Ferris State Offering Free Fan Bus To D2 National Semifinal Game In Mankato


Big Rapids, Mich. -  The Ferris State University Athletics Department has announced a complimentary fan bus will be available for those Bulldog fans wanting to make the trip to the Bulldogs' NCAA Division II National Semifinal Game this Saturday (Dec. 8) in Mankato, Minn.

A FREE fan bus will be provided to transport students and fans to Mankato for the game at Minnesota State. The bus will leave from Lot 47 on the northwest side of the Ewigleben Sports Complex on Friday morning at 6 a.m. (ET) and return to Big Rapids following the game on Saturday with return arrival Sunday morning. A stop will be made to pickup additional riders on Friday morning at approximately 7 a.m. at the M-6 carpool lot located at 4450 8th Avenue in Grandville.

To sign up for the bus trip, please call Ferris State Athletics at (231) 591-2862 beginning at 8:30 a.m. (ET) on Tuesday (Dec. 4) to make payment and confirm your spot on the fan bus. The deadline is Wednesday at 5 p.m. (ET). Seats on the bus are first-come, first-serve. Complete bus trip details and information can be found below.

Those fans interested in signing up for the bus trip should first call the phone number above. If you reserve a spot on the fan bus, a hotel reservation will be made for you but you will be required to pay for your room at check-in. The hotel cost will be approximately $119 plus tax and includes complimentary breakfast and a full-service restaurant. Room types are limited.

Those interested in signing up will need to provide a credit card number to hold their spot on the bus. Availability for this package is limited and reservations are only good with a $30 deposit. A seat on the bus will not be held without a deposit.

The bus will stop for lunch and bathroom breaks and will transport fans from the hotel to the game on Saturday. No alcohol will be allowed on the bus. Along with lodging, fans will also be responsible for their own game tickets, which are $10 for adults, $5 for youth/senior citizens and $3 for college students with ID. Tickets can be purchased at the stadium on gameday.

The Bulldogs will square off against the Mavericks with a berth in the Dec. 15 national championship game in McKinney, Texas, on the line. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. (ET) on Saturday at Blakeslee Stadium and the game will televised online by ESPN3 nationally with radio coverage on Sunny 97.3 FM and the Bulldog Sports Network at FerrisStateBulldogs.com.


Friday, Dec 7
6 am (EST) - Depart from SPO (Lot 47 on northwest side of Ewigleben Sports Complex - look for bus)
7 am (EST) - Stop and pick up additional riders at the Grandville Park & Ride (located at 4450 8th Ave in Grandville, MI, 49418) 
6 pm (CST) - Arrive at hotel in Mankato, MN

Saturday, Dec 8
Noon (CST) - Bus departs hotel for game at Minnesota State
2 pm (CST) - Kick-off - Ferris State vs Minnesota State
6 pm (CST) - Bus departs Mankato, MN for return trip back to Michigan
5 am (EST) - Bus drops off riders back at Grandville Park & Ride
6:15 am (EST) - Bus arrives back in Big Rapids

Game Ticket - General Admission tickets are $10 for Adults, $5 for Youth & Senior Citizens and $3 for college students w/ID
One Night Lodging - $119 plus tax per night
Bus is free compliments of Ferris State University and will depart from lot 47 on northwest side of sports complex.

Please call Ferris State Athletics at (231) 591-2862 with a credit card number. You will not be charged unless you sign up and do not show up.
The deadline to sign up is Wednesday at 5 p.m. Please inquire when you call if deadline has been extended or not.