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2020 CREDENTIAL APPLICATION

All requests for media credentials must be made through the Bowl’s official SportsSystems credentialing platform. Emailed or faxed requests will not be accepted.

Credentials will be limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and all credentials MUST be picked up at Media Will Call at Independence Stadium on game day. No credentials will be mailed out or disseminated prior to game day. All credentialed media must abide by the safety measures and protocols outlined in the Media Guide.

For credentialing and media questions, contact Director of Media and Community Relations Erik Evenson.

2020 Media Guide

2020 MEDIA CENTER

CONTACT: Erik Evenson, Director of Media and Community Relations

(404) 368-7481  |  erik@independencebowl.org

Media Information and Guidelines

Media Accommodations and Services

Media Headquarters: The Residence Inn Shreveport-Bossier City/Downtown will serve as this year’s Media Headquarters. The Media Hospitality Room will begin operations on Wednesday, December 23 at 6 p.m. This room will be set up for the media with information on bowl guides, credentials and schedules for events, with updates throughout the week.

All rooms within the media block not guaranteed with a credit card or a deposit will be released on Tuesday, December 22 at 5 p.m. CST.

To assure the group discount and availability of rooms, reservations must be received prior to Tuesday, December 22 at 5 p.m. CST. Media must state that they are part of the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl media block. All reservations must be made by either calling the hotel directly or booking online. Media can call the number listed below to reach reservations. Online reservations will also be available via www.marriott.com/shvrb. You will need a special code obtained through Erik Evenson.

Residence Inn Shreveport-Bossier City/Downtown

501 Traffic St, Bossier City, LA 71111

Phone: (318) 584-7125

Media Registration Room

The Media Hospitality Room will be at Residence Inn Shreveport-Bossier City/Downtown. The Residence Inn will serve as the 2020 Media Headquarters. Parking passes will be available for pick up in this location, and bowl representatives will be on hand to answer any questions.

Media Hospitality: The Media Hospitality Room will begin operations on Wednesday, December 23 at 6 p.m. and will be open daily through Saturday, December 26. Hours for each day will vary through the week and be posted in the Media Hospitality Room.

Credential Pickup: All media will be required to check-in and pick up credentials at Media Will Call at Independence Stadium on game day for wellness and bag check, located at the Media Gate at Independence Stadium, as NO credentials will be issued prior to arrival. Upon arrival, media will have temperature taken at media will call and allowed to go to Independence Stadium Press Box based on results.

Media representatives are encouraged to pick up game day parking passes at the media headquarters beginning Wednesday, December 23, at 6 p.m.  CST. Media parking passes will NOT be transferred to media will call at the stadium on game day. All media parking passes must be picked up at the media hotel prior to arrival at the stadium on game day.

Individuals may NOT claim all passes issued to his/her media organization, as all credentialed media will be required to pass a wellness check at media will call upon arrival on game day.

Lost or misplaced credentials will not be replaced. All media credentials remain the property of the Independence Bowl Foundation and must be surrendered upon request.

Media Will Call: Media Will Call opens four hours prior to kickoff on game day and is located between gates 2 and 3 adjacent to the west side elevator at the entrance marked as “Media/Vendor Gate.” All media will be required to check-in and pick up credentials at Media Will Call on game day for wellness and bag check, located at the Media Gate at Independence Stadium, as NO credentials will be issued prior to arrival. Upon arrival, media will have temperature taken at media will call and allowed to go to Independence Stadium Press Box based on results. The Media Gate will open for the media to enter Independence Stadium at 2 p.m. on game day. Media parking passes will NOT be transferred to media will call at the stadium on game day. All media parking passes must be picked up at the media hotel prior to arrival at the stadium on game day. Individuals may NOT claim all passes issued to his/her media organization, as all credentialed media will be required to pass a wellness check at media will call upon arrival on game day.

Working Press Credentials

All requests for media credentials should be made through Sports Systems at sportssystems.com/indybowl. Emailed or faxed requests will not be accepted.

