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Kicking Off an Amazing Labor Day Weekend in The Mile High City
Denver, Co. – August 5, 2014 – For the first time ever, the Rocky Mountain Showdown presented by Prestige Audi is moving to Friday, August 29, with a kick-off at 7:00 p.m., for a game under the lights at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The all-Colorado football classic pits the University of Colorado Buffaloes against the Colorado State Rams for Centennial State bragging rights.
But you don't have to be alumnus of either school to enjoy the excitement of college football right in downtown Denver. The Showdown is just one part of what will be another amazing Labor Day Weekend in Denver, featuring free festivals, can't-miss museum exhibits and more.
New this year, the “Fan 4-pack” is available for just $99, and includes four tickets to the game, four sodas and four hot dogs. In addition, individual tickets start at $25, and can be purchased at RockyMountainShowdown.com.
THE LOWDOWN ON THE SHOWDOWN
Kick-Off the Weekend Early at an Alumni Pep Rally
The first “showdown” between the Colorado Buffaloes and the Colorado State Rams took place in February of 1893. Some 121 years later, the rivalry still runs deep. Join CU and CSU alumnae in Denver to celebrate this long-standing rivalry!
The CSU Alumnae Association will kick-off the festivities on Thursday, August 28 at 5:30 pm at Lodo’s Bar & Grill in downtown Denver. Fans can sport their Green & Gold for spirited photos in the photo booth, and rally with Elite DJ’s, CAM the Ram, and the CSU Cheer Squad, while enjoying the Rocky Mountain sunset at one of Denver’s top rooftop bars.
Pre-Game Fun at a Mile High
August 29 is the day to sport your Green & Gold and Gold & Black for College Colors Day in Denver (and around the nation!). Before the big game in the Sports Authority Field at Mile High parking lots, join fellow fans getting their pep on at the state’s most spirited tailgate parties.
Colorado State University Tailgate Party: Join CAM the Ram, the CSU Marching Band and the Spirit Squad for a fun, public tailgating event to gear up for the big showdown. A food ticket costs $25 for members (Alumni Association, Ram Club and RAAA), $30 for non-members and $15 for children 12 and under. Register online by August 25.
University of Colorado Tailgate Party: CU Buffs fans can party in Lot C (look for the giant, 20-foot inflatable buffalo “Alphie”) at a public, family-friendly tailgate party prior to kick-off. The pregame event features music, entertainment, games, Ralphie, the marching band, Chip, cheerleaders and plenty of giveaways for CU fans. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
After a coin toss officiated by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and school officials, kickoff is scheduled at 7:00 p.m. The Buffs won a closely contested game in 2013, 41-27, so it’s a clear bet the Rams will be thinking revenge in 2014. Halftime is a spectacle too, with cheerleader dance routines, both teams’ marching bands and much more. Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and game officials will deliver the coveted Centennial Cup to the winning team at the end of what is sure to be an epic Showdown. Buy your tickets now!
Experience Labor Day Weekend In Denver
The Showdown is just the beginning of a wild Labor Day weekend in Denver. Some other activities:
Enjoy free bands and tasty bites from more than 50 restaurants at A Taste of Colorado in Civic Center Park. This fun – and free – festival has food trucks, amusement park rides, family friendly activities, and fireworks. Five stages provide continuous live music, including R&B superstars En Vogue, Joel and Luke Smallbone and KING & COUNTRY.
Stroll through beautiful gardens enhanced with gigantic sculptures by the celebrated American artist Dale Chihuly at Denver Botanic Gardens presents Chihuly.
Enjoy exciting major league baseball on Labor Day when the Colorado Rockies take on the San Francisco Giants in downtown Denver’s classic ballpark, Coors Field.
Labor Day Weekend could be your last chance to go to the top of the continent this summer! Mount Evans Scenic Byway, just 47 miles west of Denver, climbs 14,264 feet above sea level for an awe-inspiring adventure. Weather conditions often make it necessary to close the byway after Labor Day…due to snow! Mount Evans is the highest paved auto road in North America.
Hop on a Denver B-cycle (the city’s huge bike sharing system with 850 bikes at 83 stations) and ride from brewery to brewery on the city’s extensive bike trail network. Denver has 33 breweries in city limits and more than 100 in the metro area, giving it the title the “Napa Valley of Beer.”
Find out more things to do in Denver over the long weekend.
The 2014 Rocky Mountain Showdown is presented by Prestige Audi. Associate sponsors are 104.3 The Fan, KS 107.5 and CBS4. Supporting Sponsors include Westword and Century Link.
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About Denver Sports
Denver Sports was founded in 2001 to help bring high-profile sporting events to Denver. The organization is best known for its involvement with the 2008 NCAA Men's Frozen Four, the 2012 NCAA Women's Final Four and the annual Rocky Mountain Showdown football game that matches the University of Colorado Boulder against Colorado State University. For the past 11 years, the organization also led the effort to position Denver for a possible future Olympic Bid. In December 2012, Denver Sports merged themselves with VISIT DENVER's sports marketing efforts. More information can be found at VISITDENVER.com/DenverSports.
About VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau
Celebrating more than 100 years of promoting The Mile High City, VISIT DENVER is a nonprofit trade association that contracts with the City of Denver to market Denver as a convention and leisure destination, increasing economic development in the city, creating jobs and generating taxes. A record 14 million visitors stayed overnight in Denver in 2013, generating $4 billion in spending, while supporting nearly 50,000 jobs, making Tourism the second largest industry in Denver. Learn more about Denver on the VISITDENVER website and at TOURISMPAYSDENVER or by phone at 800 2 Denver. Follow Denver’s social media channels for up-to-the-minute updates at: Facebook.com/visitdenver; Twitter.com/iknowdenver; Instagram.com/visitdenver; and YouTube.com/visitdenver.
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