The No. 15 Youngstown State football team looks to start Missouri Valley Football Conference play 4-0 for just the third time in school history this Saturday against Western Illinois. Plenty of activities for Homecoming are happening around the stadium prior to the 4 p.m. kickoff. Tickets are available by calling (330) 941-1978.
Tailgating lots (M-24 and M-7) will open at 10 a.m. Beer will be on sale in both lots at that time and fans will be allowed in to start their tailgating festivities. Parking in the M-26, M-27 and decks will be available at that time.
In the M-7 Lot, the "Guys Without Ties" band will start their performance at 1 p.m.
Across from the stadium at noon, the Youngstown State soccer team will be in action against Valparaiso at Farmers National Bank Field. Admission is free.
The YSU football team will make its tailgate walk at approximately 1:45 p.m. through the M-24 Lot. Fans are encouraged to lineup and greet the team as it heads towards the stadium. Members of the YSU Marching Pride will join the walk up to Stambaugh Stadium.
The annual Homecoming parade on Fifth Avenue adjacent to Stambaugh Stadium starts at 2 p.m. Fans are reminded that Fifth Avenue will be closed from just before the parade through the end to traffic so plan accordingly.
Former Penguin and NFL player Tim Johnson will be signing autographs in the M-24 Lot in the NewsRadio 570 WKBN tent starting at 2 p.m. All proceeds ($10 donation) benefit the Penguin Club, Carmine L. Cassese Scholarship as well as Student Nonprofit Leadership Organization (SNLO).
Fans in attendance will receive a Youngstown State stadium cup courtesy Lyden Oil, 21 WFMJ and Handel's Ice Cream.
Members of the YSU baseball program will be selling merchandise near the M-24 Lot. The YSU Bookstore will be selling items at the game on the West Concourse. During the game members of the softball team will be selling 50/50 Raffle Tickets. Women's Golf team members will be selling "Y" Powerband wristbands as well.
As always, YSU students are admitted free with a valid student ID. Tickets on gameday are $19 for reserved and $15 for general admission.
ESPN3.com and the Watch ESPN App will also have coverage of the game. Click Here to Watch.
9 a.m. - Athletic Ticket Office opens
10 a.m. - Tailgate Lots (M-24 and M-7) open | Parking available in M-26/M-27
Noon - Soccer vs. Valparaiso at Farmers National Bank Field (free admission)
1 p.m. - Lead Belly Boys Band Performance (M-7) Lot
1:40-1:45 p.m. - YSU Football "Team Walk" Through M-24 Tailgate Lot
2 p.m. - Tim Johnson Autograph Signing in M-24 Tailgate Lot (WKBN Tent)
2 p.m. - Annual Homecoming Parade along Fifth Avenue
2:30 p.m. - Stambaugh Stadium Gates Open
2:30 p.m. - Alumni Dinner in Stambaugh Stadium Gym C
2:30 p.m. - North/South/East Side Ticket Booths Open/Handicap Parking Available behind East Stands
3 p.m. - 570 WKBN YSU/Pizza Hut Tailgate Show Live from M-24 Lot
3 p.m. - Mosure Hall of Gridiron Glory Opens
3:45 p.m. - YSU Marching Pride Pregame Show
4 p.m. - Tailgate Lot Closes
4:05 p.m. - YSU vs. Western Illinois
Halftime: YSU Marching Pride, Homecoming King and Queen Announecement
Postgame: Fifth-Quarter Call-in Radio Show on 570 WKBN
Game rebroadcast televised on MyYTV live at 10 o'clock Saturday on Channel 13 and 108 on Armstrong Cable and Channel 247 on Time Warner Cable and again at noon on Sunday.
On Instgram and Twitter fans are encouraged to use #GoGuins when posting photos, videos or tweets. If you need assistance in the tailgate lot contact YSU police @YSUpolice on twitter.