Orange Bowl Event Schedule

2008 FedEx Orange Bowl 8 p.m. EST / 7 p.m. CST Thursday, Jan. 3
Dolphin Stadium 2269 Dan Marino Blvd. Miami Gardens, FL

The 2007 KU football team will end its historic season by adding another mark in the school record books. For the first time in the University's history, the gridiron men have been selected to participate in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS).

The Jayhawks (11-1, 7-1 Big 12) will face the Virginia Tech Hokies (11-2, 7-1 ACC) in the FedEx Orange Bowl on Jan. 3 in Miami Gardens, Fla. The game will be played at Dolphin Stadium and televised nationally on FOX. Be sure to check our watch sites Web page and find a location near you to cheer KU on with fellow 'Hawks.

This bowl invitation marks the third time KU has played in the Orange Bowl, and the first since 1969, when the 'Hawks suffered a 15-14 loss to Penn State. KU's other appearance came in 1948, a 20-14 loss to Georgia Tech. The 2008 Orange Bowl will be the Jayhawks' 11th bowl game all-time, and third in the Mark Mangino era.

Game tickets and travel packages are still available for purchase by the general public. Gear up for the big game with our football fan merchandise!

Official KU Orange Bowl Tailgate Party
Sponsored by the KU Alumni Association,
Kansas Athletics and the Williams Educational Fund
3:30-6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 3
Calder Race Course (trackside)
Enter through West Grandstand entrance
21001 NW 27th Ave.
Miami Gardens, FL
Link to Map

Make your pre-game plans to attend our Orange Bowl Tailgate Party at Calder Race Course (within walking distance of Dolphin Stadium). This exciting event is co-sponsored by the KU Alumni Association, Kansas Athletics and the Williams Educational Fund.

For $45 per adult and $25 per child 12 and under (please note: there is only one price for both members and non-members), you'll enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet, including BBQ chicken, ribs, bratwurst, New York style pizza, calzone, stromboli, pasta and all the sides you could ask for. The price also includes unlimited beer, wine, soda and water. A cash bar will be available for other cocktails, and official Orange Bowl merchandise and KU Store merchandise will be available for purchase at the tailgate party.

The KU band, cheerleaders and mascots will perform to spread the crimson and blue spirit. After the tailgate, we'll head to the stadium for the big game. Pre-registration and payment by Dec. 28 are required for this event. No walk-ups accepted. Click here to reserve your spot today!

Tailgate parking information: Please park in Lot D of Calder Race Course if you are attending the tailgate event. Calder is the overflow parking location for Dolphin Stadium.

Tailgate ticket distribution information: If you are a member of an official tour program, (after you purchase your tailgate ticket) you will receive your tickets and wristbands in Miami from your tour representative in advance of the party. If you have made your own travel arrangements, you must pick up your tickets at one of the following locations:

Wednesday, Jan. 2
10 a.m.- 12 p.m.
The Fontainebleau Miami Beach
KU Alumni Association Hospitality Desk
4441 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach

Thursday, Jan. 3
11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Daisy Dukes Saloon
10060 Pines Blvd.
Pembroke Pines, FL

Thursday, Jan. 3
2:30- 3:30 p.m.
Calder Race Track
West Grandstand Entrance
21001 N.W. 27th Ave.
Miami Gardens, FL
(Please note: the tailgate party will not open early. It begins at 3:30 p.m.)

KU Alumni Association official pre-game headquarters
Daisy Dukes Saloon
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 3
10060 Pines Blvd.
Pembroke Pines, FL
Link to Map

Join fellow KU fans and KU Alumni Association staff at Daisy Dukes Saloon, a family friendly bar and grill, where you'll enjoy good food and unbeatable KU camaraderie before the game. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. game day, you'll have the chance at giveaways and great food and drink specials if you wear your KU gear.

A message from Daisy Dukes:

Dear Jayhawks,

On behalf of the owners, staff and management of Daisy Dukes Saloon, congratulations on your bid to the 2008 FedEx Orange Bowl! Your accomplishments this football season are a tribute to your university, athletic program and fans. As such, before the the game, we would love for all KU fans and alumni to join us in celebrating your accomplishments at our establishment.

Your opponent, the Hokies of Virginia Tech, happen to be a rival of our Miami Hurricanes, so all of South Florida will be wearing crimson and blue, and stand beside your alumni as we learn your storied battle cry, the Rock Chalk Chant. We look forward to seeing you on Jan. 3. Safe travels and good luck.

Welcome to South Florida, and welcome to Daisy Dukes Saloon. Go Jayhawks!

Matthew Gentile
General Manager
Daisy Dukes Saloon

Other Orange-Bowl sponsored events
WaMu Orange Bowl Fan Fest Presented by the City of Miami
1-7 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 2
Margaret Pace Park
Tickets: $20 - day of ($15 with "The Patch" lanyard)

Experience the thrill and excitement of the WaMu Orange Bowl Fan Fest at beautiful bay-front Margaret Pace Park. You'll enjoy live bands, university bands, cheerleader and coach appearances, interactive games, contests and much more.

Driving directions to Margaret Pace Park: Take I-95 South. Merge onto I-395 toward Miami Beach. Take Exit 2B, Biscayne Blvd. Left on Biscayne to Radisson Downtown Miami Parking Garage.

Suggested parking:
Radisson Downtown Miami
1601 Biscayne Road
Miami, FL 33132

Budweiser Orange Bowl Tailgate Party
11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 3
Dolphin Stadium
Tickets: $20 - day of ($15 with "The Patch" lanyard)

The excitement of the 2008 FedEx Orange Bowl comes to a head on Jan. 3, 2008. From 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., the parking lot of Dolphin Stadium transforms into an extreme entertainment complex, featuring live bands, interactive games, contests, appearances by cheerleaders and marching bands, food and much more.


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