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BIGGEST NAVY @SMU Pre-Game Pep Rally & Post-Game Victory Party EVER!
   
Join not only your North Texas alumni family, but those from across the State of Texas as well as neighboring states, for what will be the undisputed event of the year!

 

In September, Dallas will host the Naval Academy's ONLY regular season game in Texas this year! So we are going to show those Ponies how a Pep Rally and a Victory Party are really done - rain or shine!

The Chapter has reached out across the state to coordinate what will be known as the US Naval Academy Alumni Associations of Texas Pre-Game Pep Rally and Post-Game Victory Party. The Parents Clubs and the BGOs are getting in on the action as well. We are making this a real family affair with discounted game tickets, hotel packages and games!

SMU is taking advantage of this game to conduct a full-scale tribute to the military with no expense or custom spared! There will be a huge push throughout the community to encourage every seat to be filled - largely by military and their families - for the game and tribute show.

See below for:
Quick Links
Thank you to Sponsors/sponsorship info
Date and Times
Pre-Game Pep Rally and Post-Game Victory Party
Location
Why this is the Best and Most Comfortable Tailgate Ever
Live Music
Breakfast
Lunch
Drinks
USNA Spirit Squad
USNA Swag for Sale
Parking
Associated Events
Tailgate Tickets
Game Tickets
Hotel Package



Quick Links
Click to purchase awesome swag
Click to
register for the lunch with ADM Sam J. Locklear on Sept 21st
Click to
RSVP for the Welcome happy hour on Sept 21

 

First, Thank You Sponsors!
We could not do this without you!! Learn more about sponsorship here.

Admiral Sponsors




Gold Sponsors




Blue Sponsors

              


Date and Time:

Saturday, September 22
Rain or Shine!
9:00am - Pre-Game Pep Rally
11:00am - Kick-off

Game End until 6:00pm - Post-Game Victory Party


Pre-Game Pep Rally AND Post-Game Victory Party:

The Chapter is now going to offer a Pre-Game Pep Rally in addition to a Post-Game Victory Party! You get two parties for the price of one!

Pre-Game Pep Rally and Breakfast
9:00 - 11:00am

Post Game Victory Party and BBQ
End of the game - 6:00pm.

++ IMPORTANT: As a result of the new timing, we anticipate MANY MORE elated NAVY FANS and SUPPORTERS will want in on our party as they pass by. So, BUY TICKETS NOW so we will not have to turn you away at the entrance.


Location:

SMU Lacrosse Field
5900 Bush Ave, Dallas, TX 75205

Why this is the Best & Most Comfortable Gameday Events Ever!
We have had some amazing tailgates in the past, but this one will blow your mind! We have more conveniences, activities and food then ever before. Here are just some of the highlights:

  • Our own, private indoor bathrooms throughout the tailgate - no porta-johns for Navy fans!
  • We have expanded seating for everyone under the comfort of huge tents!
  • Location is a stone's throw from the stadium - no long walks for us this time!
  • Cheerleaders, Drum & Bugle Squad and Bill the Goat Mascot will be there!
  • There is an inflated obstacle course for the younger ones! 
  • Our space is connected to the First Lady Gardens at the Bush Museum - free entry to the gardens.
  • Mountains and mountains of great food for everyone - for breakfast and lunch!
  • Several varieties of beer to enjoy!
  • This year we have water!!!
  • 2 awesome live bands!
  • and . . . . EVERYTHING above is included in your ticket price!!


Live Music
(Post-Game Victory Party):
This year we have two amazing bands lined up for you! The opening act will be the A
shley Marie Band, an acoustic trio featuring vocals, guitar, and cajon. AMB music touches the soul through songs that span multiple genres and generations.  Learn more!
 
For the main attraction, we are thrilled to announce Justin Mason with our very own, Vic Andrews, USNA ‘10, as part of the band! The group is an accomplished country band two EPs recorded. Just as impressive as their music are their backgrounds. Jason Mason himself has served our community as part of the US Navy and later as a police officer for the City of Arlington. Other members of the band include a Fightin’ Texas Aggie electrical engineer, a cyclotron operations manager, an expert in aerospace manufacturing, and a USNA alumnus!

