Big Rapids, Mich. - With less than 48 hours remaining until kickoff time, Ferris State University has announced ticket demand remains high and the Bulldogs are closing in on a potential near-capacity crowd for this Saturday's (Nov. 9) nationally-televised Anchor-Bone Classic showdown between the second-ranked Bulldogs and 14th-ranked Grand Valley State at Top Taggart Field.
Based on initial advance sales to date and a large FSU student turnout expected, limited tickets remain for the gridiron tilt and fans are encouraged to purchase as soon as possible and arrive early on Saturday. Extra bleacher seating has been added to help accommodate the large crowd expected.
The Bulldogs and the Lakers will kickoff at 12:07 p.m. (ET) for the nationally-televised contest live on Fox Sports Detroit as part of "Football Week In Michigan."
Those without tickets can still purchase in advance but are encouraged to buy now while tickets remain thru the FSU Athletics Ticket Office located inside the Ewigleben Sports Complex. The ticket office will be open Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or fans can call (231) 591-2888 for additional information.
Online ticket sales thru StarTickets.com will be available until Friday morning only at 10 a.m. (ET) for those wishing to purchase online. Fans are then encouraged to arrive early on Saturday to avoid potential long lines at the will-call pickup window the morning of the game.
Tailgate lots on Saturday will open at 8 a.m. (ET) with the Wheeler Pavilion Gameday Ticket Office opening up early at 9 a.m. (ET) for those needing to pick up tickets at will-call or those looking to walk-up and purchase tickets if they are still available.
Game tickets for the premium game are are $18 for all adults along with $10 for students age 5-17. Ferris State students will be admitted free with a valid ID card until capacity is reached and must enter thru the Southwest gate at Top Taggart Field.
For additional ticket information, please visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com or call (231) 591-2888.
Fans are invited to a special pregame football tailgate event on Saturday prior to the Anchor-Bone Classic rivalry game. The pregame tailgate spread will run from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday morning prior to the noon kickoff. The tailgate event, hosted by FOX Sports Detroit and Ferris State Athletics in Lot 35, has a cash-only $5 entry fee, which includes food and drink (brats, Detroit Coney dogs, Bulldog beans, potato salad, homemade chips, water, coffee and hot chocolate). Beer will also be included for those 21 and older with proof of ID, while it lasts. Children under the age of 10 will be admitted free.
During the tailgate event, Fox Sports Detroit will be on site with former Detroit Lions players Herman Moore and Joique Bell, a photo booth, great giveaways and the "Football Week In Michigan" bus. The tailgate will also feature music, merchandise and Ferris State's three Harlon Hill Trophies.
Parking in lots near Top Taggart Field will be $10 per available car or $25 per oversized vehicle (bus, motor coach, motorhome, trailer, etc.) on a first-come, first-served basis.
The game will be presented by the Schuberg Insurance Agency and Auto Owners Insurance and will have major conference and postseason implications. Currently, the 9-0 Bulldogs have claimed at least a share of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championship and can win the outright league crown with a victory. Meanwhile, GVSU (8-1) can stay in the mix for at least a share of the title with a win on Saturday. FSU is ranked first in Super Region Three with the Lakers now sixth and the top seven teams at the end of the year earn D2 playoff berths.