9 STEPS TO KICK-OFF YOUR BLUECROSS BOWL-CATION IN COOKEVILLE
So, the season has kicked-off, and you are officially on the "Road to Cookeville!"
Now what!? Here's our playbook on traveling like a champion.
Save a seat. Earn cash.
The early bird gets the worm, right? Well, at BlueCross Bowl, the early fans get the cash (for their school). Help your school to earn a financial return from TSSAA by purchasing advance tickets, available at your school or via RoadToCookeville.com. Tickets are only $12 per day.
Now that your seat is saved, make plans for a full weekend of fun and football. Next up, securing a place to rest your head. Find comfort for sweet championship dreams at one of more than 1,500 hotel rooms plus unique bed & breakfasts. These lodging partners are offering special rates for the 2019 games.
Cookeville makes it easy for Bowl-goers to play Santa, marking off those Christmas to-do lists. Home to local shops as well as big-name retailers, antiquing & boutiquing, and don’t forget the sportsman & outdoor enthusiast hot spots, you are sure to find something for everyone on your shopping list. *Tip: Be sure to check out The Shoppes at Eagle Point, a new $45M retail development with 250,000 square feet of space on what the locals call “Restaurant Row” (Interstate Drive).
Take a culinary crawl.
Speaking of restaurants ... While filling your shopping bags, be sure to fill your belly. See what’s “Cookin’ in Cookeville” with more than 100 restaurants to choose from, some even boasting fare from world-renowned chefs. Family-friendly breweries, a downtown distillery, and craft coffee connoisseurs round out the tasting experience.
Touchdowns + Tinsel: Experience a #CKVLChristmas
In addition to that state champ win, celebrate the season with a Cookeville Christmas. Multiple Christmas Parades throughout Putnam County, depot holiday open houses, and more. And don’t miss joining thousands in downtown Cookeville’s Dogwood Park for the Christmas in the Park kick-off with the official tree-lighting.
Have a state-of-the “art” experience.
Take in a performance at the Cookeville Performing Arts Center, appreciate local talents at the Appalachian Center for Craft gallery, or hear area musicians play at a mom ‘n’ pop restaurant or brewery.
Fun is spelled W-I-N.
Keep up the competitive spirit, even outside Tucker Stadium with activities such as bowling, laser tag, ax throwing, or the Cookeville Escape attraction.
You’re already on campus, learn more about what Tennessee Tech University has to offer by booking a tour with the admissions office. TTU has 10,140 students on a 235-acre campus.
Take a hike.
Guests to Cookeville are not asked to leave, but are often encouraged to “take a hike.” Surrounded by 24 state parks & natural areas, you will find countless trails and unmeasurable scenic beauty. What better focal-point for a winter hike than a cascading waterfall? More than 150 documented waterfalls are noted within a 40-mile radius of Tucker Stadium.
Not enough time to experience all that Cookeville has to offer during your BlueCross Bowl weekend getaway? Plan another trip as part of your 2020 New Year’s resolutions.
BlueCross Bowl Schedule (CT)
Thurs., Dec. 5:
Division II, Class 1A, 11 a.m.
Davidson Academy (10-2) vs. USJ (10-3)
Division II, Class 2A, 3 p.m.
CPA (7-6) vs. ECS (12-1)
Division II, Class 3A, 7 p.m.
McCallie (10-2) vs. MBA (8-4)
Fri., Dec. 6:
Division I, Class 1A, 11 a.m.
Greenback (12-2) vs. Lake County (14-0)
Division I, Class 3A, 3 p.m.
Alcoa (13-1) vs. Pearl-Cohn (14-0)
Division I, Class 5A, 7 p.m.
Knoxville Central (12-2) vs. Summit (12-2)
Sat., Dec. 7:
Division I, Class 2A, 11 a.m.
Meigs County (13-1) vs. Peabody (14-0)
Division I, Class 4A, 3 p.m.
Elizabethton (14-0) vs. Springfield (11-3)
Division I, Class 6A, 7 p.m.
Maryville (14-0) vs. Ravenwood (13-1)
For more events, go to: VisitCookevilleTN.com/events
For more BlueCross Bowl info, go to: RoadToCookeville.com
Cookeville is centrally-located at the intersection of Interstate 40 and Highway 111, just 70 miles east of Nashville. The most direct route to the stadium is to take Exit 286 and follow Willow Avenue for three miles north to the university campus.