Your Birmingham Travel Entry

No surprises this evening as the Wolfpack’s trip to Birmingham is finalized for a match-up with Rutgers. Kickoff is set for 3pm on Monday, December 29th on ESPN.

You can get your Wolfpack Club travel packages by clicking here and you can use this entry to share thoughts, insights and information regarding Birmingham and travel.

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53 Responses to Your Birmingham Travel Entry

  1. LRM 12/07/2008 at 6:37 PM #

    Kickoff is 3pm EST on ESPN.

  2. PackPT 12/07/2008 at 6:51 PM #

    Rutgers improved like we did from the beginning of the year until now, and they played South Florida a few weeks ago and won 49-16….should be a great game

  3. buttPACKer 12/07/2008 at 7:03 PM #

    Yes, this is rather off-topic, but here is a great article on Dean Haynes, a 2009 commit, and the Daily Citizen (somewhere in GA) All-Area Football Player of the Year:

  4. coppertop 12/07/2008 at 7:36 PM #

    Embassy Suites has rooms available and you cann’t beat the breakfast in the morning!

    Just tried to get tickets off of, anyone find it on there?

  5. Wulfpack 12/07/2008 at 7:39 PM #

    Congrats to TOB and the Wolfpack for this great opportunity. Now there’s a coach that’s making the most of the cards he was dealt. Awesome job this year. Go beat the Scarlet Knights and let’s get to work on a great ’09 season to come!

  6. catchme16 12/07/2008 at 8:11 PM #

    Glad we get the extra practice time and hopefully this will help us get off to a quick start next year instead of the slow starts we have had in TOB’s first two seasons

  7. PacknSack 12/07/2008 at 8:18 PM #

    Does Southwest fly direct to Birmingham?

  8. wirogers 12/07/2008 at 8:25 PM #

    Southwest looked on their webpage to go direct for less than $300 round trip

    Sorry about that, there is one stop on the way. They do not fly out of RDU on Saturday; however, if you leave on Friday you can get the roundtrip for $250 plus tax

  9. LRM 12/07/2008 at 8:49 PM #

    Hopefully the WPC will have more than a single will call line for tickets like they did in Charlotte. There are probably some people still waiting in that line.

  10. EverettBeez 12/07/2008 at 8:52 PM #

    Go State! and welcome to Alabama all y’all!
    I am beat from putting up christmas lights all afternoon, but I’ll put try to pull together some information for everyone making the trip.

  11. highstick 12/07/2008 at 9:21 PM #

    If you want to drive, it’s not bad at all. I’ve done it a couple of times over the past year and a half to visit family who lives in Pelham. Took about 7 hours from Rock Hill via 85 to Atlanta.

  12. coppertop 12/07/2008 at 9:57 PM #

    Are you local to birmingham? I’m down in Mobile.

  13. wufpup76 12/07/2008 at 11:13 PM #

    “Better Ingredients. Better Pizza. Papa Johns(.com)!!!”

    “Folks, come out and see ACC rookie of the year and All-ACC quarterback ROGER Wilson help lead his Wolf Pack of North Carolina against the Scarlet Knights of New Jersey State University!!!”

    okay, sorry … had to get my “make fun of the media for how they will cover this game” out of the way 😉

  14. elee624 12/08/2008 at 12:48 AM #

    Great opportunity for the Wolfpack on a national stage against a comparable opponent. I personally just hope they find a way to win because there is a WORLD of difference between 7-6 and 6-7. Go Pack!

  15. packalum44 12/08/2008 at 3:29 AM #

    Does anyone have suggestions on where to stay? I prefer somewhere downtown near nightlife. The hotel through the wolfpack club is a ripoff. Living in DC, I really do miss southern prices! Relatively inexpensive hotel rates on

  16. BassPacker 12/08/2008 at 8:15 AM #

    Having stayed in hotels in B’ingham, the Wolfpack Club hotel package does seem high, specially the one that is not the official team hotel. There is alot of chain hotels along the interstate coridoors, like where I65 & I20 meet.

    Looking at the date of our bowl, there is only one other bowl scheduled that day, and after the Pack plays, so we will get the limelight. Also interesting is there is 9 teams with a 6-6 record with bowl bids, with one playing on New Years Day.

    Go Pack !

  17. StateFans 12/08/2008 at 8:40 AM #

    It has been my experience that Birmingham has a limited hotel selection at the higher end. The Winfrey is supposed to be nice but falls short (IMHO). With this said, those packages for the Winfrey and Sheraton do not seem that high at all for those particular properties. (If your perspective is based on a Hampton Inn, then of course those figures would look high). If the packages are high then just go online and try to get rooms at those hotels.

