is excited about being a part of this historic football game, especially since this is the first meeting in three years,” said National City Area President Rick Seadler. “Our partnership over the years with the Western community is strong — we are happy to participate in events such as this.”

The game, which is scheduled to kickoff at 7 p.m. (CDT), will air live on College Sports Television as the network’s NCAA Division I-AA National Game of the Week.

National City Bank will have 3,000 tickets available for sale at their five branch offices in Bowling Green through Sept. 18. General admission adult tickets can be purchased for $9 while youth general admission seats are $5 — that’s a $2 discount from the prices on the day of the game.

“Our goal is to sell out the Eastern Kentucky game in advance of kickoff,” said Jim Clark, WKU Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs. “National City stepped up to sponsor the game and offered an outlet to our fans that will allow them to purchase discounted tickets with convenience and ease.”

The longest-running series in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Western and EKU have met 79 times dating back to the 1914 season. The two teams last met on Oct. 7, 2000, with the Toppers earning a 6-3 victory en route to an undefeated Ohio Valley Conference championship.

— WKU —