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Gameday in Lawrence and a Fan-Tastic Giveaway

August 25, 2014

Let me me state the obvious right out of the gate. The University of Kansas isn’t especially known for this:

Jayhawk Football

At least not lately.

We’re more known for this:

KU Basketball But our family has had KU season football tickets for the last four years and we’ve had a blast.

For starters, we – along with some of our friends – became diehard* tailgaters.

Tailgate grill

It gave us a chance to see our college kids and their friends each week.

KU Football Tailgate

Sometimes we even let our friends from that other school join us.

KU Tailgate

And as far as the games themselves, there’s nothing quite like the sights and sounds of a college football game.

KU Gameday on the Hill

It’s the perfect fall experience – right up there with hayrides and bonfires.

I’m excited because this year Kansas Athletics is giving one of The Family CEO’s readers the KU game day experience for free.

The giveaway includes:

  • One single-game family 4-pack of tickets to a home KU football game of the winner’s choice
  • One $50 gift card to Downtown Lawrence
  • One Junior Jayhawk Kids Club membership

Game days on the hill are perfect for families.
Baby_Jay_Fans_08162013 The Hy-Vee Hawk Zone opens on the football practice field two and a half hours before kick-off and runs through the end of the first quarter.

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It includes inflatable games, live radio broadcasts, tackling station/drills, face painting, a balloon artist, free KU promotional items, a fan photo booth and visits from KU student-athletes.

And I was so happy to learn that the giveaway includes a $50 downtown Lawrence gift certificate. Mass Street in Lawrence is a destination in itself. There are dozens of cool shops and restaurants to spend that gift card. Dinner after the game, maybe?

All you have to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment on this post. You can tell me who you would take to the game or where you would spend the gift card or just say I’m in.

Any comment will serve as your entry.

On Friday of this week – August 29 – I’ll use a random number generator to choose a winner from the comments.

So good luck and Rock Chalk!

*P.S. Tailgating is addictive. Do you know how many tailgating accessories there are? Pop up tables! Miniature gas grills! Helmet-shaped salt and pepper shakers! (We have all of those.)

P.P.S. The funnel cakes in Memorial Stadium are delicious. Get one.

Note: I was compensated by Kansas Athletics for this post. All opinions are my own.
















  1. This looks like a Blast ! Our kids would be pumped (they already have the KU Jayhawk shirts … even though we wish we could convince them that Husker shirts are the way to go :). Love these posts, really thought the staycation one was fun ! Hi to Tom too from the Couse House

  2. If I won, I would take my two kids. They are both in high school and my son is a big fan and determined to be on the KU Marching Band but he’s never been to a game! It would be awesome to take him to watch the Marching Jayhawks. Oh, and the game, too. Lol

  3. What a great website! I just found today and see so much I could do! Maybe even win some tickets! Thanks for your efforts

  4. Since I just dropped off my sophomore at KU a few days ago, I would love the excuse to go see her–and spend a little cash on Mass. Street!

  5. Count me in. My mom and dad went to KU games from the 1940s through the 1980s. Susanne and the girls and I used to go sit on the hill before it was covered with tents. We would love the opportunity to go. Thanks.

  6. Well, I would have to take the Harpers and those cute little godchildren of mine. We are already psyched for the season and can’t wait to tailgate. Have a new tailgate table from Sam’s and my KU accessories ready to go! RCJH!!

  7. I would take my sister in law and her daughters! One of her girls will be a Jayhawk next year! This would be a fun way to start making the transition. Thanks!

  8. I would take me my mom and my brothers! I will be going to KU next year and have never been to one of their games! This would be awesome! Rock chalk!!!

  9. Taking my daughter to college for the first time next weekend – as a junior of course – thank you Cheri Frame of Credits Before College. But we had no idea what ‘family weekend/homecoming’ would mean. I had no idea that was what happened at homecoming. We aren’t sports fans…but who can resist a bouncy house. I think T-shirts might be required!

  10. I would absolutely love to go to a KU game, never been and we are supporters and fans of KU. I would take three of my kids, decked in blue, ready to cheer and root for KU.!!!!!

  11. I would take my mamma and my two sisters!:) Ive never been to a KU game before and would absolutely love to cheer them on in the stands instead of in front of a screen:) thanx for giving everyone an opportunity to submit to win the tickets:) ROCK CHALK, GO KU!!!!!!!

  12. My first visit to your Family CEO website, but am a subscriber to Creating This Life, which I thoroughly enjoy! I am a Jayhawk wannabe and proud mom of two dyed-in-crimson-and-blue-wool Jayhawks grads. We had season tickets for a few years – a great way to spend family time. Rock-Chalk!

  13. What a great giveaway! I would take my kids! We are huge Jayhawk fans and I love exposing them to college to get them interested for the future!

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