Playbook: BlueCross Bowl-cation
Nov. 2018
9 STEPS TO KICK-OFF YOUR BLUECROSS BOWL-CATION IN COOKEVILLE
So, the semi-finals are over…
You are officially on the "Road to Cookeville!"  Now what!?
Here's your playbook to 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 CookevilleChampions.com. Tickets are only $12 per day.
 
Rest assured.
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.
 
ChampionSHOP. 
Cookeville makes it easy for Bowl-goers to play Santa, marking off those Christmas to-do lists. Home to locally owned and big box 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, the new $45M retail development with 250,000 square feet of space on “Restaurant Row” (Interstate Drive).
 
Take a culinary crawl. 
While filling your shopping bags, be sure to fill your belly too! 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 and craft coffee roasters 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 of The Nutcracker 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 or even the Cookeville Escape attraction.
 
Tour Tech. 
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 10,492 students on a 235-acre campus. Tucker Stadium seats 16,500 and has an artificial turf surface. 
 
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 New Year’s resolutions, and see What’s New at VisitCookevilleTN.com/whats-new-2019
 
BlueCross Bowl Weekend Event Snapshot (CT)
 
Thurs., Nov. 29:
Division I, Class 2A, 11 a.m. – Trousdale Co. vs. Peabody
Division I, Class 4A, 3 p.m. – Greeneville vs. Haywood
Division I, Class 6A, 7 p.m. – Oakland vs. Whitehaven
Brew and Browse at The Outdoor Experience
Christmas Light Drive-thru Display at Hidden Hollow Park
Festival of Trees, Atrium of Quality Inn
 
Fri., Nov. 30:
Division II, Class 1A, 11 a.m. – Friendship Christian vs. Davidson Academy
Division II, Class 2A, 3 p.m. – Christ Presbyterian Academy vs. Battle Ground Academy
Division II, Class 3A, 7 p.m. – Brentwood Academy vs. Memphis University School
Campfire Night at Cummins Falls State Park
Christmas Light Drive-thru Display at Hidden Hollow Park
Festival of Trees, Atrium of Quality Inn
Train Tales Story Time at Cookeville Depot
Winter Concert & Nutcracker at the Cookeville Performing Arts Center
 
Sat., Dec. 1:
Division I, Class 1A, 11 a.m. – Whitwell vs. Cornersville
Division I, Class 3A, 3 p.m. – Alcoa vs. Covington
Division I, Class 5A, 7 p.m. – Knoxville Central vs. Henry County
Christmas Home & Hearth Market Celebration & Monterey Christmas Parade
Christmas Light Drive-thru Display at Hidden Hollow Park
Cookeville Depot Christmas Open House
Festival of Trees, Atrium of Quality Inn
Lighting of the Tower at Edgar Evins State Park
Winter Concert & Nutcracker at the Cookeville Performing Arts Center
 
Sunday, Dec. 2
Christmas in the Park, Tree Lighting Ceremony in Dogwood Park
Christmas Light Drive-thru Display at Hidden Hollow Park
Festival of Trees, Atrium of Quality Inn
 
For more events, go to: VisitCookevilleTN.com/events
 
For more BlueCross Bowl info, go to: VisitCookevilleTN.com/champions
 
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.

 

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