Verizon Wireless And ESPN The Magazine Present The 2005 Gridiron Blowout Tour

BEDMINSTER, NJ — Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless service provider, is going back to school this fall to hang out with the football fans at colleges and universities across the country. ESPN The Magazine's Gridiron Blowout Tour 2005 is the ultimate college football tailgate party experience and it is making its way to 10 college campuses from September to November. The party begins on Friday night before each scheduled game and festivities continue through Saturday with game-day tailgates.

College students can enjoy an action-packed weekend of tailgating during the Gridiron Blowout Tour when they visit the Verizon Wireless HUB lounge — the place to be during the day. Check out cool activities, contests and giveaways during the following Gridiron Blowout Tour 2005 college football games:

September 10, 2005: Notre Dame v. MichiganSeptember 17, 2005:  Ball State v. Auburn October, 1, 2005:  USC v. Arizona StateOctober 8, 2005:  Oklahoma v. Texas October 15, 2005:  Army v. TCUOctober 29, 2005:  Georgia v. FloridaNovember 5, 2005:  Miami v. Virginia TechNovember 12, 2005:  Texas A&M v. OklahomaNovember 19, 2005:  Oklahoma State v. BaylorNovember 26, 2005:  Notre Dame v. Stanford

Let the Games Begin Students attending the weekend's big game can heat up the competition by visiting Verizon Wireless' HUB lounge and compete in a contest to "name that Ringback Tone." Students that name the correct song and prove to be true music aficionados can win t-shirts, wristbands and even a brand new LG phone from Verizon Wireless.

No Downtime During Halftime Even at halftime, the action continues in the HUB lounge with demos of the hottest new services and the opportunity to enter cool sweepstakes. Football fans with only a few minutes to spare can catch pigskin action on V CAST, Verizon Wireless' broadband-quality multimedia service. V CAST from Verizon Wireless gives fans streaming video of frequently updated video clips from leading content providers.

Calling All Cover Girls (and Guys) Aspiring models can take a break from the football game and pop into the HUB lounge for their own private ESPN The Magazine cover shoot. Students can then share their moment in the spotlight with friends and family by sending their cover shot photos directly from their Verizon Wireless PIX Messaging-capable phones. Once back at the dorm, students can also visit to access their photos online.

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