What you need to know: Texas Bowl

Vanderbilt is ready to take over Houston.
The Commodores have punched their ticket to the postseason and will take on Baylor in the Texas Bowl at NRG Stadium in Houston on Dec. 27. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. CT.
Several events await Vanderbilt fans as they travel to Houston for the bowl game. VUCommodores.com offers a rundown of Texas Bowl fan events below, and check back later for special opportunities hosted by Vanderbilt Athletics and the National Commodore Club.
Toyota Kickoff Concert
Sunday, Dec. 23 at 8 p.m. CT
The Rustic – Downtown Houston
Kick off bowl week right with this free show featuring a rising Texas music artist at Houston’s newest bar and live music venue. Keep an eye on the Texas Bowl’s official website for artist announcement and more details on how you can get tickets!
Team Luncheon (presented by CenterPoint Energy)
Wednesday, Dec. 26 at noon CT
Westin Galleria
Reserve your table for the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl Team Luncheon presented by CenterPoint Energy to spend an afternoon with players, coaches and Texas football legends. Click here for more info.
Karbach Hopadillo Bowl Bash
Wednesday, Dec. 26 at 6:30 p.m. CT
Midtown Bars
Head on over to Midtown Wednesday for the ultimate party the night before the game! Cheerleaders, mascots and legends are all part of the fun. You could win tickets, sideline passes, swag, VIP experiences and more! Click here for more info.
Pregame Spirit Walk
Thursday, Dec. 27 (Time TBD)
NRG Stadium
Cheer on the Commodores as they enter NRG Stadium ahead of the Texas Bowl. Spirit walks for both Baylor and Vanderbilt will take place in front of Bud Light Plaza. Check back here later for exact start times. Click here for a Spirit Walk map.
Karbach Love Street Texfest
Thursday, Dec. 27 at 4 p.m. CT
NRG Stadium
TexFest, the official pregame party for the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl, will start at 4 p.m. in the Gravel Lot prior to the game. This is a free event with live music, food, drinks, giveaways, contests and more. Click here for more info.
Tailgating (presented by H-E-B)
Thursday, Dec. 27 at 4 p.m. CT
NRG Stadium
Houston is big-time tailgating country. We strongly encourage fans to take advantage of tailgating opportunities! We want all Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl fans to have the finest tailgating experience possible. Click here for more info.

Welcome to Houston Party – Hosted by the Houston Vanderbilt Chapter
Wednesday, Dec. 26 from 6-8 p.m. CT
The Original Little Woodrow’s Midtown
2306 Brazos Street
Houston, TX 77006

Join the local Houston Chapter and visiting Vanderbilt fans for a celebratory happy hour. Drink specials will be available for everyone wearing black and gold.
Vanderbilt Spirit Tent at TexFest  – Sponsored by the National Commodore Club and the Vanderbilt Alumni Association
Thursday, Dec. 27 from 4-8 p.m. CT
VU Spirit Tent along the drive lane

Snag your Vandy swag on the way to the game! TexFest features live music, food, drinks, giveaways, contests and more. *Free admission to TexFest included with your game ticket*