HOMECOMING SCHEDULE: Penguins vs. Southern Illinois | Oct. 18

YSU Football takes the field.
YSU Football takes the field.

The Youngstown State football team plays its 74th annual Homecoming contest this Saturday as the Penguins take on Southern Illinois. Kickoff for the contest between YSU and the Salukis is set for 4 p.m.

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.

The first event of the day is at the Beeghly Center Natatorium where the YSU swimming and diving team takes on Niagara at 11 a.m. There is no admission fee for the event.

At 1 p.m., the action picks up in the Rulli Bros M-7 Tailgate lot. The Guys Without Ties Band is set to play from one o'clock until the lot closes.

The YSU football team will make its tailgate walk at approximately 1:35 p.m. through the M-24 Lot. Fans are encouraged to lineup and greet the team as it heads towards the stadium. 

Following the team walk, the annual Homecoming Parade will march up Fifth Avenue toward the stadium at 2 p.m. Fans are reminded that Fifth Avenue is closed for the duration of the parade.

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. The program will be accepting credit cards for purchases. The women's golf team will be selling YSU "Y" Powerband wristbands and magnets as well.

All fans attending the game will receive a red Stadium Cup courtesy of 21 WFMJ, Handel's Ice Cream and the Lyden Oil Company.

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. The YSU Athletic Ticket Office is open until 6 p.m. on Friday.

For those individuals who cannot make Saturday's game can follow the game via LIVE STATS | LIVE AUDIO | LIVE VIDEO. Video is available for $11.95 while stats and audio are free. The contest is also available on ESPN3 throughout the country. Click here for ESPN3 Broadcast.

Saturday's Schedule

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
11 a.m. - YSU Swimming and Diving vs. Niagara
1 p.m. -  Guys Without Ties (M-7 Rulli Bros Tailgate Lot)
1:35-1:40 p.m. - YSU Football "Team Walk" Through M-24 Tailgate Lot
2 p.m. - Homecoming Parade (Fifth Avenue)
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"
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. Southern Illinois

End of First Quarter: YSU Homecoming Committee recognition

Halftime: YSU Marching Pride, Homecoming King and Queen Announcement

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.