Special Fiesta Bowl Events Planned

We have a full calendar of special fan events leading up to Monday's Fiesta Bowl between Ohio State and Notre Dame (5 p.m., ABC). This schedule includes the Buckeye Bash, OSU band events, the New Year's Eve Block Party, a big pregame bash and a chance to participate in four live Fox Sports Net preview shows from Tempe.

With Ohio State attending its third Fiesta Bowl in four years, we should know some of the ins and outs of following the Buckeyes in Tempe, Ariz.

Here is a schedule of some of the key events – one in Columbus and the rest in Arizona --to hit while counting down the days and hours to Monday's game (5 p.m. Eastern, ABC):

Thurs., Dec. 29 and Fri., Dec. 30

* Final OSU Band Practice -- Before leaving Columbus, the OSU marching band spends two days in rehearsal at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. On Thursday, from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m., musicians will practice the music for the pre-game and halftime shows. The band will rehearse Friday from 9-11 a.m., with marching and playing later in the latter part of each of the three sessions.

The band plans to perform the show, "Spanish Brass", during the halftime portion of the Fiesta Bowl. The show features musical portraits of southern Spain, set to familiar Latin melodies.

Fri., Dec. 30

* Fox Sports Net Live at the Fiesta Bowl -- Fox Sports Net Ohio will produce a one-hour live TV show previewing the Fiesta Bowl. The show will be produced beginning at 5 p.m. Mountain time and will air at 7 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports Net Ohio and 6 p.m. Central on Fox Sports Net Chicago. (It also airs live on Fox Sports Net Midwest, but that outlet is split between the two time zones, check listings.)

We are inviting all Bucknuts subscribers and OSU fans to join us for each of these shows, which will be done from McDuffy's sports bar in Tempe (230 W. Fifth, intersection of Ash and Fifth). The shows will be produced from the stage area in the rear of the building. FSN Ohio wants a raucous "game day" atmosphere and we invite everybody to come and see us there.

Jeff Phelps and Joe Germaine will host and Steve Helwagen of Bucknuts.com will be one of the featured guests as well. Stop by and say hi.

Sat., Dec. 31

* Fox Sports Net Live at the Fiesta Bowl -- Again, we'll be doing the show live from McDuffy's at 11 a.m. Mountain time (will air at 1 p.m. Eastern on FSN Ohio and at noon on FSN Chicago and like times on FSN Midwest). Come down to McDuffy's and join us for the show and to also watch the OSU men's basketball team on the screens there against LSU in a game that will run between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Mountain time from Columbus.

* Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Block Party -- The Mill Avenue downtown area of Tempe is blocked off for this annual event, which will include live entertainment and fireworks. This is regarded as one of the nation's best New Years' Eve celebrations.

Named one of the top 10 places in the nation to ring in the New Year by USA Today, and "The Place to Party" by The Sporting News, this year's Tempe Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Block Party is packed with excitement and fun for the entire family. More than 150,000 people are expected to be on hand as national entertainment, spectacular fireworks, carnival rides, interactive games and many more surprises are unveiled.

There is entertainment for the entire family at the Tempe Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Block Party, which has become a long-standing tradition in the Valley of the Sun for the past 20 years. The event offers a place for families to celebrate the New Year with interactive games for the younger kids and music and entertainment for adults.

This year's Block Party will pack its usual punch with two fireworks shows at 10 p.m. and midnight. More than 40 bands are scheduled to play on 10 different stages throughout the event from 4 p.m. to midnight when headline national act Blues Traveler rings in the New Year at Tempe Beach Park.

Other exciting features at this year's Block Party are freestyle motorcross jumping, dueling pianos and the Fiesta Bowl sunburst drop that will countdown the New Year at the Tostitos Main Stage.

Thousands of partygoers annually enjoy different elements of the Block Party, including the largest outdoor dance party, pep rallies featuring the university bands participating in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and the Anthem Kid's Area with interactive sports and activities.

Tickets are $15 in advance at any Fry's Food and Drug Store with a VIP card, or $20 at the gate. For more information call 480-350-0911 or go to www.tostitosfiestabowl.com.

Sun., Jan. 1

* Last Band Rehearsal In Tempe -- The band welcomes the public and OSU Alumni to its final rehearsal before the game. Former band members are welcome to bring instruments and play along at the end of the session. It will be held from 9:30 a.m.-noon at Tempe High School.

* Buckeye Bash and Pep Rally -- The Buckeye Bash will be held from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Tempe Beach Park main stage area near the intersection of Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe.

This free pep rally will feature The Ohio State Marching Band and cheerleaders, plus Coach Jim Tressel and OSU President, Dr. Karen Holbrook. The Buckeye Bash has been a tradition of the Alumni Association since 1969. It is the only Alumni Association sponsored Fiesta Bowl event. Archie Griffin will be master of ceremonies and the Mayor of Tempe is scheduled to say a few words to the Buckeye fans. Food and beverage vendors will be on site selling refreshments during the gathering.

More than 30,000 OSU fans attended the Bash prior to the national championship game in 2003.

* Fox Sports Net Live at the Fiesta Bowl -- This will be the third and last live one-hour show from McDuffy's. The production will run from 5-6 p.m. Mountain time (will air at 7 p.m. Eastern on FSN Ohio and at 6 p.m. on FSN Chicago and like times on FSN Midwest). After the Bash, come down to McDuffy's and join us for the show.

Mon., Jan. 2

* College Football's Biggest Party -- Beginning at 10:30 a.m., the Fiesta Bowl will host College Football's Biggest Party. With the anticipation pumping up just hours before the game, this party packs a wallop of festivity complete with pep rallies, food and beverage booths, and music performed by the universities' marching bands.

It is located just north of Sun Devil Stadium at the ASU Festival Grounds.

Admission is $20 per person and includes meal, beverage and plenty of fun pregame events.

* Fox Sports Net Live at the Fiesta Bowl -- The scene for this show moves to the area of College Football's Biggest Party, just north of Sun Devil Stadium. The show will be produced live from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Mountain time and will air from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on FSN Ohio, 2:30-3:30 p.m. on FSN Chicago and like times on FSN Midwest.

* Tostitos Fiesta Bowl -- Ohio State and Notre Dame meet for just the fifth time ever in the final Fiesta Bowl game played at Sun Devil Stadium. The game is set for a 3:08 p.m. kickoff Mountain time (5:08 p.m. Eastern) and will be televised nationally by ABC.

* More Pregame, Postgame Coverage -- Our partners at WSYX-TV (Ch. 6) in Columbus and WKEF-TV (Ch. 22) in Dayton will also televise their usual one-hour pregame show, "Buckeye Football Fever." That show will be seen at noon Eastern time on Jan. 2 because of ABC's commitments to broadcast the Capital One Bowl from 1-4:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Then, they will air a special one-hour postgame show at 10 p.m. Eastern. It will be seen on WTTE-TV (Ch. 28, the Fox affiliate) in Columbus because Channel 6 will have ongoing coverage of the Orange Bowl between Penn State and Florida State at that time.

Game Data Page

Click the link below for a look at the expanded Game Data page for the Fiesta Bowl between Ohio State and Notre Dame, including pertinent info, depth charts, 2005 game capsules and a prediction:

OSU-Notre Dame Game Data

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