PEACH BOWL RECAP
January 6, 2016
To continue our recap of the 2015-2016 bowl season, Keelin McNamara and Chandler Ryberg give us a look at the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl.
Cougars & Seminoles come together for a team dinner at the College Football Hall of Fame
ATLANTA — The Florida State Seminoles and Houston Cougars arrived in Atlanta on Dec. 26 for the 48th annual Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The teams’ busy week was filled with the best sights and sounds Atlanta has to offer, including tours of the College Football Hall of Fame, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Museum, and his home church, Ebenezer Baptist, and visits to local children’s hospitals.
The week kicked off with a tour of the College Football Hall of Fame and a joint team dinner where Gary Stokan, President and CEO for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, addressed the players.
“This week we want you to do four things: first, live, laugh and learn; second, have an attitude of gratitude; third, enjoy the journey; and fourth, do the right thing all the time and all the time do things right,” Stokan said.
While the players toured Atlanta and competed for the coveted Battle for Bowl Week belt, fans joined in on the bowl experience by taking part in several pep rallies, a parade through downtown, battle of the bands and other activities. On Dec. 31, fans had the opportunity to watch the parade in Centennial Olympic Park and then continue the game day experience in the Georgia World Congress Center with Fan Fest.
FSU cheerleaders get ready to perform at Fan Night
Fan Fest included a pep rally with the team bands and cheerleaders, games, sponsor tents, face painting, zip lines, and other events, making it one of the largest fan events during the bowl season. One father and son duo at Fan Fest were neither Cougar nor Seminole fans, but rather bowl game fans.
“We got him tickets to two bowl games for Christmas. We went to the Birmingham Bowl on Dec. 30 and now we are here at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. We’re excited to be here, enjoy what each city has to offer, and have great back-to-back bowl game experiences!”
“We traveled from Melbourne, Florida and my daughter, Peyton, is on the FSU cheer team,” proud dad, John Ringumburn said. “We’re here to enjoy Atlanta, have fun at Fan Fest and support the Noles!”
During the rest of the week, fans had the opportunity to visit the team hotels for picture opportunities and visit the Georgia Aquarium for Fan Night. The Georgia Aquarium Fan Night sold out and was packed from wall-to-wall as fans toured the aquarium before the bands and cheerleaders performed.
Prior to the highly anticipated kickoff, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl staff created a week of events that highlighted what the city of Atlanta has to offer, giving everyone the opportunity to get a true sense of the city and what the bowl season is all about.
“The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is a first-class operation,” Houston Defensive Coordinator Todd Orlando said. “The organization, the hospitality – it’s tremendous and this is a great opportunity for us to be here.”