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SPECIAL ACTIVITIES PLANNED FOR FERRIS FOOTBALL HOME OPENER

"Community, Fireworks & Health Care Night" Set For Next Saturday

A number of special activities and promotions are planned as the Ferris State University football team opens the home portion of its 100th season against the Findlay Oilers Saturday, Sept. 13, at FSU's Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids, Mich.

Blues & BBQ The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) contest, which represents FSU's initial home appearance of the 2008 season, kicks off at 7 p.m. (EDT) and is being billed as "Community, Fireworks & Health Care Night". The traditional fireworks display will take place following the game.

Additionally, Ferris' student government organization will be holding a "Blues & BBQ" event prior to the contest starting at 4 p.m. (EDT). Fans will be able to enjoy some of the area’s finest all-you-can-eat BBQ while listening to a live performance by renowned Grand Rapids blue’s artist Big Daddy and the Krewe. Over a thousand dollars in prizes will be awarded to winners of the barbeque competition with all proceeds being donated to create scholarships for students demonstrating financial need.

"This event will be a great start to an exciting year celebrating the 100th season of Ferris State football," said FSU Associate Athletics Director Jon Coles. "We're excited about the evening's activities and encourage everyone to come out and join the fun."

Bulldog Athletics will be partnering with several campus organizations and departments for "Community Health Night" activities in conjunction with the contest, which will be conducted free of charge for fans prior to the game inside the stadium.

"Community Health Night" will feature informational tables for those interested in a variety of medical areas and include screenings for things such as vision, dental, blood pressure, pulse, body mass index and various pharmacutical areas. The FSU schools of Pharmacy, Allied Health and Optometry along with the Birkam Health Center, Student Recreation Center and the Racquet and Fitness Center will be participating in the free health screenings.

Those fans at the game will also have an opportunity to view the recent renovations at Top Taggart Field, which include a new state-of-the-art Mondo Ecofill artificial playing surface. The new turf, which is the first of its kind in the state of Michigan, was part of a $1 million dollar upgrade of the facility this past summer.

Tickets for the game will be available at the gate and are $7 for adults or $5 for students (K-12), senior citizens and FSU faculty/staff. All Ferris State students with identification will be admitted free of charge as will children not yet of school age. For more information, please contact the FSU Athletics Department at (231) 591-2860.

As in the past, all FSU Gridiron Club members will be allowed to park in Lot 35 at the stadium on a first-come, first-serve basis. Those club members who have reached either the Gold or Champion membership levels ($500-plus) will have reserved parking space in the North Endzone of Top Taggart Field.

The Ferris State football team, which opened the 2008 campaign with a 14-12 non-league road win at Tiffin (Ohio) last Saturday (Aug. 30), squares off against the Ashland Eagles this Saturday (Sept. 6) in its league opener at Ashland, Ohio, prior to next Saturday's home-opening contest.

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