9 STEPS TO KICK-OFF YOUR BLUECROSS BOWL-CATION IN COOKEVILLE
Great news! You are officially on the "Road to Cookeville!"
Now what!? Mask up and check out our playbook on traveling like a champion.
1. 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 here. Tickets are only $12 per game.
2. 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. These lodging partners are offering special rates for the 2020 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 & boutique-ing, 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 $45M retail development with 250,000 square feet of space on what the locals call “Restaurant Row” (Interstate Drive) and the small businesses located on the Historic Westside and Courthouse Square.
4. 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.
5. Touchdowns + Tinsel: Experience a #CKVLChristmas
In addition to that state champ win, celebrate the season with a Cookeville Christmas. Enjoy the largest Christmas light display in the Upper Cumberland at the Hidden Hollow Christmas Light Spectacular: Drive Thru. Browse a festive forest display of Christmas trees at the Cookeville History Museum. See the beautiful lit Christmas tree at the heart of Dogwood Park.
6. Have a state-of-the “art” experience.
Hear area musicians play at a mom ‘n’ pop restaurant or brewery and stroll through local art galleries.
7. Fun-tastic Activities.
Family fun doesn’t end at Tucker Stadium. Take a trip to Cookeville Bullseye for ax throwing, bounce the night away at Thrive Family Fun Center trampoline park, get comfy with a board game at The Table board game lounge, or bowl a strike at Bowling World.
8. Tour Tennessee Tech.
You’re already on campus, learn more about what Tennessee Tech University has to offer by booking a tour with the admissions office. Tech has over 10,000 students, offers 200+ academic programs and has a 235-acre campus. Contact Tennessee Tech Office of Admissions for more information.
9. 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.
BlueCross Bowl Weekend Snapshot (CT)
Thurs., Dec. 3:
Division II, Class 2A, 11 a.m.
Division II, Class 1A, 3 p.m.
Division II, Class 3A, 7 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 4:
Division I, Class 3A, 11 a.m.
Division I, Class 1A, 3 p.m.
Division I, Class 5A, 7 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 5:
Division I, Class 4A, 11 a.m.
Division I, Class 2A, 3 p.m.
Division I, Class 6A, 7 p.m.
For more events, go to: VisitCookevilleTN.com/events
For more BlueCross Bowl info, go to: CookevilleChampions.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.