Schedule of events for anyone interested:
SCHEDULE OF BOWL EVENTS
Meet The Coaches Press Conference
Tuesday, December 12th - 11:30am-1:00pm
Head Coaches from both teams will meet the Toronto media at a press conference
Each Head Coach and a star player from each team will meet the Toronto media and have the opportunity to discuss his team, the season, and preparations for the bowl game.
International Bowl Welcome Reception and Dinner at Casa Loma
Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007 - 7:00pm-10:00pm
The City of Toronto offers a warm welcome to the visiting teams
Representatives from the City of Toronto, Toronto Tourism, and The Rogers Centre will join Athletic Directors, Coaching Staffs, Official Travel Party members, International Bowl Sponsors and VIP Guests for an elegant reception and dinner at the historic Casa Loma. Select officials and the two Head Coaches highlight a brief program.
Players Nights in Toronto’s Entertainment District
Wednesday and Thursday, January 3rd and 4th, 2007 - 6:00pm-Midnight
The players get to see Toronto with a night on the town
We’ve made arrangements for two of Toronto’s great restaurants to be the “home base? for teams while in Toronto. Joe Badali’s will be home to representatives of the Big East, while Montana’s will be home base for representatives from the Mid-American Conference. After dinner, players and other International Bowl participants will enjoy a wide range of entertainment options in Toronto’s Entertainment District, where your International Bowl Passport will make sure you get the VIP treatment wherever you go.
CN Tower Tour and Team Luncheon
Thursday, January 4th, 2007
Thursday is more than just a day of practice
Thursday's practice is made special for each team with a lunch at Windows and a tour of the landmark of Toronto’s skyline -- the CN Tower. Windows is one of the fine dining facilities within the Rogers Centre and overlooking the field. The CN Tower is the world’s tallest free standing structure and offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the city and the lakeshore.
Kickoff Luncheon at the Sheraton Centre Hotel Ballroom
Friday, January 5th, 2007 - 12:15pm-1:30pm
A banquet for the teams and guests
Starwood Resorts is the host sponsor, and the two Head Coaches will share the spotlight at the Sheraton Centre Hotel Ballroom. Guests include sponsor representatives, city officials, team host committees, and VIP’s among an expected crowd of over 400.
Downtown Battle of the Marching Bands
Friday, January 5th, 2007 - 5:30pm-6:30pm
Marching bands and spirited fans will begin an evening of downtown fun
Don’t wait until game day to be in downtown Toronto’s extraordinary Entertainment District. On Friday evening the marching bands from each school will face off in the middle of John Street. Each band will perform their school fight song and then alternate with selected numbers to stir the crowd and better the previous tune. After crowning the winner the streets get quieter as band members and fans filter into the many eateries and pubs in the finest Entertainment District in North America. Bands will arrive at 5:30pm and end around 6:30pm.
Grand March into the Stadium
Saturday, January 6th, 2007 - 10:30am
These fans are ready to go -- let the game begin
The inaugural International Bowl gets off to a rousing start as each school hosts a pre-game pep rally at the Rogers Centre. Join the marching bands and cheerleaders for a pre-game performance and rally on the stadium plaza prior to entering the stadium. The Big East band will be on the east plaza and the MAC band will be on the west plaza.
International Bowl Game
Saturday, January 6th, 2007 - Kickoff at Noon
Get a program, grab a hot dog, and settle in for the action
At 12:00 noon on Saturday January 6th the Mid-American Conference representative will square off against a Big East Conference opponent in the inaugural game of the International Bowl. This new event is destined to become an annual classic for the Mid America and Big East Conferences, and for everyone in the Greater Toronto Area. Gates will open at 10:30 a.m.