Preparations underway for annual Holiday Bowl Game

img_0487 SAN DIEGO – The Minnesota Golden Gophers are taking on the Washington State Cougars Tuesday at Qualcomm Stadium for the annual Holiday Bowl Game.

Thousands of fans are expected to attend the game and many more will be taking part in the Port of San Diego’s Holiday Bowl Parade, which helps kick things off.

The parade starts at 10 a.m. on Tuesday on the bay side of the Waterfront Park outside the County Administration Center. The balloons, marching bands and more will head south along Harbor Drive and finish at the corner of Harbor Drive and Pacific Highway near Seaport Village.

The Port of San Diego expects more than 100,000 visitors to line the parade route so parking will be at a premium.

On Monday, marching bands from both schools competed in the annual “Battle of the Bands.”

New this year, fans can enjoy the ultimate pregame party, the National Funding FanZone, featuring a craft beer garden, food trucks and an interactive college football experience.

If you plan to make the Waterfront Park your viewing spot, here are some tips to keep in mind.

  • Consider taking public transportation.The County Center/Little Italy trolley stopis located one block east of the Waterfront Park.
  • Starting at 7:45 a.m., segments of Harbor Drive and Pacific Highway will be closed.
  • The grandstand and television coverage area will limit parade viewing on the park’s extreme southwest corner.
  • No alcohol or smoking (including e-cigarettes) is allowed
  • Glass is not permitted
  • Barbecuing is not permitted
  • Feel free to bring picnics, lawn chairs, sunscreen, blankets and canopies

The fountains will be running from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Waterfront Park closes at 10 p.m.

For more information about parks, visit or if you need more specific information about the Waterfront Park, call its office at (619) 232-PARK (7275).

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Published at Mon, 26 Dec 2016 21:23:39 +0000