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Items Prohibited From Independence Stadium

  • Outside food or drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)
  • Ice chests/coolers
  • Video Cameras
  • Firearms
  • Mace
  • Knives
  • Pocket Tools
  • Straight Blades
  • Tazer/Stun Guns
  • Umbrellas
  • Oversize Bags (Bags must fit in 12″×12″ box)
  • Laser Pointers/Lights

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Automated Teller Machines

Automated Teller Machines will be available in the parking/tailgating areas outside of the stadium on the State Fair Grounds.

Banners and Signs

Temporary banners and signs are not permitted in Independence Stadium for the Duck Commander Bowl

Concessions

Concession stands are located throughout Independence Stadium, both on the ground level and along the upper concourse. In addition, vendors service all sections of the stadium, prior to and during the game. They will feature an assortment of items, including dishes with a southern flair.

Directions

From the West on I-20:
Take I-20 east to the Jewella Avenue or Hearne Avenue exits. Take either exit and turn left. Follow directions according to accompanying map for parking entrances.

From the East on I-20:
Take I-20 west to the Hearne Avenue or Jewella Avenue exits. Take either exit and turn right. Follow directions according to accompanying map for parking entrances.

From the South on I-49:
Take I-20 west towards Dallas. Take either the Hearne Avenue or Jewella Avenue exits and turn right. Follow directions according to accompanying map for parking entrances.

First Aid

Independence Stadium is equipped with one first aid station. The station is located in the north end-zone area. Ambulance service is available during the game.

Game

The date and time for the 2014 Independence Bowl will be announced during the spring.

Gate Information

For the most direct and efficient access to your seat, please enter the stadium through the gate indicated on your ticket. All gates open two (2) hours prior to kickoff.

If you hold a ticket for section:

  • 100–108 — Use Gate #3
  • 119–124 — Use Gate #1
  • 200–205 — Use Gate #3
  • 219–224 — Use Gate #1
  • 109–118 — BHP Billiton Gate
  • 125–130 — Use Gate #2
  • 212–218 — BHP Billiton Gate
  • 225–230 — Use Gate #2

Gameday Ticket Problems

If a gameday ticket problem occurs, contact the nearest usher for assistance.

Sponsoring Agency

The Independence Bowl Foundation is a nonprofit organization incorporated under the laws of the State of Louisiana to promote, sponsor and stage an annual postseason intercollegiate football game in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Handicap Assistance

Ticket holders needing handicap assistance to their seats can use the elevators located on the west and south sides of Independence Stadium, and golf carts will be available at the bottom of the ramps to assist east side ticket holders.

History

The first Independence Bowl was conceived by a group of local businessmen in the year that the United States of America celebrated its 200th Birthday. The inaugural game was played on December 13th, 1976 with a matchup of McNeese State and Tulsa at what was Shreveport’s State Fair Stadium. For the past 38 years, the Independence Bowl has served as the post-season home for some of the top teams in college football.

Independence Stadium

Independence Stadium seats 48,961 and is located on the Louisiana State Fair Grounds in Shreveport, Louisiana. The City of Shreveport recently finished a $30 million renovation project that increased capacity, created a true bowl shape, added luxury suites and a club level, as well as a new south endzone structure with new seating. Completely new concession stands and restrooms were also added on ground level.

Prior to the 2002 bowl game, the Independence Bowl Foundation renovated the press box, increasing capacity to more than double what it was in the writers’ area, as well as the radio and coaches booths. Also added were two athletic director’s suites on the upper level

Lost and Found

Lost and Found is located in the southwest corner of Independence Stadium at the Security Office. For further assistance, contact the nearest Shreveport Police Officer or usher.

Lost Patrons

Lost patrons should contact the nearest police officer who will escort them to the Security Office, located in the southwest corner of the stadium.

Matchup

In 2013, the Independence Bowl renewed it’s primary conference agreements with the Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeastern Conference to run from 2014-19. The Independence Bowl alspo has secondary agreements with the American Athletic Conference and Conference USA that run through 2019 as well.

Messages

Only calls dealing with extreme emergencies will be paged over the public address system. Any emergency announcement broadcast over the public address system must first be cleared through the press box manager or the Media Relations/PR Director in the press box.

NCAA Player Guest Ticket Gate

The NCAA Player Pass Gate is located on the West side of Independence Stadium between gates #2 and #3, next to the elevator shaft. These gates will open at 11 a.m.

Parking

A limited number of reserved parking spaces adjacent to Independence Stadium are available for $25 each through the bowl office, by calling 888-414-BOWL, or through the bowl website at www.inependencebowl.org. Cash-only parking lots are available for around the State Fair Grounds and will be open on game day. Parking in these lots is $15. There will be a limited number of available spaces. Fans can pre-purchase passes for the general parking lots for $10 by calling the Bowl Office or ordering online at www.independencebowl.org.

