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Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports Commission partners with Sister Cities International to bring championship Japanese football team to play in Alabama.

Tuscaloosa, AL (PRWEB) June 27, 2014

The Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission (TTSC) is proud to announce their collaboration with Sister Cities International to host the inaugural Sister Cities International Bowl between the Obic Seagulls from Narashino, Japan, and the Amateur to Professional Developmental Football League (APDFL) Blazers. The game will be held on Thursday, August 14th at 7:00 p.m. at the Central High School Football Stadium in Tuscaloosa, AL.

The Obic Seagulls will arrive in Tuscaloosa on Monday, August 11th, and hold their practices in local high school facilities, leading up to the game at Central High School on Thursday, August 14th. In between practices, the two teams will be touring local attractions. Tickets are $5 presale per head, and $10 at the gate. Tickets for kids under 8 years old are free. To purchase presale tickets, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sister-cities-international-bowl-tickets-12079206231

The Obic Seagulls team was founded in 1983 in Narashino, Japan, and is one of Japans top amateur football clubs. The Seagulls boast an impressive record, being 8-time X League Champions and 7-time National Champions, with 4 of their national titles won consecutively from 2010-2013. In 26 seasons of playing, the Seagulls have won 144 of their 180 games played, and hold the record for the most titles won by any team in the Japanese amateur football arena. Head Coach Makoto Ohashi will be bringing his championship team to Tuscaloosa in their first trip to the United States in an effort to promote increased sports diplomacy.

The Seagulls opponent, the APDFL Blazers, is an American all-star team comprised of amateur players from the southeast region. These two teams are coming together through the partnership between Tuscaloosa and Sister Cities International, a connection established in 1986 to promote person-to-person relationships and citizen diplomacy. The Sister Cities International organization strives to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation one individual, one community at a time.

For more information, contact Brandt Garrison, Manager for Communications and Public Relations for the TTSC, at 205.391.9200 or bgarrison(at)visittuscaloosa(dot)com.

Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commissions (TTSC) mission is to increase economic impact to the City of Tuscaloosa by positioning Tuscaloosa as a destination for our targeted markets, including sporting events, meetings, reunions, and leisure tourism. This generates lodging, dining, shopping, and entertainment revenue for the City. To learn more, go to http://www.visittuscaloosa.com.

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