Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl events open to public

(Graphic: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – It’s a wildcat match-up on the Cumberland this Friday as the Kentucky Wildcats take on the Northwestern Wildcats in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

This is a 20-year tradition for the Nashville bowl game. Thousands of fans are expected downtown.

Even if you’re not going to the game, which kicks off at 3:35 p.m., you can still enjoy many of public events. Here’s what’s happening and when:

Thursday, December 28

  • 11:30 a.m. Franklin American Mortgage Company Coaches Luncheon presented by News 2 at Opryland Hotel.
    • Tickets $45.
  • 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. Fan Zone on Broadway featuring Nashville chefs, cooking demonstrations, free samples.
  • 3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. VIP party at Hard Rock Café
    • Tickets $45
  • 4 p.m. Hot Chicken Eating World Contest at Broadway and First
  • 5 p.m. Battle of Bands at Broadway and First, plus concert featuring Champagne Dynamite

Friday, December 29

  • 9:30 a.m. Parking lots open at Nissan Stadium
  • 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Fan Zone on Broadway with Nashville chefs, cooking demonstrations, food samples.
  • 11 a.m. Kentucky pep rally on Broadway
  • 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Pregame tailgate party at Lot R Nissan Stadium, featuring Smoke ‘n Guns.
    • Tickets $65
  • 12:30 p.m. Northwestern pep rally on Broadway
  • 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Concert with Two Story Road at Broadway and First
  • 1:30 p.m. Stadium gates open
  • 3:35 p.m. Kickoff at Nissan Stadium
  • 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Post-game concert with Resurrection – A Journey Tribute at Broadway and First

Fans driving into Nashville on game day are urged to follow the guidance provided on interstate message boards. Downtown parking information can be found by visiting

Nissan Stadium is a short walk from downtown via the Woodland Street Bridge’s sidewalks or the Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge.

The traffic plan for the Music City Bowl will mirror that used for Tennessee Titans games. The Woodland Street Bridge will close by 12 p.m. and will then be available to only pedestrians.

Downtown workers traveling home on Friday are urged to be aware of congestion in the area of Nissan Stadium much of the day and to plan accordingly.