Area Events Set Stage for Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl

The fourth annual college football matchup will be broadcast live on ESPN Tuesday

Friday, December 16, 2011

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (December 16, 2011) - Tickets are still available for a Sunshine City showdown as the Marshall Thundering Herd will take on the Florida International Golden Panthers in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 8 p.m. at Tropicana Field.

The Conference USA (Marshall) and Sun Belt Conference (FIU) matchup is one of 35 bowl games this year and will be broadcast live on ESPN.

"We're thrilled to welcome two quality football programs and their fans to the St. Pete/Clearwater area," said Kevin Smith, Director of the St. Pete/Clearwater Sports Commission. "This game is a great opportunity for us to put our destination in front of a national television audience."

While the teams arrive a few days earlier, bowl week officially begins for the public on Sunday, December 18. 

Fans of both teams are invited to attend a Beach Bash at the game's official beach resort, the Tradewinds Island Grand on St. Pete Beach. 

Beginning at 3 p.m., watch players and coaches from both teams square off in a variety of challenges off the gridiron, including belly flop, hula hoop and karaoke contests.

Both schools will compete in a Battle of the Bands on Monday at 2:30 p.m. behind the Tradewinds. A tailgate cookout on the beach, cheerleader tug-o-war and the Beef 'O' Brady's eating contest will also take place that afternoon.

The party heads downtown Monday evening for the Bowl Block Party at Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill. The St. Pete landmark is adjacent to the Trop and will be rockin' with team cheerleaders, bands and football fanatics, beginning at 5 p.m.

On game day, tailgaters should make their way to the Fan Tailgate Extravaganza, featuring live music, games, contests, food and official bowl merchandise. 

A free shuttle service will transport from several downtown St. Pete points to Tropicana Field, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and running until one hour after the game concludes.

Tickets for Tuesday's games can be purchased by visiting http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0D00473CC836923E. For more information on the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, visit http://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/content/holiday-bowls. 

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater is the destination marketing organization for Pinellas County, Florida.

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Contact: Public Relations Manager Josh Hall: Josh@VisitSPC.com
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