GAMEDAY TAILGATE PARTY BRINGS FOOTBALL FANS TO WEST PALM BEACH WATERFRONT
The Seminoles and the Buckeyes emerged victorious, but the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA), City of West Palm Beach, The Merchant Strategy, and all the sponsors and people involved definitely scored with the inaugural College Game Day.
CBS Channel 12 and Palm Beach Post staff writer Carlos Frias were on hand. “It made for a lively tailgate." As early as noon, fans were invited to bring lawn chairs and watch football during what is historically dubbed rivalry week. Ohio State-Michigan, Alabama-Auburn, Penn State-Michigan State. Those were just the warm-up acts for a part of the state where Florida-Florida State is the big rivalry. “But everybody’s friendly — and you can’t beat ‘free',” Young, an event attendee said.
Event organizers invited the Palm Beach Central High marching band to lead the war chant for Florida State. And Pahokee High’s band and cheerleaders stood in for the Seminoles. “It’s definitely a great place to be on a Saturday night,” said Sunnil Bhagwandin, cheering not as much for the ‘Noles as for his daughter on Palm Beach Central’s color guard, Aiyanna. “It’s a good atmosphere to hang out.” Over 4,000 people attended from St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and Broward Counties to spend the day along the waterfront watching college games, eating barbeque from McCray’s, and cheering on their favorite team with the local bands and cheerleaders.
Former FSU players Shelton Thompson, Lavon Brown, Ron Sellers, and Grady Ross, UF player Steven Bell and Michigan player Tony McGee participated and plan to return for 2016 and bring fellow players with them. Plans are already underway for College Game Day.
“I want to say congratulations on a fantastic event! Looked like a great success. The entire Meyer Amphitheater was full and I saw many people walking to and from Clematis and other areas of Downtown. You more than achieved your goal. Well done!" Raphael Clemente, Executive Director of the DDA. “Sharon and Laura, I want to echo what Raphael said. Congratulations on putting together a wonderful event,” said Howard Pincus DDA Board Chair
Many thanks to all of our great sponsors that made the inaugural Braman College Game Day a success. Stay tuned to WWW.WPBCOLLEGEGAMEDAY.COM for continued updates.