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Saratoga Springs hosts annual college football game

"We were welcomed." said Jenkins. "The atmosphere is great football weather, so it's very fitting to play in that atmosphere, and it's also one of the bigger crowds of the year."

Cornell head coach Bart Tuccia said he is pleased to be back in Saratoga Springs after the Big Red previously competed in the 2006 game against Penn.

"It's a great thing, how they conduct the entire weekend," said Tuccia. "It ran very smoothly. It's a great idea and great for the area."

The game has grown in interest and attendance each year. Stewart's Shops is creating an exclusive flavor of ice cream, Allegiance Bowl Sprint Mint, to be served in stores and at the game, and the Johnstown High School Marching Band will perform during the game's halftime show.

Perkins said there aren't plans to move the game out of the city any time soon.

"Saratoga offers world-class hospitality. I can think of no better place for this game, and if we grow, it will be in fan interest and community support" said Perkins. "The community turns out for this event."

The pre-game festivities start at 11:45 a.m. at Saratoga Springs High School with kick-off scheduled for noon. Tickets are available for $5 in advance and $8 at the gate. Children 5 and under are free. In addition, a kick-off banquet will be held Friday, Oct. 3, at the Saratoga Springs City Center, with tickets available for $25. For information, contact the Allegiance Bowl Committee at 584-4191.""

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