TROJAN TAKEOVER – Troy Athletics announces fan activities surrounding Birmingham Bowl

(Troy Athletics)

TROY, Ala. – Troy Football is making history with its Birmingham Bowl appearance as the back-to-back Sun Belt Conference champions are the first Sun Belt program to play a Power Five opponent in a bowl game. Troy is set to square off against Duke on Saturday, Dec. 23, at Protective Stadium, and Troy Athletics unveiled Thursday numerous fan events for Troy’s trip to the Magic City.

“Our fans are extremely excited about this bowl game and this opportunity to make Sun Belt history,” Director of Athletics Brent Jones said. “We sold through our initial allotment of tickets and were able to secure additional seating so our amazing fans can share the experience in sections filled with other Trojan faithful. Our goal is to turn Birmingham Cardinal and White for the week, and we have some great events planned for our fans.”

Game Tickets

Tickets for the Birmingham Bowl are on sale by visiting Fans are encouraged to purchase through the above link, as all sales directly support Troy Athletics. Please note that Ticketmaster manages all ticket sales.

Additionally, Trojan fans have the opportunity to support our Community Hero Ticket program for the bowl game. Donations will help send members of the Sound of the South, Troy Cheer, underserved youth groups and first responders in the greater Birmingham area to the game. The Community Hero Ticket Program will also help offset bowl expenses incurred by the Athletics Department. Fans may make donations of $50 or more towards this cause with a stated goal of raising $75,000.

Community Hero Benefit Levels

$500 Donation

• Commemorative Sun Belt Championship Poster Signed by select players

$1,000 Donation

• Commemorative Sun Belt Championship Poster Signed by select players

• Commemorative Sun Belt Championship Game Ticket

$5,000 Donation

• Commemorative Sun Belt Championship Poster Signed by select players

• Commemorative Sun Belt Championship Game Ticket

• Host Sun Belt Championship Trophy for a Day

Team Hotel

Troy’s official team hotel for its week in Birmingham is the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel.

Sheraton Birmingham Hotel

2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N.

Birmingham, AL 35203


Fan Social – Thursday, December 21

Casey’s Sports Bar – Westin Hotel (Directly next to Sheraton Birmingham)

7–10 p.m.

Casey’s Sports Bar will serve as the official hub for all Troy fans to gather and socialize on Thursday night.

Fan Fest & Pep Rally – Friday, December 22

Uptown Entertainment District adjacent to Protective Stadium

1–4 p.m. – Fan Fest

4–4:30 p.m. – Troy Pep Rally

4:30–5 p.m. – Duke Pep Rally

The Bud Light Fan Fest Pep Rally will be held from 1–5 p.m. in Uptown Birmingham and will feature live music, interactive games, a Kids Zone and corporate displays with food and beverages available for all ages. The event builds throughout the day in anticipation of back-to-back Pep Rallies from 4–5 p.m. by the participating head coaches, team captains, cheerleaders, dance teams, mascots, and marching bands! The event concludes with an impressive fireworks show above the Uptown skyline.

Trojan Take Over 7- 10 p.m. – Friday, December 22

Dread River Distillery

7–10 p.m.

Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be provided to all Troy fans courtesy of Troy Athletics, and Trojan Threads will be on-site selling officially licensed Troy merchandise.

From 7-8 p.m. Troy will hold a special episode of Trojan Talk at Dread River Distillery on Friday evening before the game. The show will feature “Voice of the Trojans” Barry McKnight, Director of Athletics Brent Jones and other special guests.

Trojan Walk – Saturday, December 23

8:45 a.m.

Uptown Entertainment District adjacent to Protective Stadium

Join the Sound of the South and Troy Cheer and help cheer on the Trojans as they head to Protective Stadium for the Birmingham Bowl. The team will leave the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame at the corner of 22nd Street North and Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard. The Trojans will cross 22nd Street North, proceed down the sidewalk of Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard and enter Protective Stadium in the South End Zone.

Alumni Association Tailgate – Saturday, December 23

9–10:30 a.m.

The Southern Kitchen and Bar

Come get ready for the big game with fellow Trojans at the official Troy University Alumni Association Tailgate Party. The Alumni Association will provide free food for Troy fans in attendance, and the event is located directly next to Trojan Walk with easy access to Protective Stadium.