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Wednesday, December 25
4 p.m. - Oregon Team Arrivial. Media availability for Head Coach Mark Helfrich, center Hroniss Grasu and safety Brian Jackson in the lobby of the Marriott Rivercenter (101 Bowie Stree, San Antonio, Texas, 78205). Arrival time is tentative based on departure time. Call Zach McDonie at 740-334-9455 30-45 minutes prior to confirm status.
Texas is arriving individually (no media availability).
7:30 p.m. - Valero Alamo Bowl Night at San Antonio Spurs Game (Rockets vs. Spurs). Oregon team in attendance. If you are interested in covering, please coordinate with Zach McDonie via email at email@example.com or by phone at 740-334-9455.
Thursday, December 26
10:00 a.m. - Oregon pre-practice media availability for photographers for first 10 minutes at Alamo Heights High School (6900 Broadway, San Antonio Texas, 78209)
Noon - 3:00 p.m: Media Headquarters/Credential Pick-up (Marriott Riverwalk, Second Floor, Bonham Room)
1:00 p.m. - Oregon defensive back Ben Butterfield, wide receiver Chad Delaney, center Hroniss Grasu, kicker Alejandro Maldonado and quarterback Marcus Mariota visit the Center for the Intrepid. There will be no media availability at this event, but still photos will be made available on the Valero Alamo Bowl's media library.
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Final installation of Valero Alamo Bowl banners and the start of the field painting of team names in the Alamodome end zones.
Friday, December 27
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m: Team Day at SeaWorld San Antonio. Student-athletes from both teams will interact with beluga whales, a Pacific walrus and more. Texas will send Demarco Cobbs, Deoundrei Davis, Bryant Jackson and Michael Zaring to swim with the whales and Sheriod Evans, Rami Hammad, Eric Huhn and Chet Moss to ride the Steel Eel roller coaster. Oregon's Devon Allen, Bobby Dunn, Jared Ebert and Jason Sloan will do sit-ups with the walrus and ride the Steel Eel roller coaster and Hayden Crook, Carlyle Garrick, Eric Solis and Ian Wheeler will swim the whales.
Media are instructed to use the Administration Entrance at SeaWorld (10500 Sea World Drive, San Antonio, TX 78251). Bowl staffer Doug Self will be onsite starting at 8:45 a.m. His cell (785) 640-8471.
9:30 a.m. - Select Texas team members (Johnathan Gray, Tevin Jackson, Kevin Vaccaro and Chris Whaley) visit to the Center for the Intrepid. There will be no media availability at this event, however photo requests can be directed to Zach McDonie at 740-334-9455.
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m: Media Headquarters/Credential Pick-up (Marriott Riverwalk, Second Floor, Bonham Room)
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m: Media Hospitality Room with lunch scheduled 12:30-2:30 p.m. (Marriott Riverwalk, Salon E/F)
No practice availability scheduled. Oregon hosting Boys & Girls Club.
2:30 p.m. - University of Oregon Defensive Press Conference (Marriott Riverwalk, Salon D): Defensive Coordinator Nick Aliotti, cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, defensive lineman Taylor Hart, safety Brian Jackson, linebacker Derrick Malone and defensive end Tony Washington (Marriott Riverwalk, Salon D, Second Floor).
4:30 p.m. - University of Texas Offensive Press Conference: Offensive Coordinator Major Applewhite, running back Malcolm Brown, wide receiver Mike Davis, offensive guard Trey Hopkins, quarterback Case McCoy and offensive guard Mason Walters (Marriott Riverwalk, Salon D).
10:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m - Media Hospitality Suite - Suite 3004, Marriott Riverwalk.
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m - Media Headquarters/Credential Pick-up (Marriott River Walk, Second Floor, Bonham Room)
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m - Media Hospitality Room with lunch scheduled 1- 3 p.m. (Salon E/F)
11:30 a.m. - Oregon post-practice media availability for players not particiapting in offical press conferences at Alamo Heights High School (6900 Broadway, San Antonio Texas, 78209)
Texas is hosting Boys & Girls Club after practice but there will be no media availability.
