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Touchdown Alley offers amusement for all ages

Sept. 20, 1996

By Darcy McMichael

Lariat Sports Reporter

Touchdown Alley is the site for fun and games before the Baylor Bears take on the Oregon State Beavers at Floyd Casey Stadium Saturday.

Touchdown Alley, which will open at 12:30 p.m., is located outside the south end zone of the stadium and will include 14 tents and a variety of carnival activities.

Traditionally there have always been events in Touchdown Alley, but in 1994 the athletic department took over its administration and last year a staff was added to help in the selling of tents and the marketing promotions. This year the size and number of tents in Touchdown Alley have almost doubled from last year.

'A lot of other schools have been doing it for a while,' said Dee Ann Duke, assistant director of athletic marketing. 'Over the course of years, it has grown here and then last year it flourished.'

The Alumni Association and WACO radio station will be among groups sponsoring games and giveaways. Music will be provided by local artists Tumble Dry Low.

A new student section will be added for the first time this year. Alpha Phi Omega, Chi Omega, Fiji, Pi Kappa Alpha, Delta Delta Delta, Alpha Chi Omega are just some of the student organizations that will sponsor activities in this new area.

'With the surge of student interest, we felt like we needed an area for University students,' Duke said. 'However, there will still be an area for the 7- and 8- year-olds as well.'

A food court tent will feature: Diamond Back's, Old Story West Phalia, The Elite Café, and Joe Stewart serving a variety of food and drinks.

Carnival activities such as the Velcro Wall, the Shark, free face-painting, a play-by-play for calling plays and scores, and the Quarterback challenge will be surrounding the area to provide something for everyone.

Additional parking has been added to accommodate all students and families wishing to attend.

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