The Russell Athletic Bowl party kicked off Friday night at the team’s hotel, Rosen Shingle Creek. The U of L Athletic Office gave a fan appreciation party for fans who ordered tickets through the Cardinal’s website.
The ballroom was laid out with Cardinal decorations, finger foods and cash bars. Two complimentary beverage passes were handed out upon entry. The DJ was on point and everyone was up having a good time.
I ran into one of my co-workers, Tom Scott, who is season ticket holder. It’s good to see a familiar face from home.
On Saturday, I enjoyed my last day at Oranges Lakes Resort and drove to the Florida Citrus Bowl. Traffic was not bad because of an early arrival.
I was not expecting the Citrus Bowl to be smack dab in the middle of the hood. Defense mode was on 10 just off the boarded up project surroundings. The police presence was useless.
“Parking $10!!” is all I heard from saggy pants wearing, gold tooth grilling, corner boys. Sadly, people were falling for it.
It was only a 2 block walk when I saw a sea of Cardinal Red. Advance tickets could be purchased for a dinner and viewing of the Cards/UK basketball rivalry. Those of us with out tickets just stood along the fence and watched.
Total turn out was 51,098. According to wikipedia, The Citrus bowl capacity is just over 70k.
The cutest thing happened on my way to the truck. I heard some sneak dissing boos. I looked over and saw 4 little kids decked out in Miami gear. I got heckled by 10 year olds!
Overall, this was a great cap to my Florida vacation. We just passed TN Titans traffic in Nashville and are headed back to Da Ville.