Bowl Week Special Events
Franklin American Mortgage
Schedule & Overview of
All times CST
Please note: Many of the events listed below require invitations. Invitations to many of these events (the Franklin American Mortgage Coaches Luncheon, the Adams & Reese Battle of the Bands and MusicFest VIP Party, and the Pregame Tailgate party) are included in our VIP Ticket Packages. Please click here to learn more about these packages!
**EVENT IS OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC; All times CST
Official Welcome Party
December 27 7 – 10pm General Jackson, Opry Mills & Hard Rock Café
The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl’s welcome event for the student-athletes, coaches, SEC & ACC administrators, Bowl sponsors & partners, along with Nashville dignitaries. This event officially kicks off BOWL Week and all of the activities revolving around the Bowl. The Party will take place aboard the General Jackson Showboat and will feature student-athletes participating in Welcome Party festivities such as the traditional rib eating contest. The General Jackson will dock downtown and a post-event party for official party guests and Bowl sponsors will take place at the Hard Rock Café. There will be live entertainment at the Hard Rock Café. The Welcome Party begins at 7pm. Invitations are required.
December 28 7:30 - 9am Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
An event hosted by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) organization. The participating universities are invited to attend the event. For more information, visit www.fcanashville.org or call 615.889.8808.
Wives & Daughters Tour
December 28 11am - 3:30pm Bluebird Café
A fun filled day for the wives & daughters of coaches, administrators, and Bowl VIP’s. The special guests are given a taste of what Music City has to offer as they are given a VIP tour for a day at some of Nashville’s best attractions, including an event at the world-famous Bluebird Café for lunch and live entertainment. Invitations are required.
Nashville Predators vs. Los Angeles Kings
December 28 7pm Bridgestone Arena
The Predators take on the 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings. For tickets, visit the Predators website.
December 28 7 - 9pm Nashville Predators (NHL) game vs. Los Angeles Kings
This is a student-athlete only event where the players will attend a Nashville Predators home game at Bridgestone Arena. Players will get a chance to experience Smashville first-hand. Players will have a chance to eat, drink and have fun a few days before the game on December 31.
SunTrust VIP Dinner
December 28 6 – 9pm Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum
A special event hosted by SunTrust and the Bowl’s Board of Directors, this event is exclusively for university administrators, coaches, and other VIP’s in town for BOWL Week. Featuring live entertainment in the Hall of Fame’s Rotunda, VIP’s will be treated with true southern hospitality. The event will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. Invitations are required. SunTrust serves as the title sponsor.
**Franklin American Mortgage Coaches Brunch presented by WKRN News 2
December 29 9 -11am Wildhorse Saloon
The official chalk talk is an event for the student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and fans in town for BOWL Week. Fans have a chance to interact with SEC & ACC players and coaches including an opportunity to have a Q & A session with both head coaches from the participating schools. The Brunch begins at 9am and is held at the Wildhorse Saloon on historic 2nd Avenue in the heart of THE DISTRICT, downtown Nashville. Franklin American Mortgage Company serves as the title sponsor, WKRN News 2 serves as presenting sponsor. The Franklin American Mortgage Tradition of Service Award will be presented to a deserving high school football student-athlete from the area. For event tickets* and information, call the Bowl office at 615.743.3130.
Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans
December 29 NOON Kickoff LP Field
AFC Divisional rivals square off at LP Field. For tickets contact the Tennessee Titans box office at 615.565.4000.
December 29 1:30 – 3:30pm Adventure Science Center
This event is hosted for the official party’s kids in town for BOWL Week.
**The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl World Hot Chicken Eating Championship
December 29 4pm 1st Avenue and Broadway
Come watch professional and amateur eaters compete as they devour Nashville's famous dish! All are welcome to watch at the stage on 1st Avenue and Broadway. Stay and enjoy MusicFest and Battle of the Bands after!
