The Youngstown State University Department of Athletics, in conjunction with University Police and Parking Services, are announcing several parking and gameday reminders for this Saturday's home football game against UNI.
The fourth-ranked Penguins (3-0) play host to No. 8 Northern Iowa in the nation's premier FCS match-up this weekend. The game kicks off at 7:05 p.m. and can be heard live on 570 WKBN.
Three tailgate lots will be utilized for the game this week with fans in the M-24, M-7 and M-26 lots. All tailgate lots will open at 1 p.m. The M-26 tailgate lot has limited spaces remaining and those permits will be sold through the Athletic Ticket Office this week for $15. Permits for the M-24 and M-7 lots are sold out.
"We encourage fans to come early this week and be enthusiastic for what is going to be a great atmosphere," Ron Strollo, Executive Director of Athletics said. "We anticipate a large contingent of tailgaters and ask our loyal supporters to observe the rules, particularly the one-spot-per-permit guideline in all the lots for the maximum satisfaction of our guests."
Parking will be available in the M-1 deck located on Wick Avenue, the M-2 deck located on Lincoln Avenue and the M-26 lot located off of Fifth Avenue. In addition, there are additional surface lots that will be available throughout campus. There will be shuttle service running from the M-1 deck 90 minutes prior to kick-off and again following the game.
Fans requiring handicap parking may do so off of the Service Road behind the East stands beginning at 5:30 p.m. and ending at 6:45 p.m. Handicap parking will also be available in the M-1 deck, with the shuttle service to the stadium.
All fans attending Saturday's game will receive a YSU football keychain. State Farm will sponsor the annual Kids Day Tailgate activities from 4-7 p.m. in the M-7 lot at the corner of Lincoln and Fifth Avenues. Games and activities will take place for children prior to the game. In the M-24 Lot, the popular "Taste of Italy" presented by Gia Russa returns once again.
Individual game and group tickets remain available for the contest. The YSU Athletic Ticket Office is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and open at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Fans are reminded that prices on gameday are slightly higher than tickets purchased prior to gameday.
The stadium gates will open at 5:30 p.m. Fans can call 330-941-1YSU for more information or log onto YSUsports.com.
The Athletic Department is asking fans to spread the word on Facebook to Wear Red and BE AS LOUD as possible during Saturday night's game, which is the 200th game in Stambaugh Stadium history.
On Twitter, use the hastag #BeatUNI this week to show your support for the Penguins as they go for their best start to a season since 2000.