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Konica Minolta Gator Bowl Events

Dec. 31

  • 1:30 p.m. Virginia Pep Rally at the Jacksonville Landing. Join the Cavalier Marching Band, Virginia cheerleaders and mascot in downtown Jacksonville!
  • 3:00 p.m. Winn-Dixie Hometown Gator Bowl Parade the parade route covers 1.2 miles in downtown Jacksonville. The Cavalier Marching Band, Virginia cheerleaders and Cavman will be a part of this Gator Bowl tradition.
  • 7:00 p.m. Closing Wahoo Welcome Party, Twisted Martini at the Jacksonville Landing – a private party open to all Virginia fans 21 and over. The “Cavalier Call-In” radio program featuring the “Voice of the Cavaliers,” Mac McDonald, will be broadcast live from 7:00 9:00 p.m. The $20 charge includes a free drink and champagne toast at midnight. Watch the fireworks display at midnight over the St. John’s River. To purchase tickets, visit

Jan. 1

  • 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Cavalier Countdown Tailgate, Jacksonville Fairgrounds Exhibition Building adjacent to Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. This private pre-game party for Virginia fans will feature a DJ, hot buffet, and cash bar for $30 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. The Cavalier Team Shop will be selling officially licensed Virginia apparel.
  • 10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. Gator Bowl Tailgate Party, Jacksonville Municipal Stadium Entertainment Zone. A multitude of interactive games will to test your athletic skills and there are a variety of inflatable games for kids of all ages to enjoy. The party also features music and all of your tailgating concession essentials. The Cavalier Marching Band, cheerleaders, and Cavman will make an appearance at 11:00 a.m. Admission is $10 or free with the with the official Gator Bowl “Patch.” (The 2008 Konica Minolta Gator Bowl “Patch,” is sold for $10 and may be purchased online. By purchasing the “Patch,” you receive a number of benefits, and admission to the Virginia team outing at Adventure Landing on Dec. 28 from 3:00 5:00 p.m. and to the Tailgate Party.)
  • 1:00 p.m. 2008 Konica Minolta Gator Bowl Virginia vs. Texas Tech, Jacksonville Municipal Stadium
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