Dec. 17, 2009
CHATTANOOVA, Tenn.--In advance of Friday night's national championship game against Montana, the Villanova football team was formally welcomed to Chattanooga on Wednesday evening by the Greater Chattanooga Sports and Events Committee. The Wildcats first day in town included an open media session and a closed practice at Finley Stadium in addition to the function on Wednesday evening.
Villanova was hosted on Wednesday evening by the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, where the team was joined by a local youth group from the Boys and Girls Club of Chattanooga. Over dinner and a tour of the aquarium, the Wildcat players and coaches spent time with the kids in attendance and talked about the meaning of being a student-athlete at the collegiate level.
The highlight of the aquarium tour came in the Ocean Journey area of the aquarium in the Gulf of Mexico exhibit. In that area of the aquarium visitors can see creatures such as 10-foot sharks, barracuda and graceful stingrays gliding through amazing and colorful coral formations. During tonight's visit, divers from the aquarium were a part of the exhibit.
In the spirit of this week's football championship game, the three divers were outfitted as a Villanova football player, a Montana football player and a referee. Jerseys and helmets from both teams were sent in advance for the evening. In the photo gallery link at the top of this release, see photos from the exhibit of the divers wearing a Villanova #9 jersey and a Montana #48 jersey.
On tap for Thursday is the championship luncheon, which will be followed in the afternoon by each team's championship press conference and walkthrough at Finley Stadium. Quotes from the press conference will be available online on Thursday evening.
The Tennessee Aquarium is the top-rated aquarium in the United States and features 10,000 animals, IMAX 3D movies and more. Visitors can ride the River Gorge Explorer, one of the best river boat cruises and tours in the world. The aquarium is ranked #1 for tourist attractions and things to do in the city of Chattanooga.