Wednesday, October 16, 2013

AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic- 2014

Despite the fact that all of our energies are focused on Las Vegas next week, it’s timely to talk about the Lion’s Den Invitational looming just over the horizon in 2014. The Cotton Bowl Committee has extended an invitation to provide pre-game entertainment on the Special Events Plaza at the AT&T Stadium [formerly known as Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, TX] Friday, January 3, from 2:35-4:45.

This sets in motion a whole bunch of questions, many of which are presently being answered. For example, we will require that all of the Competitors qualify at World Challenge XXII at the Stratosphere.

This event will be choreographed like the half-time entertainment at the Super Bowl. We must wrap up the competition with the last race precisely before the pep-ralley. That’s why the 4:45 finish time.

We will lead off with Lion’s Den members in the age/sex categories who attended World Challenge XXII and finish with a single elimination tournament of the top 16 Relays based on best time. Invitations will be extended strictly on the basis of merit (i.e., rank order). An RSVP will be required. Barring that eventuality, the invitation will move to the next person on the list and so on and so forth. There is no registration fee.

Since lodging is likely to be problematic at this time - due to the 100,000 attendees, fire stations in the Metroplex will be offering bunks to you. There are a myriad of other logistical questions that we’re working on, such as possible special TV coverage, parking, etc.

Clearly, we cannot accommodate everyone that would like to be there. Assuming that our audition is well-received, this may become a regularly occurring feature in the out-years.

In preparation for the event, and to kick off our Engine Company Good - To - Go initiative, we will be locating our tower at the AFD’s Training Academy the first week in November. If you’re interested in being a part of the Event Crew and work on setting up, re-cocking, or pack-up send an expression of interest to the email below.

Write down your questions and send them along to Info@FFCC.TV. I’ll be posting updates here as we know more.

Ron Beckman and Road Crew did a site inspection of the Special Events Plaza of the newly titled AT&T Stadium in preparation of our appearance at the Cotton Bowl Classic, January 3, 2014. 

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