Media credentials will be issued in accordance with the following priority guidelines:

(1) Media agencies which cover the participating teams on a regular basis receive top priority

(2) Media agencies which cover the participating teams’ conferences on a regular basis

(3) National media agencies

(4) Sports editors and full-time writers for Louisiana’s daily newspapers

(5) Official school daily of participating schools (one seat and/or one sideline only) as space permits

(6) Media agencies with a minimum circulation of 100,000

(7) Media agencies with a minimum circulation of 50,000

(8) Television stations with a full-time sports director

(9) Student publications or departments representing the two participating institutions (yearbook, newspaper, radio station, alumni magazine, website, etc.). Maximum of one press box pass and one photo pass

(10) Only radio stations with a full-time sports director conducting daily sports talk shows will receive consideration for credentials

(11) Bloggers associated with major media organizations will be considered for credentials. National media organizations and those that cover the participating schools in the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl throughout the course of the year are the only organizations that will be considered.

Deadline for requesting credentials:

Monday, December 21, 2020 at 5 p.m. CST

Media credentials are issued for official business only. No spouses, or children, except those performing in a working capacity, will be allowed in the Independence Stadium press box. This will be strictly enforced. NO ONE UNDER 18 ALLOWED IN THE PRESS BOX.

Credentials are NON-TRANSFERABLE. The Independence Bowl Foundation reserves the right to revoke any credential used by an individual not fully accredited, or any individual not in compliance with press box and/or field photography standards.

Entities requesting credentials will be asked to supply specific names and functions. Only the persons whose names were officially supplied will be issued credentials

Photographers & Photo Credentials

Credentials for on-field photographers will NOT be issued for the 2020 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl. All media credentials will be for press box seating only. The Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl will only credential a limited number of predetermined non-institutional photographers and videographers, which will serve as the pool photographers and videographers for the 2020 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl. Pool photographers and videographers will only have access to the endzone area of Independence Stadium and WILL NOT be allowed access to either sideline bench area. To access the north endzone, photographers will need to use the concourse area and the northeast entrance to the north endzone. These photographers must participate and pass the required COVID-19 screening consistent to personnel permitted on the field. All other credentialed media WILL NOT be permitted on the field.

Per NCAA guidelines, all photographers with field access will not be permitted past the 15-yard-line on either sideline and WILL NOT be permitted on the field for the coin toss.

Safety Measures & Protocols

Credentials to the 20202 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl will be limited to PRESS BOX ONLY due to COVID-19 – other than designated pool photographers and videographers. Seating in the Independence Stadium press box will be limited to adhere to state and local social distancing guidelines.

Face masks will be required in all areas during each individual’s duration in Independence Stadium. A face shield is NOT considered adequate protection unless accompanied by a face mask. All credentialed media will be required to go through a temperature screening and wellness check at Media Will Call before gaining access to the Independence Stadium Press Box.

    Media portal & photo/video distribution

    Pool photographers and videographers will be provided for the 2020 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl.

    The Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl will provide a platform via Google Drive for distribution of game photos/video, press conference content and quotes, and game statistics. Whenever post-game press conferences are available, they will be posted to the portal as well. Still photography will be available in the portal for the media throughout the game and following the game, and video will be available after the game. Links to photo and video folders will be emailed to credentialed media and participating schools’ sports information departments prior to arrival at Independence Stadium, as well as post-game. The link will also be provided at each media member’s workstation in the press box.

    Food & Beverage

    A complimentary pre-game meal will be provided for members of the media in the press box. All pre-game meals will be pre-packaged and available two hours prior to kickoff. Each credentialed media member will be limited to one (1) pre-packaged meal.

    Bottled and canned beverages, as well as coffee, will be available for the duration of the event. Pre-packaged snacks will be available throughout the game.

    Media Luncheon

    There will be NO Media Luncheon for the 2020 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Media Gifts

    Each credentialed media member is entitled to a complimentary gift when they check in at the Media Hospitality Room.

    Press Box Information

    The press box is located on the west side of Independence Stadium, on levels P1 and P2. One elevator, located in the middle of the west side, leads to the press level of the stadium. Media will call is located at the media entrance on the west side of Independence Stadium, south of the elevator between gates 2 and 3 at the entrance marked as “Media/Vendor Gate.” Only persons possessing media passes are allowed access to the press level. Radio booths and coaches booths are located on P1, as well as access to the photo deck.  The media seating area is located on P2.

    Media Work/Interview Room at Independence Stadium

    The Media Work Room WILL NOT be available to credentialed media for the 2020 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl, other than the designated pool photographers/videographers and team photo/video personnel.

