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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Dec. 5, 2009

National championship travel, ticket options available for Bearcat football fans

Travel, ticket and celebration package information has been announced for Northwest fans attending the 2009 NCAA Division II football national championship game Saturday, Dec. 12, in Florence, Ala. Kickoff between the Northwest Bearcats and the Grand Valley State University Lakers is at noon CST at Braly Municipal Stadium.

Purchase travel and tickets

Travel package and ticket purchases may be made in person at the Student Services Center on the first floor of the Administration Building or by calling 660.562.1212.

• Sunday, Dec. 6, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
• Monday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
• Tuesday, Dec. 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
• Wednesday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m.-noon

All reservations and ticket purchases must be made by noon Wednesday, Dec. 9. All sales are final and must be paid with cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.


Game tickets

Games tickets are $20, and lost or stolen tickets will not be replaced.


Championship celebration package

This year's championship celebration package, sponsored by the Northwest Alumni Association, is free for all Bearcat fans.

• The tailgate party begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 12, in the parking lot north of Braly Municipal Stadium. Complimentary coffee, hot chocolate and donuts (while supplies last) will be available to all Bearcat fans prior to the game. The Bearcat Marching Band and Northwest cheerleaders will perform.

• The postgame celebration begins immediately following the game at the Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa's Conference Center, 800 Cox Creek Parkway South in Florence. This complimentary event for all Bearcat fans features the trophy presentation and remarks from Bearcat coaches and players. A cash bar will be available. (Please note, food will not be served at this event.)

Directions to postgame celebration: From the visitors' side of Braly Municipal Stadium, head south on Royal Avenue all the way to Veterans Drive. Take a left on Veterans Drive and go about 1.5 miles. Turn right on the driveway before the Marriott sign. The Marriott Conference Center is on the right, 800 Cox Creek Parkway South.


Travel options

Option 1: Friday morning via chartered bus

Ride to the championship game in Florence with fellow Bearcats. It's a 12-hour bus ride, and fans get to leave all the details to Northwest. Buses will depart Maryville at 7 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11, from the paved parking lot west of the College Park Pavilion and will make
several rest stops and a meal stop. Fans will stay at the Hampton Inn in Florence. Saturday, the buses will arrive at Braly Municipal Stadium about 9 a.m. for the Bearcat tailgate party and will leave Florence following the postgame celebration at about 6 p.m. and will make a stop for an evening meal.

The package includes:
• Transportation
• 1-night hotel accommodation
• Game ticket
• Championship celebration package

Cost:
• 2 people per room……….$220 per person
• 3 people per room……….$204 per person
• 4 people per room……….$195 per person


Option 2: Friday evening via chartered bus

Just like in Option 1, fans can leave the details to Northwest. This bus will leave Maryville at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, from the paved parking lot west of the College Park Pavilion. It's a 12-hour bus ride, and the bus will stop at Shoney's in Florence at 7 a.m. for breakfast and then arrive at Braly Municipal Stadium about 9 a.m. - just in time for the Bearcat tailgate party. The bus will leave Florence following the postgame celebration at about 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, and will make a stop for an evening meal.

The package includes:
• Transportation
• Game ticket
• Championship celebration package

Cost:
• $166 per person


Option 3: Air travel

Please contact Cotter Travel at 660.562.3000 for individual air travel options. Fans will need to purchase their game tickets.


Option 4: Lodging

The Shoals National Championship Committee has arranged lodging on a first-come, first-served basis for fans attending the National Championship event. Check availability at these properties:

Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa (Bearcat Headquarters), Florence
256.246.3600

Comfort Inn, Florence
256.740.0444

Hampton Inn and Suites, Florence
256.767.8282

Jameson Inn, Florence
256.764.5326

Hampton Inn, Florence
256.764.8888

Best Western/Fairwinds Inn, Muscle Shoals
256.381.0236

Days Inn, Muscle Shoals
256.383.3000

Super 8, Killen
256.757.2167

Comfort Inn and Suites, Muscle Shoals
256.248.0850

Holiday Inn, Sheffield
256.381.4710

Cold Water Inn, Tuscumbia
256.383.6844

For additional information on lodging and camping locations, contact the Florence/Lauderdale Tourism Bureau at 888.356.8687.


Northwest Missouri State University official travel assistance is offered only as a convenience to its patrons. Northwest and its employees assume no responsibility for and cannot be held liable for any personal injury, property damage or other loss, accident, delay, inconvenience or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason of (1) any wrongful, negligent, or unauthorized acts or omissions on the part of any of the suppliers; (2) any wrongful, negligent, or unauthorized acts or omissions on the part of any employee of any of these suppliers; (3) any defect in or failure of any vehicle, equipment, or instrument owned, operated or otherwise used by any of these suppliers; or (4) any wrongful or negligent acts or omissions on the part of any other party not under the supervision and control, direct or otherwise, of Northwest Missouri State University.

 


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468