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Crisler Center, Ann Arbor

Crisler Center, Ann Arbor

The Crisler Center is where all of University of Michigan’s men’s and women’s basketball teams play their home games. Built in 1967, the arena seats 12,721 spectators and is named for Herbert O. "Fritz" Crisler, the head football coach at Michigan from 1938 to 1947. 960 1280

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KFC YUM! Center, Louisville

KFC YUM! Center, Louisville

The KFC YUM! Center, located on the Ohio River Waterfront, is where the University of Louisville’s men’s and women’s basketball teams play their home games. The $238 million multipurpose arena seats 22,500 fans. After paying more than $13 million, Louisville-based YUM! Brands (KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell) received the naming rights for the arena. 960 1280

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The Rock, Ann Arbor

The Rock, Ann Arbor

Located at George Washington Park on Washtenaw Avenue and Hill Street, the Rock was brought to the park in 1932 to commemorate US President George Washington’s 200th birthday. More than 30,000 years old, the Rock features daily graffiti from various visitors and groups to mark special celebrations, including a potential NCAA championship victory! 960 1280

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Churchill Downs, Louisville

Churchill Downs, Louisville

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Louisville is Churchill Downs, a hot destination for horseracing fans. The 2-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival culminates with “The Race for the Roses,” where lucky owner(s), a jockey and a 3-year-old thoroughbred will leave the track and arena as winners. 960 1280

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Ann Arbor Skyline

Ann Arbor Skyline

As Michigan’s 6th largest city, Ann Arbor’s simple skyline includes the Tower Plaza and the Burton Memorial Tower -- it’s this city landscape that draws the most attention from visitors. We recommend taking a stroll through the local parks or through the beautifully tree-lined areas along Huron River, a 130-mile-long river that runs through the city. 960 1280

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Louisville Skyline

Louisville Skyline

Downtown Louisville is the largest central business district in Kentucky. The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville Glassworks, Louisville Slugger Field, Waterfront Park, Riverfront Plaza, KFC Yum! Center and Early Times Distillery are a few attractions travelers can visit in this neighborhood. 960 1280

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ale, Ann Arbor

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ale, Ann Arbor

Beer is a hot commodity in Ann Arbor. Locals and tourists can choose from a few local brews, including the Arbor Brewing Company, Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, Blue Tractor and the nationally acclaimed Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales. Breweries in the nearby town of Ypsilanti also contribute to Ann Arbor's brew scene. 960 1280

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Hot Brown, Louisville

Hot Brown, Louisville

Hot brown is an open-faced sandwich of turkey and bacon, covered in Mornay sauce and baked or broiled until the bread is crisp and the sauce begins to brown. A hotel chef, Fred Schmidt, introduced this alternative to ham and egg late-night suppers at Louisville’s Brown Hotel in 1926. 960 1280

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Zingerman's Deli, Ann Arbor

Zingerman's Deli, Ann Arbor

Pull up a chair and enjoy a meal at Zingerman’s Deli, a popular eatery in Ann Arbor and throughout the Detroit metropolitan area. Foodies -- who don’t mind standing in long lines for overstuffed, sometimes pricey but delicious sandwiches -- are in for a treat. Their corn beef sandwich, pastrami sandwich and mac and cheese are popular items on the menu. And don’t forget to try one of their desserts like the Hunka Burnin’ Love Chocolate Cake. 960 1280

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Lynn's Paradise Cafe, Louisville

Lynn's Paradise Cafe, Louisville

Welcome to Lynn’s Paradise Café. This restaurant serves American food with a Southern twist. The walnut-crusted chicken, fried-green tomato BLT, World Famous Bloody Mary and mint julep are several items on the menu worth trying if you stop in for a bite to eat. 960 1280

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The Ride, Ann Arbor

The Ride, Ann Arbor

More than 6 million people ride the public buses in Ann Arbor each year, according to the Ann Arbor Transit Authority. AATA has gone green with 27 hybrid electrical buses. The city has plans to increase the number of hybrid buses as the older buses are decommissioned. Travel green yourself as you make your way around Ann Arbor. 960 1280

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Transit Authority of River City, Louisville

Transit Authority of River City, Louisville

Green travel is starting to become the norm in Louisville. The Transit Authority of River City operates more than 240 public buses, including hybrid and all-electric buses, in Derby City and southern Indiana. TARC’s 17,700-square-foot maintenance and training building received Gold LEED Certification for its commitment to being eco-friendly. 960 1280