Learn more about the band and Vic Andrews, USNA ’10, on the fiddle and harmonica!


Breakfast
(Pre-Game Pep Rally)
In addition to the amazing lunch you are about to read about below, we are also serving breakfast! For those who brave the early morning, we will have a country breakfast waiting.

Lunch
(
Post-Game Victory Party):
Like last year, we will have a full meal for lunch - only BIGGER AND BETTER! Thank you to Marshall's catering and Ben E. Keith for the generous donation of raw food!!

Brisket, sliced - Marshall's beef brisket is slow smoked for 14 hours over hickory wood for perfect flavor and tenderness.
Chicken, bone in - Chicken pit smoked perfectly over hickory wood. Each piece is fall off the bone tender!
Hotdogs and buns - with the full trimmings (relish, ketchup, onions and mustard)
Potato salad -
Mustard based, Southern style goodness!
BBQ beans - Marshall's own traditional baked BBQ beans.
Mac n Cheese
Relish tray with pickles, Onions and Jalapenos
Watermelon and grapes
BBQ sauce -
The secret ingredient in Marshall's incredible BBQ sauce has been kept in the family since 1965. Don't ask...'cuz we won't tell!
Rolls - Fresh and piping hot!
Peach cobbler -
Marshall's homemade famous peach cobbler, a taste sensation with the perfected amount of fruit to crust ratio.
Banana pudding -
Marshall's home-made traditional banana pudding with bowls & spoons. Yum!

Drinks:
ALL drinks (family friendly and adult) are included with your ticket. We will be offering plenty of family friendly drinks
as follows:

Sweet and unsweet iced tea 
Sodas including Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Dr. Pepper & Diet Dr. Pepper
Bottled water


And at the Post-Game Victory Party, for all persons of legal drinking age, we are pleased to offer:

  • Several varieties of Anheuser Busch products, and
  • Several options from the Bitter Sisters brewery

Special thank you to Ben E. Keith and Bitter Sisters Brewery for their very generous donations to the tailgate!

USNA Spirit Squad in the House! (Pre-Game Pep Rally):
Meet the Cheerleaders! Take pictures with our mascot, Bill the Goat!

Drum roll . . . . . We have been informed by the USNA Alumni Association in Annapolis that the USNA Spirit Squad will be visiting our tailgate to raise the excitement and mingle with the supporters! The Spirit Squad consists of:

  • the USNA Cheerleaders,and
  • our mascot Bill the Goat (guy in costume).

You will not want to miss this!

USNA Swag for Sale
- pre-orders now accepted!
During the last SMU/Navy game tailgate in 2016, we were overrun with requests for USNA items an
d gear. We heard you loud and clear! This year we are offering several items, more each week so keep checking back!  We have

  • Custom Bill the Goat T-shirts in XS to XXL,
  • 30oz insulated tumblers in blue, black and white,
  • 32oz insulated water bottles in black,
  • 22oz insulated water bottles in black, and
  • Clear stadium bags with and without a zipper.


All items are of limited quantity - some extremely limited - as we did not want to over buy for obvious reasons. We strongly recommend you pre-order the items for pick-up at the tailgate.

Anything not pre-ordered will be available for sale at the event onsite, but do not count on it. Click to view and order swag items.



Parking
There are several parking options, but nothing is near the tailgate. We recommend you drop off people at the tailgate and then park (then ride the shuttle) or take Lyft and use our amazing discount. Here are your options:

SMU Gameday Parking Info
Here is the link to the standard game day parking information. Please note that due to this game being a full tribute to the military, it will likely be sold out. Therefore, read on for special arrangements for this weekend.

Lyft

We HIGHLY recommend you take Lyft or an Uber. One of our own, Jon Calvert, USNA '95 and member of the North Texas Alumni Chapter, was able to secure a 35% discount for us! Use Lyft promo code "SMUNAVY18" and everyone taking a ride to or from the SMU area on 9/22 will receive a 35% discount on their Lyft fare. Thank you, Jon!!

