For the first time in 2014, the Youngstown State football team takes the Stambaugh Stadium turf to play in front of their home fans against Duquesne on Saturday. Kickoff for the contest between the Penguins and Dukes is set for 4 p.m., but the fun starts long before the game starts.
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 for $5. A limited number of M-7 Parking permits will be available at the booth upon entering the lot.
At 1 p.m. the action picks up in the Rulli Bros M-7 Tailgate lot. The Lead Belly Boys Band is set to play from one o'clock until the lot closes at 4 p.m. Also, the first of three State Farm Kids Days will begin in the lot at 1 p.m.
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 across Fifth Avenue, through the M-24 Lot, and then back over to Stambaugh Stadium.
Members of the YSU baseball program will be selling merchandise near the M-24 Lot and then at the game on the West Stands Concourse. For the first time, the program will be accepting credit cards for purchases. The women's golf team will be selling YSU "Y" Powerband wristbands as well.
All fans attending the game will receive a schedule magnet courtesy of WKBN 27 First News, State Farm and Talmer Bank.
During the game members of the softball team will be selling 50/50 Raffle Tickets.
As always, YSU students are admitted free with a valid student ID with sweet seating on the East Side stands. Tickets on gameday are $19 for reserved seats and $15 for general admission.
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
1 p.m. - State Farm Kids Day (M-7 Rulli Bros Tailgate Lot)
1 p.m. - Lead Belly Boys (M-7 Rulli Bros Tailgate Lot)
1:40-1:45 p.m. - YSU Football "Team Walk" Through M-24 Tailgate Lot
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
2:30 p.m. - YSU Alumni Dinner "Gym C"
2:45 p.m. - YSU Marching Pride "Icebreakers"
3 p.m. - 570 WKBN YSU/Pizza Hut Tailgate Show Live from M-24 Lot
3 p.m. - Mosure Hall of Gridiron Glory Opens on Concourse Level
3:45 p.m. - YSU Marching Pride Pregame Show
4 p.m. - Tailgate Lot Closes
4:05 p.m. - YSU vs. Duquesne
End of First Quarter: Outdoor Men's Track and Field team honored
Halftime: YSU Marching Pride, East Palestine High School Band
Postgame: Fifth-Quarter Call-in Radio Show on 570 WKBN
Game rebroadcast televised on MyYTV at 9 p.m. on Saturday and again at noon on Sunday on Channel 13 and 108 on Armstrong Cable and Channel 247 on Time Warner Cable.
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 or call (330) 941-3527.
Fan Services and credit card sales are available on at the YSU Athletic Ticket Office inside Stambaugh Stadium. Visiting team will call is located behind the East stands.