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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -
Belk Bowl organizers say they are ready for Thursday's game. It will take place at Bank of America stadium. Duke University and University of Cincinnati will battle it out on the field for the trophy. Organizers report ticket sales are strong. Close to 50,000 tickets have been sold, thanks in part to Duke fans.
"Duke has sold more tickets to its bowl game this year," Charlotte Collegiate Football Director Will Webb said. "Than any other ACC school has done to their bowl game."
The Belk Bowl is returning to Charlotte and the event is promised to be successful all the way around.
"Its great for Charlotte," Webb said. "Great for our hotels, our bars, our restaurants and we are going to have a good football game."
With that good football game comes some concern about the weather. Some fans are having a challenge getting to Charlotte. The bad weather hitting parts of the US is impacting travel.
"I know Dayton and parts of Cincinnati are under blizzard warnings," Webb said. "We don't know what impact that will have."
Football players are also concerned about their family members traveling to Charlotte for the game. Some are flying while others are driving. Cincinnati Football player George Winn's family is driving in from Detroit.
"I was on the phone with them," Winn said. "Before we came here and said they have been through rain, hail, sleet and rain - snow, so they have been through all types of environments.It's been a struggle."
Players and organizers are optimistic fans wanting to come to the Belk Bowl will make it.