Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar Welcomes Football Fans to 43rd Annual Independence Bowl

Shreveport, La. – Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar, a leading full-service family sports bar that provides gourmet takes on game day favorites, announced its second year as the title sponsor for this year’s Independence Bowl and welcomes football fans nationwide to join the rivalry and festivities. The post-season National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) –sanctioned Division I college football bowl game will host the Duke Blue Devils and the Temple Owls as they face off on Thursday, Dec. 27 at Independence Stadium.

“Walk-On’s is ecstatic to be the title sponsor of the Independence Bowl for the second year running,” said Brandon Landry, Founder of Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar. “As a former walk-on for Louisiana State University’s basketball team, collegiate sports hold a significant place in my heart. When I embarked upon opening a restaurant brand that celebrated the spirit of university-level athletics, it was important that it supported the responsibility and character that these sports foster; the Independence Bowl embraced these aspects and was a clear, perfect partnership.”

Walk-On’s will host multiple free, open to the public pre-game events, in partnership with the Independence Bowl Foundation. The events will kick off the night prior to the big game, at 5 p.m. CST on Wednesday, Dec. 26. The night’s events include the following:

5:00 p.m. CST -Pub Crawl (downtown Shreveport/Red River District).

6:00 p.m. CST – Mardi Gras Preview Parade with chef John Folse as grand marshal (Louisiana Boardwalk/Red River District/Texas Street).

7:30 p.m. CST – Block Party with Battle of the Bands and Pep Rally, followed by free concert ft. up-and-coming country band Parish County Line (Red River District).

To kick off game day on Thursday, Dec. 27, the sports-driven family-friendly restaurant will also help host a slew of free events as part of “Fan Fest” to pump up fans and locals alike. Elements of game day events include:

9:00 a.m. CST – Fan Fest tailgate opens.

9:30 a.m. CST – Sales will begin for The World’s Largest Pot of Gumbo, which will be served to guests by Walk-On’s in partnership with world-renowned Louisiana Cajun and Creole chef, John Folse. All guests may purchase a bowl of gumbo for a $5 donation.

Please note, all proceeds from sales will benefit the Fisher House Foundation, a non-profit organization providing a “home away from home” for military families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers.

10:30 a.m. CST – Independence Stadium gates open.

12:30 p.m. CST – Walk-On’s Independence Bowl Game begins.

TBD – Half Time Check Presentation to the Fisher House Foundation. (Total to be determined by gumbo sales).

4:00 p.m. CST – After Party at Great Raft Brewing.

4:00 p.m. CST – Free Postgame Ice Skating at George’s Pond, with Walk-On’s Independence Bowl ticket stub (family friendly).

“The Independence Bowl would not have reached the heights it has without Walk-On’s continued, generous support,” said Missy Setters, Executive Director of the Independence Bowl. “We are honored to host them as the title sponsor for the second year in a row and we’re excited for fans to experience the game day pandemonium.”

Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar is the title sponsor of the Independence Bowl for the second year running. Walk-On’s engages its sports centered background to empower collegiate athletes to achieve their goals and in-turn use that go-getter spirit as a pillar for giving back. To learn how you can buy tickets to the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl visit: independencebowl.org and for a full schedule of this year’s events visit: http://independencebowl.org/events.

For more information on Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar, please visit www.walkons.com.