Gulf Shores Public Beach
Gulf Shores Main Public Beach (Gulf Place), 101 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Before your favorite team takes the field in the Fall of 2013, bring the entire family to the white, sandy beaches of Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, AL for the 2nd SEC BeachFest, a championship celebration that will kick-off the 2013 college football season. Join us August 15 – 18 as we kick off the SEC fall football season with legendary coaches and players, football clinics, a fishing tournament, a golf scramble, a 5k run, concerts and alumni happy hours.
The SEC BeachFest Friday night concert will feature “Bayou Soul” style of Louisiana native, Marc Broussard (below left). The singer-songwriter is known for blending rock, R&B and blues and wrapping it all up with a Southern twist. His song “Home” was a hit on the radio and has been performed by the likes of Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton. Broussard has performed on several late-night talk shows including Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
On Saturday night, “Take a Back Road” down to the beach and catch Rodney Atkins (above left).. The hard-working country star has been nominated for several Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association awards and was named ACM’s Top New Male Vocalist in 2006. The Knoxville native’s no. 1 singles include “If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows),” “These Are My People,” and Platinum hits like “Take a Back Road” and “Farmer’s Daughter.” Both concerts are scheduled to start at 8 p.m. and are free with your SEC BeachFest ticket.
The 2013 SEC BeachFest will bring some of your favorite legendary….and boy, do mean LEGENDARY, coaches and players from around the SEC. As if the fishing, golf, food, music, beach and FanZone fueled by BP aren’t enough, the event gives you the opportunity to get up close and personal with these sports greats and listen to their stories. We’ve already started lining up these renowned coaches that include College Football Hall of Fame Inductees such as Billy Brewer (Ole Miss), Frank Broyles (Arkansas), Vince Dooley (Georgia), Phillip Fulmer (Tennessee), Pat Dye (Auburn) Gene Stallings (Alabama) and RC Slocum (Texas A&M). Former players include Chris Doering (Florida), Ben Leard (Auburn) and Howard Schnellenberger who played and coached at Kentucky, in the NFL, and then started a successful football program at Florida Atlantic University. These are just a few of the legends that will be on hand to entertain and inspire you.
Lace up your running shoes and put on your team colors! You can show your school pride in the SEC BeachFest 5K and 1-mile fun run. Your registration fee includes a ticket to the SEC BeachFest FanZone and the end-of-race breakfast.
New for 2013! Have the chance to catch the fish of a lifetime and meet legendary SEC coaches and players in the 1st Annual SEC BeachFest Fishing Challenge on Saturday, August 17th at Zeke’s Landing.
Enjoy a half day charter trip with your friends, family, or co-workers, followed by free food, drinks, and prizes as you see how your catch stacks up against legendary SEC coaches and players at the Weigh-In Party presented by Wolf Bay Lodge. Bring your kids to the pier in Gulf Shores State Park on Sunday, August 18 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. for a chance to meet former Heisman Trophy winners and win one of many prizes! Children 15 years and under. Free Admission!
Want to hang out with your fellow fans and raise a few cheers during SEC BeachFest? We’ve got the spots for you! Happy hours are from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Auburn Fans – Compleat Angler Seafood Grille & Bar, SEC East Fans – Baumhower’s Restaurant, Alabama Fans – LuLu’s at Homeport Marina, SEC West Fans – Cobalt the Restaurant
The FanZone fueled by BP is the place to be during SEC BeachFest. Here you can take a picture with the Dr. Pepper National Championship Coaches Trophy, visit the Plan Your Next Vacation Station tent and learn more about Gulf Shores & Orange Beach and even attend the Impulse Clinics and town hall chalk talks with the coaches. Plus you can enjoy beach football, beach volleyball, corn hole competitions, inflatables and more.
Talk about bragging rights! You could swing your way to a serious claim to fame by winning the SEC BeachFest Golf Scramble. And even if your foursome doesn’t win, you’ll still get to enjoy two rounds of amazing golf, four free tickets to the SEC BeachFest FanZone, two days of complimentary buffet breakfast and lunch, a gift bag and chance to meet SEC coaching legends. The fee to participate in the golf scramble is $1,200 per four-person team. Craft Farms, Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club and Gulf Shores Golf Club will host the scramble. Kiva Dunes will host the top qualifying teams for the finals.