As the Reese's Senior Bowl prepares to for its 66th game on January 24, 2015 at 3:00pm (CT) in Mobile, Ala., the Reese's Senior Bowl staff looks forward to assisting you in your coverage.
Director of Public Relations and Digital Media
The game week schedule has changed from recent years. Essentially, we've shorted game week by one day. Activities begin on Tuesday instead of Monday.
The Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel will serve as Reese's Senior Bowl headquarters. The Reese's Senior Bowl registration desk is located on the second floor of the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel.
There are two types of credentials. 'Game Week' credentials allow access to Senior Bowl practices, Media Night and hospitality events. Game Week credentials are distributed at the registration desk on the second floor of the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel beginning on Monday, January 19 at 10 a.m.
A GAME WEEK CREDENTIAL WILL NOT ALLOW ACCESS TO THE SENIOR BOWL GAME.
Monday, January 19 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 20 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 21 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 22 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
'Game Day' credentials are specifically for covering the Senior Bowl game and will grant access to the field and/or the press box.
YOU WILL NEED TO REQUEST ONE OF THESE GAME DAY PASSES:
For working photographers/cameramen. Provides access to press box during pregame/halftime. TV stations will be allowed to have one working assistant/runner.
For working reporters. Will provide access to press box throughout game and sideline for final five minutes of the game.
Game day credentials will be available for pick-up beginning Thursday, January 24 at the registration desk on the second floor of the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel. Game day credentials will NOT be mailed. The hours of operation are as follows:
Thursday, January 22 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, January 23 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 24 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.**
**Please note that the registration desk will close on Game Day at 11:00 a.m. After this time, credentials will be available for pick-up beginning at 11:30 a.m. from the press will call table in the Ladd-Peebles Stadium lobby.
With the exception of Tuesday's South team practice, all practices will be held at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and are open to the media. Tuesday's South team practice will be held at Fairhope's Municipal Stadium off Highway 98. Please note that photographers (both still and video) will be allowed to shoot practice on the field at both sites. At Ladd-Peebles Stadium, photographers are asked to stay within the designated area (Northeast end zone and sideline between goaline and 25-yard line) while shooting on the field. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the field. No tripods allowed on either field. You can use a tripod from the stands or behind the fence at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
Please note that only NFL Network, local affiliated television stations and individual NFL clubs are allowed to shoot video of practice/game. Local televisions stations are limited to two (2) minutes of usage of practice video per day. Draft/internet sites are NOT ALLOWED to shoot video of practice/game for use on the internet.
PRACTICE: Players will be available on the field for 10 minutes following each practice. Please wait until a security official directs you onto the field. Some players will be escorted to autograph tents after selected practices (see Autograph tent schedule) and may not be available for interviews on that day.
GAME: Following the conclusion of the Reese's Senior Bowl game, media in encouraged to go to the postgame interview area. REQUESTED PLAYERS will be available after the game in the 'Postgame interview area,' located under the West stands, near the lobby entrance (50-yard line). This will be group or one-on-one interviews, not a press conference setup. Requests can be made to a Senior Bowl media relations official during the fourth quarter. South and North Most Outstanding Players and the Most Valuable Player will automatically be brought to the media area following the conclusion of the game. LOCKER ROOMS ARE CLOSED.
*Coaches will be available upon request following practice and at news conferences scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday at 5 p.m. on the second floor of the Renaissance Riverview Plaza (Mobile Bay II room).
Parking for Senior Bowl practices at Ladd-Peebles Stadium is free and available on a first come/first serve basis. IF YOU ARE ONLY COVERING PRACTICE, YOU DO NOT NEED TO REQUEST A PARKING PASS. Media parking on Game day is extremely limited due to space constraints. Please make your request for Game day parking when you fill out an online credential request. Those approved for media parking will receive their pass when they pick up their game day credential. A media shuttle will be available from the Renaissance Riverview Plaza on game day. Check with PR Director Rob Lehocky for more details during game week.
