Ohio State fans will be visible around the Valley this week at a variety of events and activities. Here's the schedule:
Community Service Event - Habitat for Humanity
Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 3-6 - Habitat for Humanity - Glendale
Where: Glendale, - please contact by e-mail Amy Gale for details and to volunteer. Ohio State and Florida fans and alumni are teaming up on this rewarding project.
Happy Hour with the Florida Alumni Club
Thursday, Jan. 4, 6 p.m. - Scottsdale
Where: Maloney's Tavern - 8608 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale.
Charity event - please bring a new toy or stuffed animal. These donations will benefit Maricopa Integrated Health Systems. Wear your Buckeye gear.
Buckeyes in Buckeye Day
Saturday, Jan. 6
9-11:30 a.m. - Historic Downtown Buckeye, Arizona
Where: South 2nd Street and East Monroe Avenue, Buckeye, which is 25 miles west of downtown Phoenix.
Arizona's newest boom town salutes the Buckeyes! Alumni Band will play, gift bag for all visitors. At noon, catch the Buckeyes vs. Illinois basketball game at The Raven Golf Club in Verrado. There will be a drawing at 4:15 p.m. for 3 pairs of Championship Game tickets.
Men's Basketball: Ohio State vs. Illinois
Saturday, Jan. 6, Noon
Where: McDuffy's, 15814 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, 85382.
Watch the game, then head to the Glendale Glitters & Glow BCS Block Party - just minutes away.
Glendale Glitters & Glow BCS Block Party
Saturday, Jan. 6, 3-10 p.m. - Glendale
Where: Downtown Glendale - 59th and Glendale avenues.
Ohio State University Marching Band & Cheerleaders will perform. Extra parking & shuttle at Glendale Community College - 59th & Olive avenues.
Ohio State University Marching Band Rehearsal
Sunday, Jan. 7, 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Tempe High School, 1730 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281.
TBDBITL rehearses "Hollywood Blockbusters" halftime show.
Free admission . Open to the public.
Pep Rally & Block Party
Sunday, 10 a.m. - Close (2 a.m.) - Old Town Scottsdale
Where: Acme Bar & Grill, 4245 N. Craftsman Court, Scottsdale, 85251.
Free parking in garage just east of Acme between Fifth and Third avenues.
Come before & after the Buckeye Bash. Alumni Band, Outdoor BBQ, Club Merchandise.
Buckeye Bash Pep Rally - Downtown Phoenix
Sunday, 2:30-5 p.m.
Where: Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson, Phoenix. Gates open 1:30 p.m. Program begins promptly at 2:30 with Coach Tressel. Free admission. TBDBITL, Archie, Cheerleaders, Brutus, Gene Smith Autograph signing by Craig Krenzel, Mike Doss, etc. Proceeds benefit 2nd & 7 Foundation. Then head back to Acme for an evening of Buckeye fun in Old Town Scottsdale.
Game Day Block Party at Varsity Club West
Monday, Jan. 8
9 am. to 2 a.m.
Where: Westgate Center, Glendale - just north of the stadium & hockey arena.
Outdoor BBQ, Alumni Band, Live music by: Shucking Bubba Deluxe before & after the game. Three big-screen TVs, 13 other TVs. Westgate admission: $20 Varsity Club admission $5.
6:30 p.m. - Kickoff!