One of the highlights of Senior Bowl week - for fans and players - is the Coca Cola Meet the Players event. Held each Friday of Senior Bowl week, fans get to interact, get an autograph and snap a picture with their favorite player at the Exhibit Hall of the Mobile Convention Center.
Fans often line up early in the morning for the event, which runs from 3:30pm-6:30pm each year.
The event is divided into two sessions, the first from 3:30pm-5:00pm and the second from 5:00-6:30pm. More information on the two sessions, including when specific players will be attending the event, will be available at seniorbowl.com on the Thursday before the Meet the Players event.
Before thousands of fans pose for pictures with players during the Coca Cola Meet the Players event, they can enjoy several interactive displays, special activities and one-of-a-kind entertainment.
There are plenty of interactive displays from the New Orleans Saints, Under Armour, Coca-Cola and AT&T, plus games for the kids. And, after fans are finished meeting the players, they can stay and continue the fun as the Senior Bowl Experience goes until 7:00pm.
The Player Autograph Tent, sponsored by State Farm, debuted at the 2013 Senior Bowl and was a huge success. Now fans don't have to wait until Friday's Meet the Players function, or set up camp outside the practice fields and hope to get lucky and get a player to sign for them.
A tent will be set up after practice each day (Monday-Thursday) and selected position groups will sign for fans immediately after practice for 30 minutes.
Passes for this party behind the East stands are limited to the first 3,500 fans who purchase tickets to the game. To receive a free pass to the Food For Less Tailgate Party, fans must purchase a ticket to the Senior Bowl.
Fans will receive one free pass per ticket purchased. Passes are available at all Food For Less locations and the Senior Bowl ticket office in downtown Mobile, located at 151 Dauphin Street.
In addition to free food and drink, tailgate party goers will enjoy inflatable activities, face painters, clowns, interactives provided by the United States Marine Corps and the Coca-Cola Family Festival game trailer.
Before the game even kicks off, a winner will already be crowned - in the Ladd-Peebles Stadium parking lot. In an effort to celebrate one of college football's long standing traditions, a competition was created in 2004 to determine the best tailgater at the Senior Bowl each year. With the help of Baumhower's Restaurant, the Senior Bowl Tailgate Challenge was born.
Participants in the event are judged on the right combination of good food, originality and outstanding presentation. The winner is recognized on the field during the first half of the Senior Bowl game.
In 2014, the teams of 'Boys Day Out and Diesel Pushers shared top honors, which included a trophy and prize package from Academy Sports and Outdoors, valued at more than $1,000. Learn More
Annually bringing together more than 2,000 attendees - making it the largest FCA Rally at a bowl game in the country - the FCA Chick-fil-A Senior Bowl Rally is always a popular game-week event.
In 2014, the crowd was treated to player testimonies, live music and food provided by Chick-fil-A.
For more information on the FCA Chick-fil-A Senior Bowl rally, you can visit www.southalabamafca.org.
The 'Senior Bowl Superstar,' presented by IBERIABANK, is the Senior Bowl's version of 'American Idol.' The winner of the open competition gets to sing the National Anthem in front of a sold-out Ladd-Peebles Stadium on game day and also receives $1,000, courtesy of IBERIABANK.
After going through preliminary rounds, the finalists will compete on local Mobile television and the vote will go to the fans. In 2014, more nearly 50,000 people voted, with the group 'AKA' earning the opportunity to sing the National Anthem in front of nearly 40,000 fans.
The annual Wells Fargo Charity run draws thousands to downtown Mobile each November. Participants can run a 10k, 5k or try the one-mile fun run, with all three finishing at historic Bienville Square in downtown, near Senior Bowl headquarters on Dauphin St.
Race participants are treated to free food and drinks, live entertainment and kid-friendly activities at the Family Fun Festival at Bienville Square.
The one-mile fun run usually includes thousands of students, teachers and parents who sign up through the Charity Run School Program, which gives money back to schools based on participation. In an effort to give more money back to the schools through the program, the Senior Bowl changed the incentive structure and, as a result, more than $14,000 was donated back to schools in 2013.
Wells Fargo and the Reese's Senior Bowl also made a $10,000 donation to the Mobile Area Education Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving public schools in Mobile County.