Plenty of activities will be part of Saturday's Youngstown State football Missouri Valley Football Conference opener against Illinois State at Stambaugh Stadium. Kickoff starts at 4 p.m. with tailgate lots opening at 10 a.m. For tickets call (330) 941-1978.
The tailgate lots and YSU Athletic Ticket Office are set to open at 10 a.m. on Saturday. A special reminder to fans that all general admission tickets are $5 for the contest against the Redbirds.
Saturday's pregame tailgate fun begins at 1 p.m. In the M-7 Tailgate Lot, children of all ages can participate in State Farm Kids Day. Also in the M-7 Lot, the popular House Band will kick off the day on a loud note.
Also set for pregame tailgating is the annual "A Taste of Italy" by Gia Russa which will be in the M-24 Lot.
The YSU football team will have its tailgate walk at approximately 1:40 p.m. through the M-24 Lot. Fans are encouraged to lineup and greet the team as they head towards the stadium.
Fans can stop by the Penguin Club Hospitality Tent starting at 2 p.m. to learn more information about the organization and pick up giveaways.
At 2:45 p.m., the YSU Marching Pride will be conducting its Ice Breakers event on the grass near the Andrews Wellness and Recreation Center to get fans in full gameday mode.
Fans attending Saturday's game will receive a free Pete & Penny's Activity Book giveaway courtesy of State Farm, MyYTV and Captain McFinn.
Saturday's Schedule vs. Illinois State
9 a.m. - Athletic Ticket Office opens
10 a.m. - Tailgate Lots (M-24 and M-7) open
1 p.m. -- House Band in M-7 Tailgate Lot
1 p.m. -- State Farm Kids Day in M-7 Tailgate Lot
1:40 p.m. - YSU Football "Team Walk" Through M-24 Tailgate Lot
2 p.m. -- Penguin Club Tent at Armed Forces Blvd. opens
2:30 p.m. - Stambaugh Stadium Gates Open
2:30 p.m. - North/South/East Side Ticket Booths Open/Handicap Parking Available behind East Stands/Shuttle Service Available
2:45 p.m. -- YSU Marching Pride Icebreakers and Champion Band
3 p.m. - Mosure Hall of Gridiron Glory Opens
3 p.m. -- 570 WKBN YSU/Pizza Hut Tailgate Show Live from M-24 Lot
3:40 p.m. - YSU Marching Pride Pregame Show
3:50 p.m. - Tailgate Lot Closes
4 p.m. - Kickoff
Halftime - YSU Marching Pride, Champion High School Marching Band
Postgame: Fifth-Quarter Call-in Radio Show on 570 WKBN
Game Replay on MyYTV at 8 p.m. on Saturday and Noon on Sunday (Channel 13 and 108 on Armstrong Cable and Channel 247 on Time Warner Cable)