3:00 p.m. - University of Texas Defensive Press Conference: Defensive Coordinator Greg Robinson, cornerback Carrington Byndom, cornerback Quandre Diggs, defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat, safety Adrian Phillips and defensive end Cedric Reed (Marriott Riverwalk, Salon D).
4:00 p.m. - University of Oregon Offensive Press Conference: Offensive Coordinator Scott Frost, center Hroniss Grasu, wide receiver Josh Huff, wide receiver Keanon Lowe, quarterback Marcus Mariota and running back Byron Marshall (Marriott Riverwalk, Salon D).
6:00 p.m. - Rudy’s Bar-B-Q Pep Rally at the Arneson River Theatre on the Riverwalk (418 Villita Street). Space is limited so early arrival is encouraged for this one-of-a-kind pep rally. High school bands perform from 5-6 p.m. followed by the Texas and Oregon cheerleaders. Then at 6:30 p.m. the two head coaches and their team captains will speak while the other players will be in front of the stage on river cruisers. Media seating is available in the back left corner of the theatre which is walkable on street level via Alamo Street and Market by turning into La Villita right past the south end of the Hilton Palacio del Rio hotel. To drive, take Commerce to N. Presa and go left into you hit Villita Street.
10:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m: Media Hospitality Suite - Suite 3004, Marriott Riverwalk.
Sunday, December 29
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m: Media Headquarters/Credential Pick-up (Marriott Riverwalk, Second Floor, Bonham Room)
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m: Media Hospitality Room with lunch scheduled noon - 1:30 p.m. (Salon E/F)
11:00 a.m. - Head Coaches Press Conference. This is the final availability for the Oregon Head Coach Mark Helfrich and Texas Head Coach Mack Brown. Press Conference held at Marriott Riverwalk, Salon D.
Noon - Valero Alamo Bowl Kickoff Luncheon (Marriott Rivercenter Grand Ballroom). This 1,500 person event features Head Coaches and captains speaking at the head table. Media seating for first 20 requests at the Media Center will be provided tickets. Others filled as space allows. Mult-box in back of the room to capture sound.
2 p.m. - Oregon and Texas service project at the San Antonio Food Bank (5200 W Old Us Highway 90, San Antonio, Texas, 78227) With support from Valero, the teams will donate and prepare over 100,000 meals for needy families.
10:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m: Media Hospitality Suite - Suite 3004, Marriott Riverwalk Hotel
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Media Headquarters/Credential Pick-up (Marriott Riverwalk, Bonham Room)
Noon – 5:45 p.m. – Fan Zone (interactive area with games and bands at Sunset Station – one block north of the Alamodome. 35,000 fans expected along with team bands between 4 and 5 p.m.)
2:00 p.m. – Media Shuttle service begins. Media, especially those staying in the media hotel, are encouraged to use the shuttle service or walk given the downtown construction projects. The media hotel is a 10-minute walk to the stadium. The media shuttle will be stationed on the Marriott Riverwalk's north entrance (Commerce Street across the street from Fogo de Chao) and marked with a yellow “media” flag.
2:30 p.m. – Alamodome’s East Media Entrance (same side as train tracks) and Media Will Call opens. This entrance is at the 50-yard line and marked with a “Media Entrance” yellow flag. Media needing access to press box and broadcast level should enter here. Pre-credentialed media & photographers can enter through South Loading Dock entrance in Lot A where the media shuttle drops off.
3:30 p.m. - Texas Stampede. Longhorn players and coaches will be dropped off in the middle of Alamodome Parking Lot A (south lot) and walk through fans and their band as they enter the Alamodome.
Post-Game – Head Coaches/Select Players Press Conference (Interview Rooms across from Visiting Team Locker Room). Audio piped into press box. Losing team at podium first followed by winning team.
9:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. Media Shuttle will run from Lot A (south parking lot of Alamodome) to Marriott Riverwalk.