    Game Week Media Information & Services

    Pre-Game Press Conference: A virtual news conference with coaches and select players is scheduled for Tuesday, December 22 at 11 a.m. CST. A link to the press conference will be distributed to all credentialed media, local and regional media who cover the Independence Bowl, and the two participating teams’ sports information department for distribution to the media that cover each of the participating teams.

    Copy and Fax Service: Copy and fax services will be available at the Residence Inn Shreveport-Bossier City/Downtown.

    Daily Practice Notes & Quotes: The Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl will provide daily practice notes and quotes – at the team’s discretion – online at RadianceTechnologiesIndependenceBowl.com/media-center/.

    Stadium Access: Media wishing to enter Independence Stadium prior to game day for television and radio reports and photographs, etc., at times other than scheduled practices, should contact Kenny Parr or Catherine Kennedy, stadium manager at (318) 658-5794.

    Media Hospitality: The Media Hospitality Room will begin operations on Wednesday, December 23 at 6 p.m. and will be open daily through game day.

    Credential Pickup: All media will be required to check-in and pick up credentials at Media Will Call at Independence Stadium on game day for wellness and bag check, located at the Media Gate at Independence Stadium, as NO credentials will be issued prior to arrival. Upon arrival, media will have temperature taken at media will call and allowed to go to Independence Stadium Press Box based on results.

    Media representatives are encouraged to pick up game day parking passes at the media headquarters beginning Wednesday, December 23, at 6 p.m.  CST. Media parking passes will NOT be transferred to media will call at the stadium on game day. All media parking passes must be picked up at the media hotel prior to arrival at the stadium on game day.

    Individuals may NOT claim all passes issued to his/her media organization, as all credentialed media will be required to pass a wellness check at media will call upon arrival on game day.

    Lost or misplaced credentials will not be replaced. All media credentials remain the property of the Independence Bowl Foundation and must be surrendered upon request.

    Media Will Call: Media Will Call opens four hours prior to kickoff on game day and is located between gates 2 and 3 adjacent to the west side elevator at the entrance marked as “Media/Vendor Gate.” The Media Gate will open for the media to enter Independence Stadium at 11 a.m. on game day. Media parking passes will NOT be transferred to media will call at the stadium on game day. All media parking passes must be picked up at the media hotel prior to arrival at the stadium on game day.

    Mobile App: Each credentialed member of the media for the 2020 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl will have access to the bowl’s official mobile app. Emails will be distributed prior to bowl week to download the app. The app will provide important information on bowl week activities and media availability, contact information, hotel information and game day information.

    Game Day & Post-Game Media Info & Services

    Pre-Game Media Information: Upon arrival at the stadium, media members will receive a flip card, as well as online access to the media guide, game program, game-day notes and team notes, at their seats.

    Pre-Game Meal: A complimentary pre-game meal will be provided for members of the media in the press box. All pre-game meals will be pre-packaged and available two hours prior to kickoff. Each credentialed media member will be limited to one (1) pre-packaged meal.

    Media Stadium Access: The media gate is located at the southwest side of Independence Stadium. All media will be required to check-in and pick up credentials at Media Will Call on game day for wellness and bag check, located at the Media Gate at Independence Stadium, as NO credentials will be issued prior to arrival. The media gate will open for the media to enter Independence Stadium at 2 p.m. on game day. The elevator to the press box and photo deck is located on the west side of the stadium between gates 2 and 3 at the entrance marked as “Media/Vendor Gate”.

    Press Box: The press box is located on the west side of the stadium, on levels P1 and P2. One elevator, located in the middle of the west side, leads to the press level. Media will call is located at the media entrance on the west side of the stadium, south of the elevator between gates 2 and 3 at the entrance marked “Media/Vendor Gate.” Radio booths and coaches booths are located on P1, as well as access to the photo deck.  The main writers’ room is located on P2, along with the two athletic director booths. Pool photographers will need to show field security their credential and photo vest in order to receive field access.

    Press Elevator: The stadium’s media elevator is located on the west side of the stadium between Gates 2-3 adjacent to the entrance marked “Media/Vendor Gate”.  The writer’s press box is located on the mezzanine level (P2), with the broadcast and coaches booths located on P1.

