Drew Brees headlining tonight’s inaugural Best of Preps banquet

Photo Credit: KLFY

(The Daily Advertiser) – The best high school athletes in Acadiana will be honored Tuesday night at the Cajundome Convention Center during the 2016 Acadiana Best of Preps banquet brought to you by Super Chevy Dealers of Acadiana, Lafayette General Health, LHC Group and other community sponsors.

New Orleans Saints Super Bowl-winning star quarterback Drew Brees is the guest speaker for the event. Athletes of the Week, those named to All-Acadiana teams, and selected coaches will be honored.

Here are some frequently asked questions about Tuesday’s event.

Q: Can I buy tickets at the door?

A: The event is sold out with more than 900 people expected to attend. Athletes have their own required check-in table.

Q: What time should I arrive?

A: Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., but attendees are encouraged to arrive early and check in. Because of the large number of attendees, you will want to avoid getting caught in the check-in line with the program starting just near 6:45 p.m.

Q: Will I have to pay to park?

A: No. Parking for the Best of Preps is free — at the Cajundome Convention Center and at Cajun Field.

Q: Will I be able to get a photo with Drew Brees?

A: Photo opportunities will be limited and contained mostly to the stage, but have your camera ready.

Q: What are some of the highlights of the program?

A: Brees will help hand out awards to nearly 50 athletes and coaches, including six major awards. At least four legends of Louisiana athletics will be among the attendees, including former Carencro and New England Patriots running back Kevin Faulk, former UL and NFL quarterback Jake Delhomme, and tennis pro Chanda Rubin. Legendary LSU running back Billy Cannon will also be in attendance, and will be selling and signing copies of his book, “Billy Cannon: A long, long run.”

Q: Is there food?

A: Yes, a heavy hors d’oeuvres buffet. Begin eating immediately after check-in.

Q: How long is the event?

A: The event will end promptly at 9 p.m.

Q: If I can’t make the event, how can I follow it?

A: You can keep up with the festivities at theadvertiser.com. Afterward, check back for photos and videos from the special evening.

 

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