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2017 Holiday Bowl Schedule Of Events

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There are a number of great ways to celebrate Michigan State during the Spartans’ visit to San Diego for the 2017 Holiday Bowl.  Here are some useful links to keep updated with all of the fun:

http://www.msusandiego.com/
https://www.facebook.com/MSUsandiego/
http://alumni.msu.edu/get-together/spartan-central/

http://www.holidaybowl.com
http://www.msuspartans.com/

All of the official events planned for Spartan fans are listed below.  There are plenty of opportunities to show your Spartan Spirit during the Holiday Bowl week of festivities.  These events are open to all Spartans, whether they are members of the San Diego Alumni Club or are Spartans in town for the game.

 

Friday Dec 22 – MSU Alumni Club Welcomes the Spartan Football Team to San Diego

The Spartan football team will be arriving in San Diego on Friday, December 22nd, sometime during the afternoon or evening.  The MSU Alumni Club of San Diego has been invited to greet the team when they arrive at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in downtown San Diego.  We will be joined by the Holiday Bowl RedCoat welcoming committee, a mariachi band, and others in welcoming the Spartans to America’s Finest City.

Registration is not required and all Spartans are welcome to attend. Let’s give the team a great first impression of the San Diego alumni and don’t forget to wear your green and white!  Signs are also encouraged.  What better way to start the Holiday Bowl week!

Note: there is no free parking at the hotel – you will have to pay to park there, or park elsewhere downtown.

Date: Friday Dec 22
Time: TBD (estimated time will be announced via email, facebook, and website a day or two prior)
Location: Manchester Grand Hyatt
Address: 1 Market Pl, San Diego, CA 92101
Contact: sparty@msusandiego.com

 

Monday Dec 25 – Spartan Day at The San Diego Zoo

All Spartans have the opportunity to greet the football team as they exit the buses and enter the world famous San Diego Zoo. Alumni are welcome to purchase tickets and enjoy the day at the zoo with the Spartan football team as well as fellow alumni and fans.  We don’t know yet exactly when the team will arrive or how long they will stay.

Date: Monday Dec 25
Time: TBD (estimated time will be announced via email, facebook, website)
Location: San Diego Zoo
Address: 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Contact: sparty@msusandiego.com

 

Tue Dec 26 – Spartan Marching Band Practice

Come watch the world famous Spartan Marching Band practice for their Holiday Bowl performance. Practice will take place at La Jolla High School, 750 Nautilus Street, La Jolla CA 92037. Practice is open to the public.

Date: Tue Dec 26
Time: 7:00-9:30 pm
Location: La Jolla High School
Address: 750 Nautilus Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
Contact: sparty@msusandiego.com

 

Wed Dec 27 – Battle of the Bands and National Funding Kickoff Luncheon

Over 1,200 guests annually attend this “can’t-miss” bowl event and are treated to a great lunch, the heart-pounding sounds of the two university bands, video team highlight presentations and team interviews. Guests have the opportunity to sit and interact with the players and coaches of MSU and WSU.  The event begins at 11:00 am with a “Battle of the Bands.” At the end of the band concert, guests will make their way to the ballroom where they will have the chance to sit and eat and chat with players from their favorite school. In addition to a fantastic lunch, they will be treated to a program featuring  head coaches, team captains,FOX personalities, as well as highlight reels from each team’s season.  Individual luncheon seats are $65, and full tables are $650.  Full tables include ten (10) seats – eight (8) seats for you and your guests, and two (2) seats for players from university.

Date: Wed Dec 27
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Manchester Grand Hyatt
Address: 1 Market Pl, San Diego, CA 92101
Website For Ticket Purchase: http://www.holidaybowl.com/kickoff-luncheon/

 

Wed Dec 27 – Spartan Marching Band Practice

Come watch the world famous Spartan Marching Band practice for their Holiday Bowl performance. Practice will take place at La Jolla High School, 750 Nautilus Street, La Jolla CA 92037. Practice is open to the public.

Date: Wed Dec 27
Time: 2:00-4:30 pm
Location: La Jolla High School
Address: 750 Nautilus Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
Contact: sparty@msusandiego.com

 

Wed Dec 27 – San Diego Spartans Holiday Bowl Happy Hour

The San Diego Spartans are coordinating  a spirited green and white happy hour event at barleymash in the Gaslamp Quarter (5th & Market).  This event is open to all Spartan fans – local San Diego Spartans as well as fans and alumni in town for the Holiday Bowl.  The manager of barleymash is an MSU alum and wants to make this a fun time for all.  Barleymash is a family-friendly restaurant & bar prior to 10pm – children & minors are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian.  This event is centrally located in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, within close walking distance to the other Holiday Bowl events on the 27th.

The San Diego Spartans Holiday Bowl Happy Hour will feature:

  • Spartan decorations and multimedia presentations on the televisions
  • Happy hour food and drink specials
  • Free giveaways
  • Raffle to benefit the San Diego Spartans Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • San Diego Spartans Club T-Shirt Sales
  • No RSVP required
  • No cover charge

Date: Wed Dec 27
Time: 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: barleymash
Address: 600 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Contact: sparty@msusandiego.com

Wed Dec 27th – Holiday Bowl Marching Band Showcase

Festivities for the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl continue in downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp District.  Marching bands and spirit squads from both Michigan State University and Washington State University will perform a heart-pounding Battle of the Bands! The pep rally atmosphere of the Carrier Johnson + Culture Holiday Bowl Marching Band Showcase is fun for the whole family. This is an outing that you won’t want to miss! The event is free for the public.

