Those headed to Orlando for the game will have plenty of activities and events waiting for them, including special Mountaineer events, as well as great local attractions.
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Bowl-related programming will begin in the Mountain State with the landmark Tamarack tourist attraction (off Exit 45 on I-64-77 near Beckley) again serving as a pit stop for fans motoring to Orlando for the game. Those making the trip can stop on Sunday, Dec. 26, and Monday, Dec. 27, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and refresh with a free small fountain soft drinks or small coffee, connect with friends and fans, pick up a WVU window cling (while supplies last), get a Beckley Register-Herald special bowl edition and take advantage of discounts on merchandise.
Bowl festivities kick off in Orlando with a WVU Pep Rally at Pointe Orlando (9101 International Dr., Orlando) on Dec. 27. The official Champs Sports Bowl rally begins at 5 p.m. and features appearances by coaches, cheerleaders, Mountaineer Mascot and the Pride of West Virginia.
The popular Mountaineer Connection fan event will take place on Dec. 27 at Legend’s (1315 S. Orange Ave., Orlando), co-owned by former WVU kicker and alumnus Charlie Baumann. The event will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and feature a performance by The Pride of West Virginia Pep Band, appearances by Mountaineer Brock Burwell and WVU cheerleaders, photo opportunities, WVU highlights and videos, exclusive giveaways (while supplies last), food/drink concessions and more. Fans will also enjoy visits by former WVU football greats and a live broadcast of the Statewide Sportsline featuring Mountaineer play-by-play announcer Tony Caridi. Free parking is available in a garage adjacent to Legend’s and a complementary shuttle will run to and from Rosen Shingle Creek Resort.
On Tuesday, Dec. 28, Mountaineers can enjoy a WVU Tailgate Tent Party in the Best Buy FanZone at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium (1610 W. Church St., Orlando) from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The event includes an exclusive WVU giveaway (while supplies last), barbecue ribs and chicken, sides, a vegetarian option, dessert, soft drinks, beer garden, wine bar, admission to the FanZone and more. The tent is adjacent to the “Team Walk” where Mountaineer players will make their way to the stadium for the game. The cost is $65 for adults or $52 for children under 16 years old; no game day wristbands will be available for purchase. Fans can purchase tailgate wristbands prior to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 23, at: http://www.wvusportstravel.com.
The Best Buy FanZone runs from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and also offers unique opportunities for fans prior to the game. Admission to the official pregame tailgate party of the Champs Sports Bowl is $10 and features entertainment, interactive games, inflatables and food/beverage concessions. The Best Buy FanZone fee does not include admission to the WVU Tailgate Tent Party.
Mountaineers can also take advantage of official Champs Sports Bowl activities including the Winter Park Parade of Bands, featuring the Pride of West Virginia, on Dec. 28. More information about Champs Sports Bowl activities, as well as discounts to area attractions, can be found at Champs’ Fan Central.
Game day parking is available in and around the stadium. For more information, contact Orlando Click and Park to purchase a space at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium.
WVU activities in Orlando will close with a performance by the Pride of West Virginia at Universal Studios Florida (1000 Universal Studios Plaza, Orlando) on Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 2 p.m. Admission to the park is required to attend the performance and can be purchased as a part of a special $76 ticket offer. For more information, visit http://bowlgame.wvu.edu.
The Mountaineers face off against the Wolfpack in the Champs Sports Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010. The game will be televised on ESPN. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m.
To learn more about official WVU bowl travel opportunities, visit http://www.WVUSportsTravel.com or call 1-800-924-9993.
CONTACT: Tara Curtis, WVU Alumni Association
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