Buffs hosting Gridiron Bash
Counting Crows will perform day before spring game
Colorado football coach Dan Hawkins is a huge music fan. Perhaps the next band he endorses on his weekly blog will be one formed in Berkeley, Calif., in the early 1990s.
CU officials are combining music with Hawkins' football program this spring by inviting renowned alternative rock band Counting Crows to perform at Folsom Field on April 18, the day before the annual spring game.
Maybe Hawkins will write a review.
The band's performance will highlight an afternoon and evening of football practice, a pep rally, appearances by legendary former CU players and coaches and other activities for fans.
CU is one of 20 Division I programs hosting the Gridiron Bash on campuses around the country that day.The event is organized by New York City based MSL Sports and Entertainment and is designed to identify the nation's most passionate fan base.
The winner will be determined by the total attendance at the Gridiron Bash plus the number of votes received through text messaging. The winning school will be awarded $1 million for its scholarship fund, according to an MSL press release. The second and third-place schools will receive $500,000 and $250,000 respectively.
"Similar to the excitement surrounding Midnight Madness, there's also excitement around Spring Football, when schools hold practices and the Annual Spring Game to showcase their upcoming year's roster," CU athletic director Mike Bohn said in the release from MSL on Thursday. "Thousands of spectators come out each spring to watch CU Football scrimmages, but that's typically where the fan experience' ends. Gridiron Bash extends the experience and enables fans to support their team, give back to their university and have a great time doing so."
Tickets are available at the CU ticket office and fans can learn more by visiting www.gridironbash.com.