Big Rapids, Mich. - Tickets for this Saturday's (Oct. 5) Ferris State University homecoming football showdown against Saginaw Valley State at Top Taggart Field are currently on sale and fans can avoid potential lines and save by purchasing in advance.
A large crowd is expected for this week's "Bulldog Beach Bash" homecoming game, which will pit a pair of teams unbeaten in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) as FSU and SVSU both enter the North Division showdown with perfect 3-0 league marks to date and a share of the divisional lead. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. (ET).
The Bulldogs will unveil a new state-of-the-art Daktronics video scoreboard and sound system as part of the day's activities.
This week, both teams are among those receiving votes in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II National Poll. Ferris State is ranked 12th nationally in the CompughterRatings.com poll following back-to-back league road wins over Ashland and Walsh while SVSU is 19th in the same scientific listing.
The two teams will meet for the 39th-straight year with the Bulldogs owning a slim 19-18-1 all-time series' edge counting a pair of forfeit victories. The Bulldogs have upset a ranked Cardinals' squad in two of the last three matchups played at Top Taggart Field, including a thrilling 21-17 triumph in the most recent game in Big Rapids in 2010. A year ago, however, Ferris State suffered a heart-breaking 31-24 overtime setback to then 16th-ranked SVSU on the road in University Center.
Tickets for Saturday's game can be bought online at www.StarTickets.com, by calling (800) 585-3737, or in person thru the FSU Athletics Ticket Office located inside the Ewigleben Sports Complex. The ticket office is open today thru Friday from 9 a.m. (ET) to 5 p.m. (ET) with extended hours on Wednesday until 7 p.m. (ET).
The Wheeler Pavilion Gameday Ticket Office will also open earlier than normal on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. (ET). For more information on ticket sales, please call (231) 591-2888 or visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com.
Football tickets in advance for Saturday's premium game are only $12 for adults, senior citizens (ages 65+) and FSU faculty/staff along with $8 for students. Prices go up to $15 for adults, senior citizens and faculty/staff on gameday along with $10 for students. Ferris students with ID will be admitted free by showing their student identification cards.
Parking in lots near Top Taggart Field is $5 per available space. As a convenience to fans, credit cards will also be accepted at the ticket window along with the concession stand.
Tailgating will be permitted starting on Saturday at 10 a.m. (ET) with the gates to the stadium opening 90 minutes prior to kickoff at 12:30 p.m. (ET). The Bulldog Walk "Player Parade" will start at 11:45 a.m.
A number of special activities and events highlight Ferris' 2013 homecoming slate. Various student events will take place all week highlighted by the traditional bonfire on Wednesday (Oct. 2) night at 8 p.m.
The Homecoming slate also includes alumni reunions for several campus organizations and groups on both Friday and Saturday. The annual parade will be held in downtown Big Rapids on Saturday starting at 12 p.m. (ET) prior to the football game.
The FSU-SVSU football game will be broadcast live locally by the Bulldog Sports Network and Sunny 97.3 FM with Rob Bentley handling the play-by-play duties and Sandy Gholston offering color commentary. A live high-definition video and audio webcast complete with internet statistics will be available through FSU's all-access video portal for a charge of $7.95 on FSU's Athletics Website at www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com.
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