**MusicFest & Battle of the Bands
December 29 5 – 7pm Downtown Nashville, 1st Avenue & Broadway
Nashville’s calling card is music. From country to rock to bluegrass, jazz and R&B, Music City is home to some of the best musicians and entertainment in the world. MusicFest is the ultimate party atmosphere downtown the night before the game. Thousands of fans will converge on world-famous 2nd Avenue (corner of 2nd & Broadway) for the outdoor party featuring SEC & ACC bands and cheerleaders. A FREE concert will take place prior to the Battle of the Bands beginning at 5pm. Multiple venues will open their doors to Bowl fans for a memorable downtown event where various genres of live music will play. Show your Bowl Patch (Patches available via MusicCityBowl.com) and receive special Fan discounts at participating Patch Partner locations. Admission is FREE! The event is from 5 – 7pm. Open to the general public. The Jack Daniels Experience will be available for fans from 4 – 8pm.
Adams and Reese Battle of the Bands VIP Party
December 29 4:30 - 7pm Hard Rock Café
There is a private MusicFest & Battle of the Bands VIP Party for Bowl sponsors and VIP Ticket Package purchasers which include food & beverages. The VIP Party begins at 4:30 and invitations are required.
**Downtown Gameday Activities
December 30 Downtown, Lower Broadway
SEC and ACC fans will have an opportunity to experience fan activities prior to kickoff. Downtown on Lower Broadway at the Court of Flags (1st Ave. & Broadway), the participating SEC Team Pep Rally will begin at 10:15am followed by the ACC Team Pep Rally at 11am. Downtown Nashville is a great built-in tailgate atmosphere and block party with restaurants and entertainment venues within walking distance.
Pre-game Tailgate Party Brunch
December 30 10:30a – Kickoff General Jackson *docked at LP Field (southeast endzone)
Experience an incredible tailgating event a few hours prior to the Bowl. Exclusively for Bowl sponsors, premium ticket package purchasers, and other VIP’s, the pregame event is aboard the General Jackson (docked downtown – LP Field side of river). The Tailgate Party includes food & beverages and live entertainment, featuring Chris Shrader (www.chrisshradermusic.com). Perfect for entertaining customers or having fun with friends & family, the event opens its doors at 10:30am until kick-off. Invitations are required.
**Family Zone Area at LP Field
December 30 11:30am – Kickoff LP Field
Open to the general public, fans from the SEC and ACC will have an opportunity to play within steps from LP Field in the South End Zone Area Lot R (admission is Free). Interactive games will be provided for the entire family. It’s a great start for gameday and a great way to be a part of all of the pageantry of the Bowl. Festivities begin at 11:30am. Open to the general public.
**Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
December 30 2:15pm Kickoff LP Field
The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl is one of the hottest post-season Bowl games in America with the ACC and the SEC Conferences set to square off in Music City at LP Field on Monday, December 30 at 2:15pm CST. Broadcast live on ESPN and through the Nevada Sports Radio national network and locally on 104.5 The Zone, the Bowl is Nashville’s Holiday Tradition. The ACC and SEC feature some of the largest, most loyal, and rabid college football fans in the country.
Get the Patch – the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl’s official backstage pass for Fans to receive unique discounts and opportunities at participating Patch Partner locations.
Contact for ADA Accomodations at 615.743.3130.
Nashville Predators vs. Detroit Red Wings
December 30 7:00pm Bridgestone Arena
The Predators renew their longtime rivalry with the Detroit Red Wings. For tickets, visit the Predators website.
**Music City New Year’s Eve Bash on Broadway
December 31 7:30pm - midnight
Open to the general public, ring in the New Year and rock out the old with thousands of your closest friends at Nashville’s New Year’s Eve party on downtown’s lower Broad. Bring your party hats. Make some noise and count down to the fireworks at midnight. The Jack Daniels Experience will be available for fans beginning at 4pm. Live music on the Main Stage begins at 7:30pm and the Fireworks & “Drop” at the stroke of Midnight. Brett Eldredge and Blackberry Smoke will perform, along with headliner Hank Williams, Jr. Open to the general public. Concert is FREE.