RISE and Pecan Lodge Join Forces to Create Ultimate Tailgating Experience for Football and BBQ Fanatics


Game Day Getaway

RISE (www.iflyrise.com), the fast-growing alternative air travel solution based in Dallas and Pecan Lodge, DFW’s popular BBQ eatery, have joined forces to create “Game Day Getaway,” the ultimate tailgate experience going into the college football playoff season.

RISE, which recently launched its on-demand flight creation and crowdsourcing platform, RISE Anywhere, has been filling and flying planes full of college alums to football games within Texas and beyond this season.

“We have the ability to create a unique experience by getting fans to the game before kickoff and back home in time for the game highlights on ESPN but it was missing one important element - the tailgate,” said RISE Founder and CEO Nick Kennedy. “I’m a huge fan of Pecan Lodge and recently struck up a conversation with owners Justin and Diane Fourton while eating lunch there. It didn’t take long for the three of us to connect the dots…private flights, football and barbeque…what could possibly be better?”

No lines at the airport, no lines to get the best BBQ in Dallas and no hassles with getting to the game means RISE and Pecan Lodge are offering a truly one-of-a-kind experience. 

To celebrate the launch of the partnership, today RISE is launching a “Game Day Getaway” sweepstakes. The winner will be given the option of selecting two tickets on an existing RISE Anywhere Football Flight with a catered Pecan Lodge meal or two roundtrip tickets on any scheduled RISE flight to Austin, Houston or San Antonio and a $50 Pecan Lodge gift certificate (certain rules and restrictions apply). To enter, go to http://iflyrise.com/game-day-getaway to fill out and submit an entry form.


RISE was founded in 2014 to disrupt the world of air travel by transforming how people source, purchase, access and experience it.

By layering proprietary technology on top of available inventory within the business aviation sector, RISE provides its members with access to a growing network of on-demand and scheduled flights.

The RISE experience is centered around exceptional and personalized service that takes the stress and frustration out of flying by creating a 10x better experience at 10x less the cost of flying private.


Pecan Lodge was founded by Justin and Diane Fourton in 2010 at the Dallas Farmer’s Market before moving their smokers in to the heart of Deep Ellum. Named for Justin’s grandfather’s ranch in Abliene, Texas, Pecan Lodge prepares everything from scratch…from the popular smoked meats to the valued family recipes including Southern Fried Chicken and Aunt Polly’s Banana Pudding to the signature dishes such as The Hot Mess and Pitmaster Sandwich.

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