10 p.m. - Post-game concert at Sunset Station with The Social Club and DJ Steven Lee Moya (free entry with game ticket or credential with food trucks and beverages available on consumption)
11:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. – Media Hospitality Suite - Suite 3004, Marriott Riverwalk Hotel
6 a.m. – 10 a.m. Valero Alamo Bowl Media Shuttle. Email Zach McDonie at zachm@firstname.lastname@example.org your desired departure time and he will confirm the closest schedule time with our trtasnportation company (Elegant Limo & Shuttle, (210-225-5466).
The Marriott Riverwalk Hotel (next to the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel) is the official media hotel and located at 889 E. Market and the hotel phone number is 210-224-4555.
Directions to Alamo Heights High School (Oregon practice site) from the Media Hotel:
Take Highway 281 North toward the airport. Exit at the East Basse exit (less than 3 miles). Take a right on Basse and then take a right at the second stoplight (Forestshire at the Clear Channel office) and then a quick left on Tuxedo which dead ends at Broadway and the school will be directly in front of you. Go left on Broadway and then turn into north end of school at Gaylard Finley Road which takes you to football field. The school address is 6900 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas 78029. Approximate drive time: 14 minutes.
Please stop by Media Headquarters at the Marriott Riverwalk Hotel for the latest information during Bowl Week and to pick up your credentials. The headquarters number is 210-299-6586 during posted hours or you can reach Valero Alamo Bowl Media and Public Relations Coordinator Zach McDonie by cell at 740-334-9455.
Valero Alamo Bowl
100 Montana, Suite 3D01
San Antonio, TX 78203-1033
Phone: (210) 704-6388
Cell: (210) 394-9386
Media Hotel & Headquarters
San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk
889 East Market Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205
Bowl Week Media Headquarters: (210) 299-6586 (during posted hours)
Headquarters FAX: (210) 299-6581
Alamodome Press Box Phone (Game day only): (210) 704-6200
Alamodome Press Box Fax (Game day only): (210) 704-6201
Valero Alamo Bowl Media Hospitality
A number of media functions are scheduled during Bowl week. Please consult your media event schedule for specific dates, times and locations. A hospitality room will be open daily in Salon E/F beginning December 26 with food and drinks served around the press conference times. An evening hospitality suite will be located in Suite 3004 at the Marriott Riverwalk. The suite's hours of operation are posted on the media schedule.
Media Hotel Room Rates
Room rates for the Valero Alamo Bowl media are $139 per night plus tax, which includes Internet access in the sleeping rooms, lobby, and restaurants (separate code needed on the media/ballroom level so ask media headquarters). These rates are only valid from December 25 - December 31, 2013. All media rooms must be booked through the bowl's website. The Marriott Riverwalk will not accept room reservations directly from media members. Late arrivals (after 6:00 p.m.) must provide a credit card to the Valero Alamo Bowl or the San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk directly to guarantee a room(s) after December 25. Please note that the bowl will not assign rooms until December 19, so the hotel will not have a record of your name until after that date. Media members should include their hotel arrival and departure information on the Valero Alamo Bowl media credential application.
ESPN/Valero Alamo Bowl TV Station Policy
- Television stations will be allowed to film from the sidelines during the game. However, the Valero Alamo Bowl's contract with ESPN prohibits the use of game highlights on local newscasts prior to the completion of the game. A distribution amp will also be provided adjacent to ESPN’s production truck in the loading dock area of the Alamodome for use by television stations wanting game highlights.
- Credentials will not be issued to TV assistants or “grips.”
- Television standup reporters will not be permitted on the sideline during the game. All reporters will be seated in the press box. With five (5) minutes remaining in the game, media will be allowed access to the field.
- Beginning a half-hour prior to kickoff until ESPN is off the air, there will be absolutely no live telecasts or transmissions from inside the Alamodome. Live shots can be originated at any time from outside the Alamodome.
- Microwave transmissions are not permitted within the Alamodome. All satellite dishes and/or ENG trucks must be positioned outside the Alamodome in the designated area located southwest of the building.
Quotes from the press conferences will be placed on the bowl's Web site. To view these quotes, please click here.
Team practice sites will be at Heroes Stadium (Texas) and Alamo Heights High School (Oregon).
