TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl to host Coastal Carolina and East Carolina University

Birmingham Bowl
TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl on December 28, 2021 at Protective Stadium. (Miranda Shaffer/ Bham Now)

The 16th TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl will host the first ever matchup between Sun Belt Conference runner-up Coastal Carolina University and East Carolina University from the American Athletic Conference on December 27th.

The game will kick off at 5:45PM at Protective Stadium and will air on ESPN and Bowl Season Radio.

“As we prepare for the 16th TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl, we look forward to building on the amazing atmosphere and success of last year’s first game at our new venue, Protective Stadium,” said Mark Meadows, TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl executive director. “We know that Coastal Carolina, East Carolina and their fans will enjoy the unique brand of southern hospitality that Birmingham offers while in town for the holidays.” 

Signature Wins in 2022

Both teams had signature wins in 2022.

Coastal Carolina (9-3) defeated both Appalachian State University and Marshall University shortly after those teams upset Texas A&M and Notre Dame respectively. 

East Carolina shocked University of Central Florida and BYU on their way to a 7-5 record.

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Birmingham Bowl

A perfect holiday gift for the football fan in your household, all seating is reserved, with ticket prices starting at $30. Tickets can be purchased here. All tickets will be delivered digitally.

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Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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