Handicap Parking
Handicap parking costs $10 and is located adjacent to the north side of Independence Stadium in a designated lot, as well as on the north side of Hirsch Coliseum.

Traffic exiting from I-20 onto Greenwood Road will enter the Louisiana State Fair Grounds through the Stadium Drive Gate

Traffic exiting from I-20 onto Hearne Avenue will enter the Louisiana State Fair Grounds through the Kings Highway gate.

Traffic exiting from I-20 onto Jewella Avenue will enter the Louisiana State Fair Grounds through the Fair Street gate. The Fair Street gate allows access to the VIP lots, bus lots, and the south RV lot.

Traffic may also exit at Lakeshore Drive off of I-20 from the east and proceed south on Hearne to the Louisiana State Fair Grounds via Greenwood Road or the Kings Highway gate.

Traffic may also exit at Monkhouse Drive off of I-20 from the west and proceed east on Greenwood Road to the Louisiana State Fair Grounds via the Stadium Drive gate.

Traffic exiting through the Stadium Drive gate must proceed west bound on Greenwood Road, traveling to Monkhouse Drive. Turning south on Monkhouse Drive to I-20. There will be no left turn onto Jewella Avenue from Greenwood Road!

Traffic exiting through the Fair Street gate must proceed southbound on Jewella Avenue to I-20. No right turn onto Jewella Avenue from Fair Street will be allowed!

Traffic exiting through the Hudson Street gate will be diverted eastbound on Midway to Linwood Avenue, proceeding north on Linwood Avenue to I-20. No right turn onto Midway from Hudson Street will be permitted!

Traffic exiting through the Grosjean Street gate must proceed eastbound on Greenwood Road through Hearne Avenue to I-20 or traffic may turn north on Hearne Avenue to Lakeshore. Drive (east) to I-20.

Traffic exiting from Missouri Street must proceed eastbound on Greenwood Road through Hearne Avenue to I-20 or traffic may turn north on Hearne Avenue to Lakeshore Drive (east) to I-20.

Traffic exiting through the Kings Highway gate from the large lot will use the two south lanes on Kings Highway and will turn right onto Hearne Avenue to I-20.

Traffic exiting through the Kings Highway gate from Pershing Avenue will use the two north lanes and will proceed eastbound on Kings Highway to Linwood Road.

Photography

You may take still photos of the game from your seat. Video cameras are not permitted inside the stadium.

Restrooms

Men’s and women’s restroom facilities are located throughout the stadium, both on the ground level and along the upper concourse. For your convenience, attendants will be stationed in the restrooms.

RV Parking

RV spaces are also available on the Louisiana State Fair Grounds. The price, including hook-up, is $50 per day. To make reservations for RV space, contact the State Fair Office at 318.635.1361.

Smoking

Smoking is not permitted inside Independence Stadium.

Souvenirs

Novelties and programs can be found at different locations throughout Independence Stadium, as well as outside the stadium prior to kickoff.

Stadium Office

The stadium office is located in the northeast corner of Independence Stadium.

Stay off the Field

Please do not go onto the playing field at any time. Anyone entering the field area without proper credentials is subject to eviction and arrest under Louisiana state law.

Tailgating/Parking

A special lot conveniently located northeast of Independence Stadium, the White Lot, has been reserved for tailgate parties. The price is $25 per parking space. To make reservations for tailgating space contact the State Fair Office at 318-635-1361. Grass Tailgate Areas can be purchased through the State Fair Office and the price depends on the amount of space. Charter buses and limousine passes are $50 each and can also be purchased through the State Fair Office.

Ticket Information

Reserved seat tickets for the 2014 Independence Bowl range from $25 to $47, and are subject to availability. Special $32/$42 tickets are available for all military personnel (veteran or active) who shows their military ID at the ticket office. All persons, including children of any age, must have a ticket for admission to the stadium. Ticket information for the 2014 Independence Bowl may be obtained through the Bowl office by calling 318-221-0712 or toll free 888-414-BOWL. VISA, Master Card, American Express, and Discover cards are accepted.

TV Broadcast

ESPN will again serve as the television home of the Independence Bowl Bowl for the 23rd-straight year. The first Independence Bowl to be televised by ESPN was the 1992 matchup of Oregon and Wake Forest. In 2013, the Independence Bowl signed a two-year extension with ESPN to broadcast the game through 2019.

Ushers

Stadium ushers serve the needs of our spectators. Please contact the nearest usher to request medical assistance or register complaints about objectionable behavior by other spectators.

Will Call

Will call is located in the northeast ticket booth, near Gate #4. Picture ID is required.

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