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    Twitter For Tickets: A "Championship" Journey

    By: Eric SanInocencio
    SEC Digital Network


    Birmingham/Atlanta -- For the first time in the SEC Digital Network's history, we are letting a pair of tickets "travel" to Atlanta. In an effort to better connect with SEC fans on Twitter, we have launched a campaign where people can follow a pair of  "tickets" toward the SEC Championship Game.

    Over the course of the next few days, these "tickets" will visit areas in Birmingham (home of the SEC office) and Atlanta (host of SEC Championship Game), taking a tour of the hot spots fans should visit during their stay.

    Fans will be able to identify "landmarks" along the map, culminating in a Saturday appearance somewhere in the vicinity of the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. After the journey is over, one lucky fan will follow the last set of Twitter instructions, claiming their prize by finding our final location.

    All the action happens on Twitter, where you can follow @SECSportsUpdate for all posts on the trip. Below is a recap of the stops made on the route to the Georgia Dome.

    The Start Of The Journey (Tuesday, 9 am CT)

    The "tickets" started where we all did this week, at the front door of the SEC offices in Birmingham, Ala. The pair of gatekeepers made their appearance right by the sign that names the building.

    The Tickets Get Hungry (Tuesday, 12 pm CT)

    Lunch time came quickly on Tuesday, so the tickets headed to a popular bar-b-q place in town. As can be seen in the photo below, it was time for some ribs at Dreamland.

    Georgia On My Mind (Wednesday, 5 pm ET)

    The trip has begun! The two "tickets" are on their way to Atlanta, having just crossed the border into the state of Georgia. 

    TOUCHDOWN! (Thursday, 11 am ET)

    We are here! After a brief tour of the Georgia Dome, the "tickets' decided they wanted to feel the thrill of scoring a TD on this famed turf. I mean, you have to do that right?

    Checking In (Thursday, 8 pm ET)

    After a full day at the Georgia Dome, the "tickets" have finally gotten a chance to check in at the hotel. While they made their way through the lobby, they stopped to pose for a picture.

    The Coaches Luncheon (Friday, 11 am ET)

    Friday started for the tickets at the Regions Coaches Luncheon. They took a quick picture with the championship helmets before continuing the journey.

    Hard "Rockin" In Atlanta (7 pm ET)

    If you are staying in downtown Atlanta, the "Hard Rock" Cafe is a place where you might have eaten before. On this night, the tickets wanted to hear the music, so they "strung" their way over to the popular food spot.