General Parking
Mockingbird Station parking lots and garage will be open and FREE for game parking. It is in the NE corner of Central and Mockingbird. There is a FREE shuttle from Mockingbird Station to campus. First come, first served.

Most of the other paid parking garages on campus will be available, as well. Also first come, first served.

RV Parking
SMU has a parking lot designated for RVs: Lot U. Parking is first come, first served. Parking is charged at $25/per standard parking space used. The typical cost is $125-$150 to park there.


Associated Events
The Tailgate Weekend is chocked full of activities and opportunities to celebrate with friends, classmates and family. In addition to the BIGGEST Tailgate EVER, the weekend will kick-off with a special opportunity lunch in Dallas, followed by a happy hour reception in Las Colinas. Like the Tailgate, these events are open to all.

Lunch with ADM Sam J. Locklear
Friday, Sept. 21, 11:30 - 1:00pm
Hilton Park Cities in Dallas

Join us for lunch with Admiral Locklear, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association and Foundation. All are welcome. Learn more and purchase tickets.


Welcome Reception
Friday, Sept. 21, 4:00 - 7:00pm
Thirsty Lion in Las Colinas

Again, all are welcome! Please plan to join alumni, parents, Mids, family and supporters from around the country to kick-off the game weekend. Learn more and RSVP here.



Pep Rally and Victory Party Combo Tickets (virtual tickets):
Rain or Shine!

**IMPORTANT to understand that there are SEPARATE tickets for the chapter's game day activities (pep rally & victory party combined) and the football the game.  If you plan to attend chapter events AND the game, you will need a ticket to each.**

Tickets are all-inclusive - Pep Rally and Victory Party - and will include access to the tent and all related activities, food, drinks and beer for those of legal age. **Tickets are no longer available online. Please go to the onsite ticket table at the events to purchase tickets.**

  • $40: 12 years old and older
  • $15: 6-11 years old
  • $5: 5 years old and under

**There are no refunds for tailgate tickets.

Tailgate (Pep Rally and Victory Party combo) tickets are not physical tickets. This is much like registering for a monthly lunch. Once you purchase a 'ticket', your name will appear on a list at the tailgate check-in. So, it is important that you provide the names of your guests when you register, or send them to Stacie at stacie@SACLeadership.com when you know them.

Game Tickets

**IMPORTANT: There are SEPARATE tickets for the tailgate and the game.  If you plan to attend both, you will need a ticket to each.**

September 20th is the last day our game ticket link will be active. After that, you will need to source tickets through SMUMustangs.com or third parties at a minimum of $40 per ticket.

All questions regarding game tickets should be directed to Calleagh Darby with SMU Athletics at cdarby@mail.smu.edu

NOTE: Tickets are being sold through the SMU athletic office, not the Chapter. The Chapter will not be involved in fulfillment of your game tickets. The day before the game itself, you will receive an email with a link to your game tickets. You will then print them out yourself.  Watch your email and SPAM folders, just in case. If you have any questions about your tickets, contact Calleagh (pronounced Cally) Darby with SMU Athletics at cdarby@mail.smu.edu.


Hotel Package

To make this the ideal family weekend for our out-of-town USNA family, we have worked out a deal with the Park City Hilton:
 - $177/night plus ~15% taxes and fees
 - $15/night parking (50% off)
 - $10 breakfast buffet on Sunday (45% off)

We have 40 rooms on hold for Friday night and again on Saturday night. They will extend the rates a day on either side. They are on a first-come, first-served basis and will expire August 31, 2018.

**Click to book hotel deal** - Use Group Code USN
Or call the hotel directly at 214-368-0400, ask for Reservations and reference group code USN.
If you have any problems, our contact at the hotel is Kristine Barick.


COME be a part of the BIGGEST EVENT of the YEAR!

More information posted each week.

Event Information
EVENT DATE:
Saturday, Sep 22 2018 at 9:00am - 6:00pm [ iCal ]
LOCATION:
SMU Lacrosse Field
5900 Bush Avenue
Dallas, TX 75205

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