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USF to get pregame parties started a night early

The first “Horns Up Rally” is set for Aug. 29 at Sparkman Wharf.
The USF SunDolls perform during the second half at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Saturday, November 3, 2018. The USF band and Spirit Squads will appear this season at the "Horns Up Rallies" to be held the night before home games at various area sites. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]

In its ongoing effort to rally the entire Tampa Bay area around its football team, USF has announced a series of fan gatherings to be held at various local sites the night before home games.

The first of the “Horns Up Rallies” will be held Aug. 29 ― the evening before USF hosts No. 19 Wisconsin ― at Sparkman Wharf in downtown Tampa.

Each rally runs from 5-8 p.m., and will feature appearances from Rocky the Bull, the USF Spirit Squads and the Herd of Thunder Marching Band. The events also will include a live DJ, signature drinks, interactive games for all ages, merchandise tents and promotional giveaways.

Director of athletics Michael Kelly and other USF dignitaries also will appear.

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“I’m really excited for our ‘Horns Up Rallies’ and the opportunity for Bulls fans from all over the bay area to get together, show their USF pride and have a great time right in their own neighborhood,” Kelly said in a USF news release.

“We are going to bring all the USF spirit and fun to our alumni and fans around our great community and have a blast doing it.”

All rally sites, which includes two in Pinellas County, can be found at this link.