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The Brown Jug, Ann Arbor

The Brown Jug, Ann Arbor

Don’t have tickets to a Wolverines game? Join students and other locals at The Brown Jug restaurant, located on South University Avenue and Church Street. Part of Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan’s history since 1936, The Brown Jug is the oldest college football trophy in the US. Every year, the Minnesota Gophers and Michigan Wolverines battle it out on the field to gain or maintain possession of the coveted award. 960 1280

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Bungalow Joe's Bar and Grill, Louisville

Bungalow Joe's Bar and Grill, Louisville

Flat iron steak, Triple Crown chicken and bourbon-glazed salmon are just a few tasty items on the menu at Bungalow Joe’s Bar and Grill. Touted as the “premier family sports bar” in Louisville, this bar is the perfect spot to grab a beer and watch the Cardinals play. 960 1280

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LSU vs. Alabama

LSU vs. Alabama

The BCS Championship
Alabama looks to exact some revenge after a crushing 9-6 overtime loss to LSU earlier in the season. Trent Richardson, one of the most dynamic backs in the country, will attempt to lead the Crimson Tide to victory over LSU's Tyrann Mathieu and the nation's 2nd ranked defense in the BCS championship game at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. The 2 SEC powerhouses will duke it out Monday, Jan. 9 at 8:30|7:30c.
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Stanford vs. Oklahoma State

Stanford vs. Oklahoma State

The Fiesta Bowl
If you like high-scoring offensive match-ups, then this is the game for you. Stanford, led by Heisman runner-up Andrew Luck, is poised to put up big numbers in the Fiesta Bowl against Justin Blackmon and the high-powered offense of Oklahoma State. The game will take place in Glendale, AZ, on Monday, Jan. 2 at 8:30|7:30c.
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Clemson vs. West Virginia

Clemson vs. West Virginia

The Orange Bowl
The Big East Champion West Virginia Mountaineers look to power over the ACC Champion Clemson Tigers in the 2012 Orange Bowl on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 8:30|7:30c. With strong-armed Geno Smith leading WVU against Tajh Boyd and an explosive Clemson team, Florida could be the place to see some offensive fireworks this new year.
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Wisconsin vs. Oregon

Wisconsin vs. Oregon

The Rose Bowl
In a battle with 2 of the most explosive backs in the country, Big Ten champion Wisconsin will Square off against the Pac-12 champion Oregon Ducks. The 2 teams will face off on Monday, Jan. 2 at 5|4c in one of the most historic stadiums in college football, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.
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Michigan vs. VA Tech

Michigan vs. VA Tech

The Sugar Bowl
The Michigan Wolverines cruise into New Orleans to match-up against Logan Thomas and the Virginia Tech Hokies in the Sugar Bowl. If Virginia Tech wants to win this game, they'll have to contain the highly-entertaining, dual-threat quarterback of the Wolverines, Denard Robinson who threw for 2,056 yards and ran for another 1,163. These 2 teams are set to battle at the Louisiana Superdome on Tuesday Jan. 3 at 8:30|7:30c.
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The University of Florida Gators go head-to-head with the Penn State University Nittany Lions at the Outback Bowl in Tampa, FL, on January 1, 2011. 960 1280

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The Florida Gators have made 37 bowl game appearances and collected 3 national championships, most recently in 2009. Will 2011 be theirs for the taking? 960 1280

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The Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate their 2010 Rose Bowl win in Pasadena, CA. Ohio State will go for a consecutive bowl win on January 4 in New Orleans when they play the Arkansas Razorbacks in the 2011 Allstate Sugar Bowl. 960 1280

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The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl hosts the annual Bowl Championship Series at the University of Phoenix in Glendale, AZ. 960 1280

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There will be no shortage of orange for the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl between Stanford and Virginia Tech on Jan 3 in Miami, FL. 960 1280

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The VA Tech Hokies will make their fifth appearance at the Orange Bowl. 960 1280

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Students and cheerleaders celebrate after the University of Wisconsin upset Ohio State 31-18 on October 16, 2010. The Wisconsin Badgers will play the Texas Christian University (TCU) Horned Frogs in the 2011 Rose Bowl on Jan 1 in Pasadena, CA. 960 1280

