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Downtown West Palm Beach Preparing to Host ‘South Florida’s Largest Tailgate Party’

Posted by Dan Hauser on Monday, November 23rd, 2015 at 4:04pm.

The week of Thanksgiving is typically one of the more exciting weeks during the college football season. Most schools either play their in-state rival or a rival from their conference. The result is a heated battle on the field, and a bevy of trash talking off the field from each team's fans. As a result, the City of West Palm Beach is turning its downtown waterfront area, specifically Myer Amphitheatre into "South Florida's Largest Tailgate Party".

The event will kick off Saturday, November 28th at high noon when the amphitheatre gets a football field makeover and football fans from all around can spend the day watching their favorite team play on one of two large screens that will be set up on the stage.

The day will feature Michigan vs Ohio State at noon, the Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn at 3:30, and will be highlighted by Florida vs Florida State at 7:30pm. There will even be a Gator side and Seminole side, so fans can sit together to cheer on their team.

The event is free to the public, but VIP seats are available for $50. Parking will be free in city garages from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with validation received on entry.

Organizers are expecting anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 people for Saturday's event and have created a Game Day Merchant GameCard that will be handed out in hopes that people will also visit the shops and restaurants downtown. The cards entitle visitors to discounts from 20 merchants from Clematis Street to Rosemary Avenue. Shoppers who get a card checked by a participating merchant can bring it back to the amphitheater to be entered in prize drawings.

Vendors will also be on site to provide refreshments for a cost, including McCray’s Barbecue and Chick-fil-A. In addition, Uber will be offering a free ride, up to $20, for first-time riders to the event, using Uber’s App and promo code GAMEDAY 2015.

For more information on the event, or to purchase VIP Tickets, visit www.wpbcollegegameday.com.

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