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Bowl Events You Don’t Want To Miss!

Bowl week festivities will be kicking off in just a few shorts days, Marshall and FIU fanatics! I’m here to give you the scoop on all of the exciting events taking place over the next few days in St. Petersburg – from the Beach Bash, Battle of the Bands, Fan Tailgate Extravaganza, and, more. I’ll be providing everyone, especially Herd and Panther fans, all the info you’ll need to ensure you won’t miss any of the pre-game fun and festivities leading up to the 2011 Beef O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg on December 20th.


Sunday, December 18th


3-6PM,   TradeWinds Island Resort

Beach Bash

Slippin' Away Again at the TradeWinds

Beach Bash is open to the public and will be from 3-6PM at the TradeWinds Island Resort.  This is a  bowl-week favorite, featuring teams and coaches of both schools enjoying fun in the sun, while participating in several entertaining activities at the TradeWinds Island Resort. Make sure to bring your swim trunks and flip-flops as well fans; this is an event open to the public and encourages interaction with players from Marshall and FIU.  Beach Bash is full of engaging activities, such as blow-up slip ‘n slide races,  watching players duke it out in the inflatable boxing ring, hula hoop contests and anything else the fabulous staff at TradeWinds will throw into the mix!   The favorite always seems to be the ‘belly flop’ competition, pinning  300 pound linemen against one another, in a challenge to see who can make the biggest splash. If you’ve ever been to Sea World, you’ll know to stay a distance from the pool, as it’s destined to turn into one giant “Splash Zone” once the biggens of Marshall and FIU dive in…belly-first.  Make certain not to miss out on this great event,  Panther and Herd gang!

Monday, December 19th


12PM,   Kickoff Luncheon, Renaissance Vinoy Resort

Keynote Speaker - Vince Papale

Monday is chock full of great events, beginning with the Kickoff Luncheon at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort in Downtown St. Petersburg at noon.  The luncheon will feature a bevvy of speakers leading to the keynote speaker, former Philadephia Eagles icon, the inspirational Vince Papale.  For those who don’t know the story of Papale, here’s a quick synopsis. Just getting by as a bartender and substitute teacher living in Philly during the ‘70s, this dreamer from the city of Brotherly Love had the aspiration of one day playing professional football for his hometown Eagles. At age 30, through determination and an indomitable will-to-win, Vince successfully made the Eagle’s squad after wooing then head coach, Dick Vermeil, during an open tryout. While playing football in Philadelphia for three seasons, Vince Papale became known as the real-life “Rocky” by Eagle’s fans across the city. In 2006 the movie “Invincible” was released, telling Vince’s inspirational road to the NFL as portrayed by actor Mark Wahlberg. If you haven’t yet seen this uplifting movie, I encourage you to rent it and watch it before attending the luncheon, as it will allow you to see what this man overcame in order to pursue a dream many said was impossible.   Tables for the luncheon are going fast, so be sure to contact the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg office at 727.290.9865 for this great event.

2:30-5PM,   Battle of the Bands, TradeWinds Island Resort

Continuing with the excitement of Monday afternoon will be the spirited Battle of the Bands, between the Marshall University Marching Thunder and the FIU Panther Marching Band. This entertaining event is open to the public and will be held at the TradeWinds Island Resort and will showcase both ensembles as they duel in a contest of harmony, sound, and rhythm. In addition, the rival bands will be participating in a tug-of-war contest and wing eating challenge to determine the winner of this heated battle.  Herd and Panther fans are encouraged to come out and cheer for their bands during this rousing annual event.

5PM ,  Bowl Block Party, Ferg’s Sports Bar

Block Party Host - Ferg's Sports Bar!

Capping off Monday’s thrilling lineup of events will be the Bowl Block Party, taking place at Ferg’s Sports Bar, located just one block north of Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.  This will be THE place to be on Monday night!  The evening will feature school bands, cheer squads and more from both Marshall and FIU.  Fans and the public congregate annually for this ‘must be there’ event – food, drins, pre-game trash talking – the atmosphere is sure to make for a great ‘pep rally’ for both teams!  Come on out early and stay late!


Tuesday, December 20th


Fan Tailgate Extravaganza, 2011 Beef O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg

2-8PM -  Fan Tailgate Extravaganza, Tropicana Field

Finally – the day which all Marshall and FIU fans are awaiting with bated breath…GAME DAY.  The festivities will begin early, with the Fan Tailgate Extravaganza kicking off at 2PM inside the main parking lot of Tropicana Field.  Fans, students, and alumni are encouraged to come by for the array of festivities going on throughout the afternoon.  There will be FIU and Marshall alumni  tailgating leading up to the opening kickoff. Be sure to follow and mention the Bowl on Twitter, share your photos on Facebook, and Check In & leave some tips on  the Foursquare Page – lots of great contests and prize opportunities will be showcased through social media!

8PM Kickoff-  2011 Beef  ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg, Tropicana Field

After the Tailgate Extravaganza, there’s only one place left to go – inside the Trop baby! The 2011 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg between the Marshall Thundering Herd and the will kickoff at 8 PM, a match-up that’s expected to be a doozey. For any fan not able to attend the game, ESPN will be broadcasting the game live on T.V. and ALL Beef ‘O’ Brady’s restaurants nationwide will have the game playing on their  many flat screens!

There you have it Bowl Fans – your itinerary to all the extraordinary events taking place preceding the 2011 Beef O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg on December 20th.  Don’t forget, I’ll be live-tweeting  during the many events taking place around the St. Pete area, as well as the game itself. Be sure to follow me on Twitter for exclusive up-to-the-minute info on both  teams, as well at the various events taking place up to game time!

Until next time my football brethren, this is Kevin Keane…OUT.


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