Duke grid coach, Garth Brooks coming to Stadium

Duke University head football coach David Cutcliffe, whose Blue Devils beat Indiana, 44-41, to win the 2015 New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium, will return to the Bronx Friday night to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Yankees’ 7:05 p.m. game against the White Sox.

In his eighth season as Duke’s head football coach of the Blue Devils in 2015, Cutcliffe led the school to its 12th career bowl appearance and fourth in a row. The Pinstripe Era Bowl victory was Duke’s first bowl victory since 1961.

“We could not be more appreciative of the Yankees organization and the representatives of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl for inviting us back for this occasion,” Cutliffe said. “Our bowl experience back in December was absolutely incredible. “As a lifelong Yankees fan, the opportunity to take the mound in one of the truly great venues in all of sports will be a tremendous honor. My childhood was filled with dreams of pitching for the Yankees, and I couldn’t be more excited to represent Duke University on May 13.”

As part of the celebration, a special ticket offer with savings on select seats for Friday’s game is available for all Duke alumni, fans and supporters. For complete details on the offer, fans should visit http://www.yankees.com/duke. Please note that all ticket specials are subject to availability.

In addition, Cutcliffe will be presented with an autographed base signed by members of the current Yankees roster in a pregame ceremony. Making the presentation to Cutcliffe will be New Era Pinstripe Bowl executive director Mark Holtzman and director Emily Hamel.

Established in 2010, the New Era Pinstripe Bowl has featured some of the most memorable moments in recent college football history. The 2016 New Era Pinstripe Bowl will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, on ESPN and will feature participants from the Big Ten and ACC Conferences.

Tickets for the 2016 New Era Pinstripe Bowl will be made available in the near future. For up-to-the-moment information regarding the game, fans are encouraged to visit http://www.pinstripebowl.com, the official website of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, and follow the Bowl game’s official Twitter and Instagram accounts – @PinstripeBowl.

Yankee Stadium will also be the site of Garth Brooks concert at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9, the first country music event at the current Stadium. For the first time in nearly 20 years, the Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood will return to New York City. Brooks’ current album, Man Against Machine, his first studio release in 13 years, has been certified platinum. He is the number one selling solo artist in U.S. history with 136 million records sold.

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, May 20. There will be an eight-ticket limit per purchase. Tickets may only be purchased at ticketmaster.com or ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks or either Ticketmaster Express 1-866-448-7849 or 1-800-745-3000. Please note there will be no ticket sales at the venue box office or Ticketmaster outlets May 20. Tickets will cost $69.23 plus a $4.50 facility fee and a $6.25 service charge for a total of $79.98.

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