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Buckeyes celebrate Sugar Bowl with activities in New Orleans

As Ohio State prepares for the January 4 Allstate Sugar Bowl against the University of Arkansas, media are invited to cover these events that capture the excitement of bowl game festivities.

Times for all events in New Orleans are CST.

Sunday January 2, 2010

4 a.m.
Ohio State University Marching Band departs Steinbrenner Band Center for Rickenbacker Airport.
See tbdbitl.osu.edu for a complete band itinerary.

1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Ohio State University Marching Band rehearsal
(Media welcome)
Tad Gormley Stadium in City Park, New Orleans

Monday January 3, 2010

9-11:30 a.m.
University Service Project

University of Arkansas and Ohio State staff, students, alumni and others will work together with the Beacon of Hope in New Orleans on community improvement projects for neighborhood restoration in the Lower Ninth Ward.
Volunteers will be painting, clearing land and making blankets at 2494 Tricou Street (70117), at the corner of Tricou Street and N. Dorgenois Street. This is the 14th year that Ohio State has partnered with the opposing team for service in the host city of the bowl game.

The Ohio State Marching Band will also join the group and encourage volunteers with a performance by the Pep Band.

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Ohio State University Marching Band public rehearsal

Tad Gormley Stadium in City Park, New Orleans
The band welcomes the public and Ohio State alumni and friends to its traditional day-before-the-game open rehearsal. Former band members are welcome to bring instruments and play along at the end of the session.

1:30 p.m.
Allstate Fan Fest
(Pep Band Performance)
Jax Brewery parking lots off Decatur Street in the French Quarter

3 p.m.
Buckeye Bash Pep Rally

The annual pep rally features coaches, cheerleaders and the Marching Band. The event is from 2:30 to 4 p.m. (program begins at 3 p.m.) at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd.

Tuesday January 4, 2010

10:30 a.m.
Oil Spills, Recessions, and Hurricanes, Oh My

Jennifer Evans-Cowley, professor of City and Regional Planning will present “Oil Spills, Recessions, and Hurricanes, Oh My: Reflecting on the complexities of environmental planning on the Gulf Coast” at 10:30 a.m. at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal St. Since 2005, Evans-Cowley has worked closely with communities on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in planning for rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina; and she has just obtained a three-year grant to create a sustainability plan for the region, partly in response the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Her session will highlight the Mississippi Gulf Coast as an example of the complexities of environmental planning.

1 p.m. Ohio State University Marching Band game day rehearsal at the Superdome (media only)

5 p.m. Allstate Sugar Bowl Fan Jam in Champions Square (Pep Band will perform)
5:30 p.m. Pregame party in Superdome (Pep Band will perform)

7:05 p.m. pregame Ohio State University Marching Band performance
The band plans to perform the show, Artistry in Rhythm, during the pregame portion of the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The show features the music of legendary artist and bandleader Stan Kenton. Halftime will feature a double Script Ohio, with senior sousaphone I-dotters Brad Rarick of Clayton, Ohio and Zack Profit of Van Wert, Ohio.