Those not granted a parking pass, may take the media shuttle, which will escort media ONLY to and from Ladd-Peebles Stadium on game day. It will run from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (pick up times: 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm and 1:30pm) from the Renaisssance Riverview Plaza hotel entrance off Royal Street and then take you back to the hotel from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Media members are welcome to attend the National Scouting Weigh-In on Tuesday, January 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The weigh-in is in the Exhibit Hall at the Mobile Convention Center. All photographers are asked to stay on either side of the chairs and out of the way of scouts, coaches, front office personnel and players. Please only photograph athletes from the waist up.
For media interviews, all players will exit on the WEST side of the Exhibit Hall. There will be a media area near the Exhibit Hall exit, behind the curtains. NFL Personnel will exit near the rear of the Exhibit Hall on the EAST side (near river).
Media Night will be held Tuesday, January 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Cruise Terminal at 201 S. Water St. in downtown Mobile. Media is invited to come eat at 6:00 p.m. The first team will arrive around 6:10 p.m. and the second around 6:40 p.m. All players are scheduled to be in attendance, as well as both head coaches. This is your best opportunity for one-on-one interviews. Once players are finished eating, you are welcome to interview any player, or may ask a Senior Bowl media relations official for assistance. Only working media members with proper credentials are invited to attend.
There is no official media hotel for the Senior Bowl. Most activities for the game are located in the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel located at 64 S Water St, Mobile, AL 36602.
The Reese's Senior Bowl will provide some b-roll and interviews on Thursday, January 22, 2015, via its FTP site:
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Stations unable to attend can request player video/sound by January 18 to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Radio stations wishing to broadcast LIVE from Senior Bowl headquarters must call Ashley Lowe at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel by early January to reserve a spot. Spots are limited and will be assigned on a first-come basis. Ashley can be reached at 251.415.3064 or Ashley.Lowe@renaissancemobile.com. Radio row is located on the second floor of the Riverview Plaza Hotel. The Reese's Senior Bowl public relations staff will do its best in assisting stations in securing guests. Stations on site at the hotel are encouraged to email interview requests to email@example.com PRIOR to Reese's Senior Bowl week.
Television stations wishing to broadcast live from the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel throughout game week must email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot. Please also be advised that parking for live trucks at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Game Day is at a premium and will be available on first come, first serve basis. Live trucks should be set up in the southwest corner of the stadium. To contact the stadium please call Vic Knight at 251.208.2514.
A media work room will be available all week in Mobile Bay I of the Riverview Plaza Hotel. The work room will be equipped with wireless internet, a copier, phone lines and a fax machine.
News conferences will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday of Reese's Senior Bowl week in Mobile Bay II (2nd floor near Radio Row) at the Riverview Plaza Hotel. Head coaches from the North and South squads as well as selected players will be in attendance. There will also be an introductory news conference on Monday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. in Mobile Bay II with selected players and Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage.
Updated Reese's Senior Bowl rosters will be available on a continuous basis online at www.seniorbowl.com and each morning at the Senior Bowl registration desk. Or you can check the seniorbowl.com mobile site on your smartphone. It will have the most up-to-date roster available, as well as the Game Week Schedule. A complete roster will be released to all media outlets by Sunday, January 18.
A pre-game meal and halftime snack will be served to all media members in the Ladd-Peebles Stadium press box on game day. Media members will have access to improved hard-wire internet access and a stat crew will distribute game statistics throughout the game. Several courtesy telephones will be available for working media in the press box. There is no space in the press box for photographers. Still photographers wishing to edit and send their photos can do so in the Ladd-Peebles Stadium conference room located in the stadiums lobby on the West side. The conference room is also equipped with wireless internet.
Media members are welcome to attend and/or cover several of the events during Senior Bowl week. The hospital and school visits, FCA rally and Senior Bowl Experience/Meet the Players events are all open to the media. Please contact PR Director Rob Lehocky for more information on these events. Media members are also invited to attend the Seafood Jubilee on Tuesday night at the Mobile Convention Center. A game week credential is required for admittance.