Date: Wed Dec 27
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Horton Plaza Park
Address: 900 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Website: http://www.holidaybowl.com/holiday-bowl-marching-band-showcase/

 

Wed Dec 27th – MSU Alumni Association Spartan Social

7:30 pm – Exact details are still TBD.  Information will be posted at:

http://alumni.msu.edu/get-together/spartan-central/

 
Thu Dec 28th – San Diego Spartans March In The Holiday Bowl Parade (registration required)

The scenic bayside streets of downtown San Diego will come alive with the 2017 Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade – a San Diego Bowl Games Production. As always, this exciting family event brings together world-class marching bands, magnificent floats, entertaining drill teams, and a procession of enormous balloons – more than any other parade! Over 100,000 street-side spectators will enjoy the parade along with a nationwide television audience.

The MSU Alumni Club of San Diego has the privilege to march in the parade along with the Spartan Marching Band and the team float. This is a great opportunity for Spartans of all ages to show off their Spartan spirit.

The club is limited to a maximum of 200 marchers, so we are using an external registration system to manage the RSVPs (link). While the parade itself does not begin until 10:00am, please plan to arrive no later than 8:30am. We will meet on North Harbor Drive right in front of the San Diego County Administrative Building (Waterfront Park) near the MSU float. Somebody from the club will be there to check-in the marchers. Plan on extra time for parking (there are a number of pay lots in the vicinity). Be sure to wear your Michigan State Spartan Gear. Go Green!

YOU MUST RSVP VIA THIS LINK IN ORDER TO MARCH

Date: Thu Dec 28
Time: 8:30am
Location: Waterfront Park
Address: 1600 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Registration Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-diego-spartans-march-in-the-holiday-bowl-parade-tickets-1680106243
Parade Website: http://www.holidaybowl.com/events/parade/

 

Thu Dec 28 – Pregame Tailgating at SDCCU Stadium Lot

The SDCCU Stadium Parking Lot opens at noon on game day.  Cost of parking is $20 per car.

Holiday Bowl SDCCU Stadium Website: http://www.holidaybowl.com/holiday-bowl-game-day-and-venue-info/

 

Option 1 – Meetup with MSU Alumni Club of San Diego Spartans

The MSU Alumni Club of San Diego will not be holding an official tailgate due to a great number of uncertainties and logistical challenges.  However, we are encouraging all San Diego Spartans who wish to tailgate and socialize with other San Diego Spartans prior to the game to park in a designated section of the parking lot (exact location TBD) which will be posted a few days prior via email, website, and facebook.

 

 

Option 2 – Official MSU Alumni Association Tailgate

Exact details are still TBD.  Information will be posted at:

http://alumni.msu.edu/get-together/spartan-central/

 
Option 3 – Official Holiday Bowl Fan Zone Tailgate

The San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl will again host the Global Winter Wonderland FanZone, the ultimate pregame fan experience. Sample the local brews in the craft beer garden! San Diego is home to over 120 craft breweries, so elevate your tailgate game with the best brews in town. Fans can take part in interactive combine-style football skills challenges, from kicking a field goal to passing target practice. Watch a live bowl game or sports action in the sports lounge. Enjoy some of San Diego’s best local food trucks. This is all happening at the Global Winter Wonderland FanZone in the parking lot at SDCCU Stadium before the kickoff of the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl.

Access to the Global Winter Wonderland FanZone is free with a game ticket. Beer Garden wristbands are available for $20 online or $25 at the gate on game day. Must be 21+ with valid ID to enter Beer Garden.  The Global Winter Wonderland FanZone is located in section G-1 of the SDCCU Stadium parking lot. Gates open three hours before kickoff. Must show game ticket upon entrance.

Website: http://www.holidaybowl.com/holiday-bowl-events/fanzone/

 

Fri Dec 29 – MSU vs Cleveland State Basketball Game Watch

After the green glow of our Holiday Bowl victory, let’s cheer for our Spartan basketball team and join the MSU Alumni Club of San Diego as we watch the MSU vs Cleveland State basketball game on Friday Dec 29 at 3pm.  PB Cantina is the official game watch location for the San Diego Spartans and they will have the game broadcast sound on the speakers.  Enjoy happy hour food and drink specials with your fellow Spartans.  Children are welcome to attend if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Date: Fri Dec 29
Time: 3:00pm
Location: PB Cantina
Address: 1466 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

2017-18 Game Watches at PB Cantina

The MSU Alumni Club of San Diego will once again be holding our game watches at PB Cantina for ALL football games, as well as selected basketball games.  We will have sound for all football games, and PB Cantina will be open for us regardless of game time or channel.  At most game watches, we will have club T-shirts for sale.  No reservations are required, and there is no fee for attending.  All fans of the green and white are welcome to attend!