Several Game-Day Events to Welcome Return of Football
Posted on Thursday, September 02, 2010 [11:35 AM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Football will officially
return to Lindsey Wilson College at 1:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, Sept.
4, when the Blue Raiders play Notre Dame (Ohio) College.
But before the ball is kicked off at Blue Raider Stadium --
heralding the return of football to LWC after a nearly 75-year
absence -- Blue Raider fans will have ample opportunities on
Saturday morning to get into the spirit of the day.
"We want the morning leading up to a game to be a big event on
campus," said Lindsey Wilson Director of Student Activities Jayne Hopkins. "One of the great things about
having a football game on a college campus is the tailgating,
cookouts and other activities that lead up to the games."
Beginning at 10:30 a.m. CT on Saturday, the LWC Student
Activities Office will host the inaugural Tailgate in the Quad on
the Campus Quadrangle. LWC catering services will provide a picnic
lunch to students and guests at the west end of the Campus
Quadrangle, near the Holloway Building, 235 North Blue Raider
Drive. The event -- which will feature the Lindsey Wilson Blue
Raider Marching Band -- is free to students and $5.75 for guests
and members of the general public.
"We've created an event that is both fun for students and fans,
and it's also affordable for families," Hopkins said. "Not everyone
has the time or the energy to tailgate, so Tailgate in the Quad is
a relaxing alternative for families."
Serious tailgaters can roll into Lindsey Wilson Sports Park --
which includes Blue Raider Stadium, Egnew Park and Blue Raider
Field -- beginning at 9:30 a.m. CT on Saturday. Parking is free,
but it is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
"We have had a lot of interest in parking, so people who want to
park near Blue Raider Stadium should plan to arrive early," said
LWC Athletic Director Willis Pooler.
Gates to Blue Raider Stadium will open at 11:30 a.m. CT, and
when they open the concession stand will offer the usual fare of
items, including pizza hotdogs, chilidogs, pretzels, nachos and
cheese, popcorn, candy bars, funnel cakes, frozen lemonade, soft
drinks and coffee.
General admission tickets to the game are $8 for adults, $5 for
students and children 6-12 and older, and free for children 5 and
Back at the Campus Quadrangle, fans will gather in front of the
Holloway Building, 235 North Blue Raider Drive, a little before
noon to join the Raider March to Blue Raider Stadium, 820 Hanley
Lane. Under the direction of Director of Instrumental Ensembles Tim Allen and escorted by the Columbia Police
Department, the Blue Raider Marching Band will lead the one-mile
walk to Lindsey Wilson Sports Park.
"We practiced the march earlier in the school year during one of
the scrimmages, and it was very popular with the more than 200
students who participated," Hopkins said. "We hope to have a lot of
fans join us on the walk on Saturday. What's nice about the Raider
Walk is that people can park on campus, then they don't have to
worry about finding a parking space near the stadium or fighting
traffic after the game."
A Fan's Guide to Saturday's
1. Where is Blue Raider Stadium? Blue
Raider Stadium is part of Lindsey Wilson Sports Park, 820 Hanley
Lane, which is visible from Exit 49 of the Louis B. Nunn Cumberland
Parkway. The entrance is on Kentucky Highway 80, about a half-mile
east of Jamestown Street-Highway 80 (Russell Road)
2. How do I get tickets? Reserved
seats are sold out, but general-admission seats will be available
on game day at the Blue Raider Stadium ticket booth, which opens at
9:30 a.m. CT. Prices: $8 for general admission for adults; $5 for
students and children 6-12 and older; and free for children 5 and
under. General-admission bleacher season tickets are $35, and they
may be purchased by calling the LWC Athletics Office at (270)
3. Where can I park? Parking at
Lindsey Wilson Sports Park is free, but it is available on a
first-come, first-served basis starting at 9:30 a.m. CT. An
auxiliary lot is located off Gaston Avenue. Gaston Avenue is
located off of Jamestown Street, across the street from McDonald's
and directly next to the Spy Street Restaurant.
4. Can I tailgate? Tailgating is
limited to parking lots designated for game-day parking. Lindsey
Wilson does not permit the use of alcohol on any college
5. Can I bring an umbrella into Blue Raider
Stadium? For the comfort and safety of everyone,
umbrellas are not allowed into the stadium. If it rains, fans are
advised to bring other rain gear, such as ponchos.
6. Can I walk on the field after the
game? For the safety of fans, players and game
officials, no fans are allowed on the playing field or surrounding
track before, after or during the game.
7. Can I bring food and drinks into Blue Raider
Stadium? Outside food and drink are not allowed in
Blue Raider Stadium. A concession stand is located inside the main
entrance on the concourse level.
8. When does Blue Raider Stadium open?
Blue Raider Stadium opens two hours before a game's scheduled
kickoff time, 11:30 a.m. CT this Saturday. Tailgating and parking
lots open four hours before kickoff, 9:30 a.m. CT this
9. How long will the game last? The
NAIA follows the same game-time procedures as the NCAA. Four
15-minute quarters will be played, with a 20-minute halftime
featuring performances by the Lindsey Wilson marching band,
cheerleaders and dance team. The game will be broadcast live on DuoCounty Channel
2 and on www.lindseyathletics.com via iHigh.com.
DuoCounty will rebroadcast the game, and an archived edition will
be posted on www.lindseyathletics.com.
10. Will game programs be sold at Blue Raider
Stadium? Return of Blue Raider Football game-day
program will be sold inside the stadium. A flip card -- which lists
names and numbers of LWC and Notre Dame players -- will be inserted
into the program.
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