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ROLL CALL: Cotton Bowl Edition! Events | Tailgates | Tickets | Watch Parties

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The Cotton Bowl is almost here! Where will you watch it?

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4/5/5 BAYLOR (11-1, 8-1) vs. 7/7/8 MICHIGAN STATE (10-2, 7-1)
Jan. 1, 2015 | 11:30 a.m. CT
Arlington, Texas | AT&T Stadium (80,000)

TV: ESPN
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The waiting is nearly over, folks. Less than 40 hours remain until the 2015 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic begins. The anticipation is mounting and excitement is reaching a fever pitch. This is going to be an excellent game. If you're a Baylor fan and you're not excited for this game, well, I don't know that I can help you. We're doing everything we can here on the blog to get you pumped, and there's even more coming between now and kickoff on New Years Day. Let's take a look at some of the events planned in the hours leading up until kickoff. For a complete list of Cotton Bowl festivities, official tailgates, and even a detailed set of instructions on how to throw a Sic 'Em (though if you don't know how that works at this point, I'm not sure these instructions can really be of much assistance), check out the official Baylor Nation Fan Zone. It's worth your time!

Pregame Events

December 31, 2014

3:00-5:00 p.m.: Plainscapital Bank Battle of the Bands
Klyde Warren Park 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy, Dallas, TX 75201
Both college bands will be going head to head in a friendly battle for band supremacy in a pep-rally atmosphere at Klyde Warren Park. The family-friendly event will begin at 3:30 p.m. CDT and includes food trucks and plenty of fun in one of the premier parks in America.

4:30-6:30 p.m.: Baylor Alumni Sports Network Cotton Bowl Fan Fest
Irving Convention Center
500 W. Las Colinas Blvd.
Exhibit Hall B
Irving, TX
Activities such as a performance by the Golden Wave Band and Baylor Spirit Squad, watch team highlights, inflatables, face painting, and food and beverages for sale at the concessions, all to help fans prepare for the big game. Free giveaways (while supplies last). Just enjoy the party for Baylor Nation! Big 12 trophies will be available for a photo op from 4:30-6:00 pm. This is a free event!

January 1, 2014

8:30-11:30 a.m.: Baylor Alumni Sports Network Cotton Bowl Tailgate
816 North Collins Street, Directly across the street from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX
Price: $25 per person (children under 7 are free)
Registration Deadline: 12/31/2014 @ 10:00 a.m.
To Register, call (866) 281-9444, or Click this link!

Join the Baylor Sports Network at Baylor's most popular tailgates on the road at the Cotton Bowl. As a part of the Baylor Alumni Network, the Baylor Sports Network Tailgate on the road provides an opportunity for all to connect and re-connect with fellow Bears. Join Baylor fans, and meet our Baylor Yell Leaders. All this is done within a family-friendly environment, so bring the entire crew and join us as we cheer on the Bears to victory.

Menu includes breakfast tacos, sausage, biscuits and gravy, banana and blueberry muffins, and hot dogs.

Game Tickets

If you're within a reasonable driving distance of AT&T Stadium and have the means and freedom to attend, you absolutely should go. While the Baylor allotment is sold out, there still are tickets available through the Michigan State allotment, and the Spartans are not discouraging Baylor fans from buying tickets through the Michigan State site. If you want to go that route, check out their website here. If you'd rather go to the secondary market, there are plenty of tickets available at both TicketCity and StubHub. There may be other options available also, and if you're aware of some, please feel free to share. There's no excuse for Baylor fans living in driving range that have the time and money to not go to this game. Get there!

Watch Parties

The Alumni Network is looking for folks to host watch parties! If you're looking for one but don't know that there's one in your area, why not organize it? Here's what the FanZone has to say:

If you can't be in Arlington for the game, then how about hosting a watch party for your Bears? The Baylor Alumni Network is looking for volunteers to find a restaurant or other public venue in their city where fellow Bears can gather to cheer the green and gold to a Cotton Bowl victory!

If you're interested in being that amazing fan that puts it together and hosts, you should check out this link and get it going. You'll be our hero. Meanwhile, here's the list of the rest of the watch parties!

Cotton Bowl Watch Party - Orange County
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Watch Party - Seattle
Cotton Bowl Watch Party - Colorado Springs
Cotton Bowl Watch Party - Denver
Cotton Bowl Watch Party - Phoenix/Scottsdale
Cotton Bowl Watch Party- Austin
Cotton Bowl Watch Party - Houston
Cotton Bowl Watch Party - San Antonio
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Watch Party - Dallas
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Watch Party - Central Illinios
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Watch Party - NYC (the official Watch Party of Theodore Video)
Cotton Bowl Watch Party - Elkhart, IN
Cotton Bowl Watch Party - Charlotte
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Watch Party - Athens, GA
Cotton Bowl Watch Party - Boston
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Watch Party - Washington, D.C.
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Watch Party- Arlington, VA
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Watch Party - Atlanta
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Watch Party - SE Michigan

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