    Internet Access: Both wired and wireless Internet/email access are available in Independence Stadium. Wi-Fi login information will be provided at each seat. The press box as well as the media room are equipped for both. Technicians will be on hand beginning two hours prior to kickoff, to help with setup. The Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl will provide ethernet cables, if needed.

    Press Box Monitors: Television monitors are located in the Bowl’s press box to assist media in its coverage of the 2020 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl through video of the game and live statistics.

    Statistics: The play-by-play account, quarter statistics, final statistics and coaches/player quotes will be distributed digitally and available in the bowl virtual media center at RadianceTechnologiesIndependenceBowl.com/media-center/. Also, a play-by-play account of down and distance will be provided verbally over the press box public address system.

    Outstanding Players: The 2020 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl Offensive and Defensive Players of the Game Awards presented by Lee Michael’s Fine Jewelry will be named through media-only voting. Ballots will cast via a Google Form that will be on the media Google Drive folder. The players of the game will be determined by media voting ONLY. The recipients will be announced to the media at the conclusion of the game.

    Post-Game Field Access: Media members WILL NOT be allowed on the field following the 2020 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl.

    Mult-Box: A mult-box for designated pool photographers & videographers will be available at news conferences.

    Post-Game Interviews: After a brief cooling-off period, the head coaches and selected players will be available to media following the conclusion of the game via a virtual press conference. An interview space will be set up in the media/interview room – located on the ground floor in the south endzone adjacent to the team locker rooms. ONLY pool photographers/videographers and team/bowl media personnel will have access to the Media Room. The head coach and players from the losing team will be escorted to the post-game media/interview room approximately 15 minutes after the conclusion of the game. The head coach and players from the winning team will be escorted to the media/interview room approximately five minutes after the head coach and players from the losing team have finished.

    TV Post-Game Coverage: Only designated pool photographers and videographers will be allowed to shoot their own video from the media/interview room.

    Post-Game Quotes and Statistical Books: Quote sheets from coaches and players attending the post-game interviews will be available as quickly as possible on the Bowl’s digital media center. Statistical books consisting of a scoring summary, individual stats, team stats, quarter stats, descriptive play-by-play, drive charts, defensive stats, coaches and players quotes, and game records will be available as quickly as possible on the Bowl’s digital media center.

    Post-Game Email: Final stat packets and post-game quotes will be emailed to everyone who requested them through the SportsSystems credential application. If media members would like the statistics emailed to another address, an email request form needs to be filled out and forwarded to a member of the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl media relations staff by the end of the third quarter.

    Photo/Video Distribution: Pool photographers and videographers will be provided for the 2020 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl.

    Photo and video will be provided via a Google Drive folder. Links to photo and video folders will be emailed to credentialed media and participating schools’ sports information departments prior to arrival at Independence Stadium, as well as post-game. The link will also be provided at each media member’s workstation in the press box.

    Video highlights and press conference video will be made available approximately 30 minutes following the post-game press conference on the bowl’s Google Drive folder.

    Media Portal: The Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl will provide a platform via Google Drive for distribution of game photos/video, press conference content and quotes, and game statistics.

    Whenever post-game press conferences are available, they will be posted to the portal as well. Still photography will be available in the portal for the media throughout the game and following the game, and video will be available after the game. Links to photo and video folders will be emailed to credentialed media and participating schools’ sports information departments prior to arrival at Independence Stadium, as well as post-game. The link will also be provided at each media member’s workstation in the press box.

    Press Box Open/Close: The press box will open four hours prior to kick-off at 2 p.m. CST. The press box will stay open two hours after the conclusion of the post-game press conferences.

    ESPN Television Policy
    1. ESPN Sports has exclusive television rights to the 2020 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl.

    2. ESPN standup reporters and camera people with proper credentials will be permitted on the sidelines.

    3. There will be absolutely no live telecasts or transmissions from inside Independence Stadium on game day. Absolutely no live streaming of the game will be permitted. Live shots can be originated any time from outside Independence Stadium.

    4. Microwave transmissions are not permitted within the stadium. All satellite trucks must be positioned outside Independence Stadium.

    5. Absolutely NO live streaming inside the stadium or of the game will be permitted. Anyone live streaming or posting video during the game online, on social media or on any platform will be required to surrender their credential and leave the facility immediately.

    Network Television

    ESPN will televise the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl for the 29th-consecutive year. The contract between the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl and ESPN extends through 2025.

