WKU Football practiced on Thursday afternoon at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium as the Hilltoppers continue preparations for the 2013 season and the season opener against Kentucky on Aug. 31.
Following practice, defensive back Jonathan Dowling and defensive coordinator Nick Holt talked about the progress of the defense and preparing for Kentucky. Full video of those interviews can be found at the bottom of the page.
TICKET INFORMATION:Season tickets, single-game tickets and tickets for the opener in Nashville are on sale now through WKUSports.com, by visiting the WKU Ticket Office in E.A. Diddle Arena or by calling 1-800-5 BIG RED. WKU opens the 2013 season on Saturday, Aug. 31 when the Hilltoppers face Kentucky at LP Field in Nashville at 6:00 p.m. CT
Tickets can be purchased through the WKU Ticket Office in E.A. Diddle Arena in person, by phone at 1-800-5-BIG-RED or online via www.wkusports.com.
Tickets for the Kentucky game are priced at $67 for club level, $47 for lower level sideline, $32 for upper sideline and $22 for upper corner seats for the Kentucky game. Parking passes for this game may be ordered through Ticketmaster.com or through the WKU Ticket Office. The first 4,000 WKU students at the game on August 31 with a valid ID will receive a free ticket to the game. After 4,000, student tickets will be $13.
NEW NFL BAG POLICY TO BE IN EFFECT FOR OPENER AT LP FIELD:New NFL bag policies will be in effect when WKU takes the field against UK in the season opener at LP Field in Nashville. The new policy affects restrictions on the size of bags that are permitted into LP Field -- not the items that you normally need to bring to a game. Each fan may carry in their pocket items such as keys, makeup, combs, phones, wallets, and credit cards, and may also continue to carry a blanket or jacket into the stadium.
LP Field security strongly encourages fans to not bring any type of bags into the stadium. However, certain bags are permissible and those exceptions are listed below. Fans will be able to carry the following style and size bag, package, or container at stadium plaza areas, stadium gates, or when approaching queue lines of fans awaiting entry into the stadium:
Fans may carry in a small clutch bag or purse approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap. • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" by 6" and 12" or • A one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar). • An exception will be made for medically necessary items, including seat cushions, after proper inspection at Gates 1, 5 & 7 designated for this purpose. • Diapers and wipes must be carried in a clear bag. Each member of a family, including children, will be able to carry an approved clear bag and a clutch purse, providing ample storage capacity.
Complete information on the new bag policies is available at the following site: http://www.titansonline.com/stadium/carry-in_policy.html.
COLLEGE COLORS DAY SPIRIT CUP CONTINUES:Western Kentucky University is participating in the second annual College Colors Day spirit competition and is asking for fan support to help win the national Spirit Cup award, which includes $10,000 toward the general scholarship fund. By visiting facebook.com/collegecolorsday, Hilltopper fans can register to vote for WKU as the school with the most college spirit and loyal fan base. After placing a vote, fans will have the opportunity to win prizes and discounts through an instant win game, view and submit photos to the College Colors Day fan photo gallery, and download a custom Facebook cover photo promoting WKU for College Colors Day.
The Facebook-based rivalry competition, which includes more than 160 participating colleges and universities and is an element of this year's 2013 College Colors Day celebration, kicks off Monday, August 12 and runs through 11:59 PM EST on Thursday, August 29. Fans can vote once each day and can check who is winning the competition nationally and within each conference. The winner will be announced on College Colors Day on Friday, August 30.
In addition, several local retailers have announced that they will participate in offering a 10 percent discount on College Colors Day. The list can be found online at www.wkusports.com.
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Upcoming WKU Football Calendar of Events
August 26 - First Monday Press Conference of 2013 Season with Bobby Petrino and Student-Athletes at 1:30 p.m. CT
August 30 - College Colors Day
August 31 - WKU vs. Kentucky at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. at 6:00 p.m. CT