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The Cotton Bowl was played at Dallas' Cotton Bowl Stadium in 2009. The Cotton Bowl is now played at the new stadium built by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in Arlington, TX. 960 1280

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Florida State Seminoles head coach Bobby Bowden is surrounded by photographers following the team's 33-21 victory against the West Virginia Mountaineers at the 2010 Gator Bowl. Mississippi State and Michigan go head-to-head for the 2011 Gator Bowl on Jan 1. 960 1280

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University of Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray celebrates with fans after beating the University of Texas in the 2010 Cotton Bowl. The UConn Huskies and the Oklahoma Sooners will face -off in the 2011 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on Jan 1 in Glendale, AZ. It will be UConn's first Bowl Championship Series appearance and Oklahoma's fourth. 960 1280

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University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky - Lexington, KY
In downtown Lexington, KY, the historic Kentucky Theater has been providing entertainment since 1922. The theater started off as a concert hall and playhouse, and is now a place for modern cinema, both wide-release and art-house films.
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Ohio State University

Ohio State University

Ohio State University - Columbus, OH
South Campus Gateway is a hub of entertainment in Columbus, OH. Considered the Main Street of Columbus, it is frequented by university students and neighborhood residents alike because of its many shops and restaurants.
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Analogue Kid - Wikimedia Commons  

Syracuse University

Syracuse University

Syracuse University - Syracuse, NY
A triangle-shaped park, Hanover Square was the first commercial district in Syracuse, NY, and comprises 17 historic buildings. Now the setting for many cultural gatherings and live music, the square was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
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University of North Carolina

University of North Carolina

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC
Considered the social hub for university students, Franklin Street was named after Ben Franklin and has been in use since the university's construction began in the 1790s. The street is celebrated for its festivals, nightlife and myriad of shops.
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Caroline Culler - Wikimedia Commons  

University of Arizona

University of Arizona

University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ
In Tucson, AZ, the university's athletics teams were nicknamed the "wildcats" after the LA Times praised Arizona for showing "the fight of wildcats" in a 1914 football game against Occidental College. The image stuck as the school's official mascot.
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Marquette University

Marquette University

Marquette University - Milwaukee, WI
The largest private university in Wisconsin (and one of the largest Jesuit universities in the country), Marquette is located 1 mile from Lake Michigan, and is responsible for Milwaukee's reputation as one of America's great college basketball towns.
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University of Texas

University of Texas

University of Texas - Austin, TX
With more students than any other college in Texas, the University of Texas at Austin has been recognized as "America's Best Sports College" by Sports Illustrated. The Texas Longhorns have long been revered as a powerful football team. In recent years, their men's basketball team has also made their name among the elite.
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Indiana University

Indiana University

Indiana University - Bloomington, IN
Located in the heart of Bloomington, IN, Kirkwood Avenue is lined with bars, shops and restaurants. It was named for astronomer Daniel Kirkwood in 1895, whose observatory can be seen from the avenue.
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Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University - Nashville, TN
Located a little more than a mile from downtown Nashville, Vanderbilt University started calling its sports teams the "Commodores" or the "'Dores" after the university's namesake Cornelius Vanderbilt, who made his fortune in shipping.
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Georgetown University

Georgetown University

Georgetown University - Washington, DC
In Washington, DC, M Street is part of a major shopping district in the Georgetown neighborhood. Georgetown University is the oldest Jesuit and Catholic university in the US. To this day, no one is quite sure why the university's team is called the "Hoyas."
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Duke University

Duke University

Duke University - Durham, NC
The American Tobacco skyline is home to Duke University, which changed its name to Duke in 1924 for tobacco industrialist James B. Duke. Durham, NC, embraces college basketball with fervor, selling out every men's home basketball game.
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Michigan State University

Michigan State University

Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI
The pride of East Lansing, MI, Michigan State University is not only home to a championship-winning men's basketball team, but it is also considered one of the country's "public Ivies." Meanwhile, Grand River Avenue is the hub of shopping and entertainment at the university.
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University of Kansas

University of Kansas

University of Kansas - Lawrence, KS
The home of the University of Kansas, downtown Lawrence, KS, is full of culture. It's home to an annual film festival, as well as a festival for buskers, or street performers. Lawrence is also filled with history; it was named one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's "most distinctive destinations."
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Lawrence Convention & Visitors Bureau