WKU head coach Bobby Petrino held his first weekly press conference of the 2013 season on Monday in the Paul Just Media Center in E.A. Diddle Arena to preview the Hilltoppers' upcoming matchup with Kentucky. The Hilltoppers and Wildcats kickoff the 2013 season on Saturday at LP Field in Nashville at 6:00 p.m. CT.
"I thought we had a good camp," said Petrino. "Our players worked extremely hard. I thought our coaches did a good job in our plan for it. We got alot introduced last week and we kind of cut back on things to focus on what we are going to try and execute in the first game. It's certainly that time of year where you are ready to play a game. We're kind of tired of seeing each other and hitting each other. It's time to play a game.
"I'm looking forward to the week of preparation. It's always a fun time for me. I love going through the process and how we introduce what our schemes are and how we go out and practice it. That's one of the fun things about football for me and our staff. I'm excited about our football team. I think we've done a lot of good things. We have a lot of improvement in front of us but we'll line up Saturday night and see where we are at."
Petrino brings an 8-0 record in season openers into Saturday's game and has been superb in games where his team had extra time to prepare. During his collegiate coaching career, his teams are 27-8 when having more than one week to prepare for a game.
TICKET INFORMATION: The game between Kentucky and WKU is not a sell out, but all ticket sales for the opening game of the season are now only available through Ticketmaster. Fans can order tickets for the game by visiting www.ticketmaster.com or visiting a Ticketmaster location. Previously, tickets were available through both schools, but all sales have now transitioned exclusively to Ticketmaster locations. Ticket prices vary and are subject to availability.
On game day, tickets will be also be available for purchase at LP Field at Gate 1 beginning at 3:00 p.m. CT on Saturday.. This is also the location for all will call pickups that were placed through Ticketmaster.
The first 4,000 WKU students at the game on August 31 with a valid student ID will receive a free ticket to the game. After the first 4,000 students, student tickets will be available for purchase at $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.
TICKET INFORMATION: This game is not a sell out, but all ticket sales for the opening game of the season are now only available through Ticketmaster. Fans can order tickets for the game by visiting www.ticketmaster.com or visiting a Ticketmaster location. Previously, tickets were available through both schools, but all sales have now transitioned exclusively to Ticketmaster locations. Ticket prices vary and are subject to availability. On game day, tickets will be also be available for purchase at LP Field at Gate 1 beginning at 3:00 p.m. CT on Saturday.. This is also the location for all will call pickups that were placed through Ticketmaster. The first 4,000 WKU students at the game on August 31 with a valid student ID will receive a free ticket to the game. After the first 4,000 students, student tickets will be available for purchase at $13. WKU's will call gate will be located at gate 8 and will open at 3:00 p.m. Player guest, recruit and student tickets will be able to check in starting at 4:00 p.m. at gate 8. UK's will call gate is located at gate 9.
PARKING LOTS TO OPEN AT NOON IN NASHVILLE: Parking lots will be available for tailgating beginning at noon CT. Multiple lots will be available for parking on a cash only basis on gameday near the stadium, but not overnight parking will be allowed. Gates to enter the game open at 4:00 p.m. CT.
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 30 - College Colors Day
August 31 - WKU vs. Kentucky at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. at 6:00 p.m. CT