Parking and Media Shuttle
A limited number of Alamodome parking passes for media covering the Valero Alamo Bowl are available. Media, especially those staying in the media hotel, are urged to utilize the shuttle service provided from the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Hotel to the Alamodome. The media shuttle will be stationed at the Southeast corner of Bowie Street and Market Street and will be marked with a yellow flag. The shuttle service will begin at 2:00 p.m. and run post-game until the press box is empty. The San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter is a 10-minute walk to the Alamodome.
TV ENG Truck Parking
Parking space for TV ENG trucks at the Alamodome, located in the southwest corner of the parking lot, is extremely limited. Please contact Sarah Fieger of the Alamodome (210-207-3607) as soon as possible concerning a parking location and specific needs.
The Valero Alamo Bowl will provide a fax and email service upon request at no charge. This service will be provided during bowl week at media headquarters and at the Alamodome on game day. Please notify bowl staff members of your needs and supply fax numbers and telephone billing instructions. Following the game a pdf of the official stats will be on the bowl's home page and will be emailed upon request.
Press Box Telephones/Internet Access
Two (2) telephones are available on a first-come, first-serve basis in the Alamodome press box for third party collect and credit card calls only. Media outlets requiring telephone and/or internet services for exclusive use must order directly from the Alamodome at (210) 207-3629 at least two weeks prior to game day. The Alamodome will provide telephone instruments on phone orders placed for the Valero Alamo Bowl.
Press Box Monitors
Television monitors are located in the Alamodome press box to assist media in its coverage of the Valero Alamo Bowl. ESPN will provide video with a direct feed to these monitors through the Alamodome's in-house system.
A mult-box will be provided for electronic media at all press conferences conducted at the Marriott Riverwalk and post game at the Alamodome. Radio stations will need to provide cassette recorders with any combination of mini, alligator clips or RCA cables. TV crews will require normal XLR plugs.
Valero Alamo Bowl Outstanding Players
The Alamodome's media elevators are located on the east side of the buidling at the East Plaza Entrance. The writer's press box is located on teh mezzanine level (Level 3) with the broadcast and coaches booths located on Level 4. All media are asked to enter the press box facilities throuhg Level 3. There is easy access through private stairs to Level 4.
Post-Game Field Access
Directions from San Antonio Airport to Marriott Riverwalk (Media Hotel)
Take Highway 281 South, which will turn into Interstate Highway 37 South heading toward Corpus Christi. Exit at the Commerce Street/The Alamo exit and turn right on Commerce. Proceed west on Commerce one block to Bowie Street. The Marriott Riverwalk will be on the southwest corner. To get to their parking garage, you will need to continue west on Commerce and turn left at Alamo and left onto Market which is a one way street. The Marriott Riverwalk address is 889 E. Market and their phone number is 210-224-4555. Approximate drive time: 11 minutes.
Directions from San Antonio Airport to Alamodome
Take Highway 281 South, which will turn into Interstate Highway 37 South heading toward Corpus Christi. Exit at the Durango exit and take a left on the turnaround under the bridge and head back north on the Durango access road. Turn right into Lot A. The southside entrance of the Alamodome just past the marquee. The Alamodome address is 100 Montana. Approximate drive time: 11 minutes.
Directions to Heroes Stadium from the Media Hotel
Take Highway 281 North toward the airport. In a quarter mile take Interstate 35 toward Austin. In 9 miles take exit 167 toward Starlight Terrace/Thousand Oaks Drive. Turn left onto Starlight Terrace/Thousand Oaks. The stadium address is 4799 Thousand Oaks. Hildebrand exit (less than 2.5 miles). Approximate drive time: 14 minutes.
Directions to Alamo Heights High School from the Media Hotel
Take Highway 281 North toward the airport. Exit at the East Basse exit (less than 3 miles). Take a right on Basse and then take a right at the second stoplight (Forestshire at the Clear Channel office) and then a quick left on Tuexedo which deads ends at Broadway and the school will be directly in front of you. Go left on Broadway and then turn into north end of school at Gaylard Finley Road which takes you to football field. The school address is 6900 Broadway. Approximate drive time: 14 minutes.