Football Fans Blitz Clearwater Beach for Bowl Bash

Thursday's Outback Bowl Beach Day features players, cheerleaders from UF, PSU

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (December 29, 2010) - Before the Florida Gators and Penn State Nittany Lions square off in the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day, they'll do battle on the beach tomorrow afternoon. 

Players, coaches, cheerleaders, bands and fans of the two college football powerhouses will head to Clearwater Beach for 'Beach Day,' the bowl game's annual celebration held on the powdery-white sand near Pier 60. 

The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will feature a variety of activities and challenges---including a cheerleader tug-of-war contest.

Fans of both teams can soak up the area's award-winning coastline as they enjoy performances by the cheerleaders and marching bands, sand sculptures, a skydiving demonstration, live music and more. 

After the festivities, stick around for Sunsets at Pier 60---Clearwater Beach's free nightly festival that includes live entertainment, street performers and artisans peddling their wares.

A performance by the Steve Arvey Horn Band will take place at 6 p.m., followed by an explosive fireworks show at 7:45 p.m. 

In continuing with the football theme, the Sunset Cinema at Pier 60 will have a special screening of The Blind Side---the 2009 smash hit that chronicles the life of NFL player Michael Oher---at 8 p.m.

Celebrating its 25th year, the Outback Bowl takes place on Saturday, January 1, in Tampa's Raymond James Stadium. 

Kickoff will be at 1 p.m. with all the action broadcast live on ABC. A select number of tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting 

For more on Beach Day and the Outback Bowl, visit 

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

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For more information:
Contact: Public Relations Manager Josh Hall:
Phone: 727.464.7223

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