BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Homecoming on the Hill and a matchup of two undefeated football teams brings plenty of excitement to campus this weekend, and WKU Athletics has prepared information for fans on how to make sure not to miss a minute of the action on Saturday.
All gates to the stadium will open two hours prior to kickoff, at 1:00 PM, rather than the usual 90 minutes prior.
Fans can attend the Topper Walk and cheer on the entire WKU football team as it enters the stadium at 12:30 PM. Topper Walk starts on Avenue of Champions across from PS1, where the team buses will drop off the players and coaches so they can walk by fans and along with WKU cheerleaders, Topperettes, the marching band and Big Red and into the stadium.
"Topper Town," a kids play area featuring inflatables and activities for children of all ages, will open at 12:00 PM and is free for the entire family. It is located in the heart of campus on the lawn of Bates Runner Hall off Avenue of Champions.
The best options for pre-game tailgating and picnicking for those without season tailgate passes will be the lawn in front of McCormack Hall off of College Heights Boulevard. The other gameday tailgating and picknicking lots are unavailable due to space needed for Homecoming.
The use of the gameday, non-reserved tailgating and picnicking area at McCormack Hall costs $20 upon entry and is available as space remains. Point-of-sale for the McCormack Hall area is at the top of the Hill at Colonnade Drive.
Fans arriving on campus as gametime approaches will be best served to park free of charge in the Adams Street lot across from the Kentucky Building or the Creason Street lot near the WKU Softball and Soccer Complexes.
Avenue of Champions from College Heights Boulevard at Colonnade Drive down the Hill to University Boulevard will close to traffic except for parking permit holders and gameday sales beginning at 8:30 AM.
Tickets for Saturday's game are still available and can be purchased by calling the WKU Ticket Office at 1-800-5-BIG RED or 745-5222 locally or online at WKUSports.com. The WKU Ticket Office will remain open until 5:30 PM on Thursday and Friday evenings.
All ticket booths and will call areas will open at 11:00 AM on Saturday at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.
Students in grades K-8 who bring their report card with an 'A' to the WKU Ticket Office before 5:30 PM on Friday will receive a free ticket as a part of "Bring Your 'A' Game" Day. Family and friends of the student can purchase unlimited $10 tickets.
It is also Faith and Family Day at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Church groups can purchase unlimited $10 tickets.