  18. EverettBeez 12/08/2008 at 9:15 AM #

    Coppertop – I am in Jacksonville, just north of Anniston.

    Anyone else notice that this is the lowest pay out, and with the NO Bowl, the only two under $750,000?

    As a married father of one kid and three dogs I don’t get out for a night of fun in The Ham, ever. I’ll poll my students on where to go for you under 40-set.

    One area to keep in mind is Five Points South. Most of the entertainment downtown clusters there. This is close to UAB. Lots of hotel rooms around UAB because of the hospitals. the hwy 280 & hwy 33/Galleria area both have a fair number of rooms. This is the suburbs, all the shopping & such. Just over the mountain from downtown. The Galleria & The Summit are the two largest areas of shopping. Though there are lots of small retail areas called villages here. Mountain Brook is the one of the oldest, but there are a number of them.

    Attractions – Sloss Furnace is a preserved steel mill. Birmigham was created as a steel town after the Civil War. Nothing but a big meadow before the war.
    They’ve got a good art museum with an incredible collection of Wedgwood Pottery. Part of Wedgwood’s uniqueness lays with NC clay, though I can’t recall the exact connection.
    The Civil Rights Institute is excellent. The famous 16th St Baptist Church & Kelly Igram Park are right there as well.
    Rickwood Field, America’s oldest baseball park.
    McWane is the children’s science museum with an IMAX. My daughter enjoyed it and goes back next week with the whole second grade.
    Talladega is about an hour to the east on 1-20, if you drive down you’ll go right past it. You’ll pass the new Bass Pro-Shop on your way.
    Tuscaloosa is about 45 min’s to the south down I 20/59.

    and then Golf – the Robert Trent Jones trail is, according to my father-in-law, outstanding. Oxmoor Valley and Ross Bridge are the two courses in The Ham. Ross Bridge is expensive, but gets great reviews. The hotel there is a resort and might be the best hotel in the state. The state retirement system owns it all, so help me out and spend your money there.

    I will post something later about my favorite restaurants and what I find out about clubbing.

  19. packalum44 12/08/2008 at 9:51 AM #

    Not sure why, but I booked two rooms. One at the Doubletree using their website and the other at the Winfrey using the Wolfpack Club website. It is actually cheaper to use the Wolfpack Club website if you are not staying at the team hotel. Most of the rooms are all booked at the decent hotels. Doubletree is one of the few that has rooms (outside of the Wolfpack Club website). With tax and for two nights, a room cost about $380. My other room at the Winfrey cost $330.

    I recomend that everyone who is going to book now. There doesn’t seem to be a huge selection of hotels in Birmingham and if you want something decent, its going to be tough to find. There is a Marriott about 10 miles from the stadium that is reasonable.

    Good luck to all in their travels. Go Pack!

  20. packalum44 12/08/2008 at 9:55 AM #

    Does anyone know the tailgating situation at Legion Field. The google map aerial view shows ample parking and room for tailgating.

  21. DFMo 12/08/2008 at 10:28 AM #

    Tailgating … Bowl site has this:

    Phone Number: (205) 254-2391

    General Parking: All public lots will open at 10 a.m. on Monday, December 29th. General parking is $8. Tailgating is allowed around your vehicle however fans taking up an adjacent space or setting up a tent will be charged an additional $10. Fans wishing to park prior to 10 a.m. on Monday, December 29th please enter Lot M.

    RV Parking: Parking lots will open for RV’s at 8 a.m. on Sunday, December 28th. All RV’s should enter through Lot M. RV parking is $20/day plus an additional $8 if towing an automobile.

    Bus Parking: Bus parking is $25. Please enter the “Bus Lot” on 6th Avenue West located on the east side of Legion Field.

    Accessible Parking: There are several parking lots available for persons with disabilities including numerous spaces in Lot F. For more information please contact us at 254-2391.

  22. branjawn 12/08/2008 at 10:29 AM #

    This might be one of the lowest paying bowls, but I think a presence in the state of Alabama is invaluable for recruiting. We’ll take Bama’s sloppy seconds. I’d rather have performance and characters than stars (as in 4 star athletes) with none.

  23. PackMan97 12/08/2008 at 10:47 AM #

    ^ 6 game suspension on branjawn!

  24. SEAT.5.F.2 12/08/2008 at 1:45 PM #

    Also, we have built in roads in GA and have couple of future commits at Georgia Military, so maybe some might make the trip to check this out.

  25. Alpha Wolf 12/08/2008 at 1:56 PM #

    It’s going to be cool to see NC Stat play at Legion Field. I haven’t been there since an Iron Bowl in the 80’s.

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