With a mix of Ball State, Georgia State, and local college football fans, thousands will flock to Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl on Christmas Day to watch the TaxAct Camellia Bowl.
The game between the Ball State Cardinals and the Georgia State Panthers will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will also air on ESPN.
Tickets range from $ 30 to $ 150 and are available online at cameliabowl.com/tickets.
But before and after the game, all of those visitors to Montgomery will need places to eat, drink, shop, and maybe have a little more fun. Because it’s Christmas, it will be a bit of a challenge. But fear not. We have some suggestions for you.
Chow down in Montgomery
Many restaurants are closed on Christmas Day. So if you’re looking for something other than concessionary stadium food before and after the 1:30 p.m. kick-off, or maybe a place to grab a drink, the choices may be limited.
But here are a few options:
The Exchange at the Renaissance at 201 Tallapoosa Street is a downtown nightclub just minutes from the stadium. They have evening drink specials and shows. Saturday, they will have Eric Perkins on stage from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The BB King’s Blues Club, 1881 Eddie L Tullis Road in Wind Creek Montgomery, offers a full menu and drinks, as well as live entertainment. On Saturday they will have the Party Rockers performing at 8 p.m. Call 334-514-5247 for reservations. bbkings.com/montgomery.
Yoshimi, a hibachi, sushi, and Chinese food restaurant at 5761 Atlanta Highway, Montgomery, will be open. Their regular Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 334-676-2326.
India Palace, offering authentic Indian dishes from the heart of Punjab, India, will be open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. indiapalacemgm.com – 334-245-9340.
The Kabuki Japanese Steakhouse, 7834 Vaughn Road, Montgomery, will be open. Their regular Saturday hours are noon to 11.334-273-8885.
Looking for 24/7 breakfasts, or maybe burgers or steaks and those amazing hash browns? Waffle House, which has locations throughout the River Area, will be open. There’s one just down the street from the stadium at 301 Madison Avenue.
Not far from Montgomery off I-65 South is Denny’s, 900 Tyson Road, Hope Hull. They are open 24/7 and will be on Christmas Day. The same will apply to the Flying J Travel Center in which it is located.
Grab hot dogs, snacks, and fill your tank at Circle K. They also have fountain drinks and slushies. Circle K has multiple locations throughout the river region, and most are expected to be open 24/7. There is one near the stadium at 300 Madison Avenue.
Looking for a little extra fun?
Enter the 24/7 arcades at Wind Creek Montgomery, 1801 Eddie L. Tullis Road, and Wind Creek Wetumpka, 100 River Oaks Drive, both of which will be open on Christmas Day.
Need to buy something?
While many stores, including Walmart, are closed on Christmas Day, there are a few options for shopping needs. CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens have several locations around Montgomery that will be open Saturdays during regular business hours.
For safety and security reasons, roads are closed around Cramton Bowl. Madison Avenue will be closed from Jackson Street to S. Capitol Parkway Thursday through Sunday. Hall Street is closed from Adams Avenue to Madison Avenue, and parking passes will be required to enter Hall Street.
Parking on match day
Free public parking will be located in Lots J and K, across the Cramton Bowl on Madison Avenue – in the Patterson Field lot (K) and the lot to its left (J). Disabled parking will be in Lot J. Free parking is also available in Lot E, the block surrounded by Madison Avenue, N. Hilliard Street, Monroe Street and N. Jackson Street.
RV parking is available at the Cramton Bowl. These will enter Lot C at the corner of Monroe Street and Hilliard Street, or Pelham Street and Hilliard Street. It costs $ 50 for electrical hookups / $ 40 without electricity. Pop up tents will not be permitted. Contact B. Butler at 334-409-1323 or email [email protected]
Pop up tents and tailgating
Pop up tents and tailgating activities are only permitted in Lot E. Spaces are $ 20 and can be reserved by contacting EATSouth at 334-422-9331.
What you can and cannot bring to the game
Of course, there are rules for the thousands of fans who race the Cramton Bowl. Here’s a look at what fans should and shouldn’t bring to the Camellia Bowl:
Â· Only transparent bags not exceeding 12 Ã 12 are allowed in the stadium. You can therefore bring small backpacks, handbags and small diaper bags that meet these criteria.
Â· You cannot bring food or drink from outside into the Cramton Bowl. Concession stands will be open at the stadium.
Anything that can be used as a weapon or thrown is prohibited. This means that there are no cans, bottles, coolers, fireworks, horns, whistles, or other hard objects that can be used as missiles or projectiles. That is why concession stand operators will only serve drinks in plastic or paper containers.
Although cameras with lenses of 12 “or less are permitted, camera cases are prohibited
Â· Binoculars are allowed; again, no case.
Video cameras and camcorders are prohibited for this game
Headset radios and cell phones are allowed
Â· You can bring a small flag to wave, but it cannot be on a metal pole.
Umbrellas are prohibited, but you shouldn’t need them on this day anyway. The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies.
With temperatures hovering between 70 and 50 degrees on Saturday, it may be a good idea to bring a jacket or blanket for that night. A stadium cushion is also a good idea.
Contact reporter Shannon Heupel of Montgomery Advertiser at [email protected]