    Television Stations

    There will not be any live telecasts or live-streaming from inside the stadium on game day. There will be absolutely no live broadcasts during the game. Microwave transmissions are not permitted within the stadium on game day, and all satellite dishes must be positioned outside Independence Stadium in the TV/Satellite parking lot. All highlights of game action must be credited “Courtesy of ESPN.”

    Satellite Truck Parking: Parking spaces for satellite trucks adjacent to Independence Stadium are extremely limited. Please contact Kenny Parr or Catherine Kennedy at (318) 658-5794 as soon as possible to reserve a parking location and site-specific needs.

    Photo Registration: NO photographers will have sideline access for the 2020 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl, other than university personnel – at the discretion of each team. Designated pool photographers and videographers will have access to the north and south endzones, while still maintaining social distancing. Each photographer will be issued a photo vest, which MUST BE WORN, along with a field access pass, in plain sight at all times.

    Sideline Restriction: NO photographers will have sideline access for the 2020 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl, other than university personnel – at the discretion of each team.

    Photographer Policies: The Independence Bowl Foundation reserves the right to restrict and/or rescind passes from people who do not follow the above policies.

    Parking

    Parking passes for media covering the 2020 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl are available but limited. A desire for a parking pass should be stated on your official credential request. Media parking will be in the Gold and Brown lots. Media parking passes will NOT be transferred to media will call at the stadium on game day. All media parking passes must be picked up at the media hotel prior to arrival at the stadium on game day.

    Directions to Independence Stadium

    From West of Shreveport:  Take Interstate 20 East. From I-20, take Exit 14 for Jewella Ave. and turn left onto Jewella Ave. Turn right onto Greenwood Rd. and then Right on Mangum St. Parking is on the left (Gold Lot) or right (Brown Lot).

    From East of Shreveport: Take Interstate 20 West. From I-20, take Exit 14 for Jewella Ave. and turn right onto Jewella. Turn right onto Greenwood Rd. and then right onto Mangum St. Parking is on the left (Gold Lot) or right (Brown Lot).

    From Shreveport Regional Airport to stadium: Exit the Airport by getting onto Monkhouse Dr. going north. Turn right onto the ramp for I-20 East. From 1-20, take Exit 14 for Jewella Ave. and turn left onto Jewella Ave. Turn right onto Greenwood Rd. and then right on Mangum St. Parking is on the left (Gold Lot) or right (Brown Lot).

    From media hotel to stadium: Turn right onto Traffic St. Turn right at Barksdale Blvd. intersection to enter I-20 W. Take Exit 14 for Jewella Ave. and turn right onto Jewella Ave. Turn right onto Greenwood Rd. and then Right on Mangum St. Parking is on the left (Gold Lot) or right (Brown Lot).

    Media Entrance & Will Call

    Media Access: The media gate is located at the southwest side of Independence Stadium. All media will be required to check-in and pick up credentials at Media Will Call on game day for wellness and bag check, located at the Media Gate at Independence Stadium, as NO credentials will be issued prior to arrival. The media gate will open for the media to enter Independence Stadium at 2 p.m. on game day. The elevator to the press box and photo deck is located on the west side of the stadium between gates 2 and 3 at the entrance marked as “Media/Vendor Gate”.

    Media Will Call: Media Will Call opens four hours prior to kickoff on game day (2 p.m. CST) and is located between gates 2 and 3 adjacent to the west side elevator at the entrance marked as “Media/Vendor Gate.” All media will be required to check-in and pick up credentials at Media Will Call on game day for wellness and bag check, located at the Media Gate at Independence Stadium, as NO credentials will be issued prior to arrival. Upon arrival, media will have temperature taken at media will call and allowed to go to Independence Stadium Press Box based on results. The Media Gate will open for the media to enter Independence Stadium at 2 p.m. on game day. Media parking passes will NOT be transferred to media will call at the stadium on game day. All media parking passes must be picked up at the media hotel prior to arrival at the stadium on game day. Individuals may NOT claim all passes issued to his/her media organization, as all credentialed media will be required to pass a wellness check at media will call upon arrival on game day.

    Independence Bowl Foundation

    P.O Box 1723, Shreveport LA 71166  |  401 Market Street, Shreveport, LA 71101  |  318.221.0712

    2020 Independence Bowl