October 6, 2009

Bulldog Football "Homecoming" This Saturday!

The Ferris State University football team returns home to host the Indianapolis Greyhounds in their annual "Homecoming" contest this Saturday (Oct. 10) afternoon at FSU's Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids, Mich.  Kickoff for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) game is set for 2 p.m. (EDT).

In addition to the game, a bean bag toss tournament is planned for 11 a.m. (ET) and the contest will also include in-game promotions such as the Birkam Football giveaway, Patterson's Bulldog Sweetheart of the Game and Synder's Certificates. Big Rapids Furniture will be the official gameday sponsor.

Additionally, "The Bulldog Challenge" kids area and "Puppy Pound" will also be set up on the north side of Top Taggart Field and be part of the day's activities.  The kids area will be sponsored by Sgt. Shawn Fries and the National Guard and feature such things as a mechanical rock wall, inflatable obstacle course and throwing contests. There will also be a skydiving simulator sponsored by the FSU Alumni Association.

Tickets for the game can be purchased at the stadium or for more information, please contact the FSU Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888. FSU tickets can also be bought online at www.starticketsplus.com. Tickets are $7 adults or $5 students (K-12), senior citizens and FSU faculty/staff. Ferris students with ID will be admitted free as will children not yet of school age.

A number of special activities and events highlight Ferris' 2009 homecoming slate.  In addition to the football game, several other Bulldog teams will also compete at home on Friday and Saturday, including the volleyball, women's soccer and women's tennis squads.  Various student events will take place all week highlighted by the traditional bonfire on Thursday (Oct. 8) night at 8 p.m. (EDT). 

The Homecoming slate also includes alumni reunions for several campus organizations and groups on both Friday and Saturday.  The annual parade will be held in downtown Big Rapids on Saturday starting at 12 p.m. (EDT) prior to the game and the all-student, all-alumni dance reception will take place that evening at 8 p.m. (EDT) at the Big Rapids Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center. 

The Bulldogs own a 16-11-1 all-time series' lead agains the Greyhounds and won last year's meeting (10/11/08) by a 31-24 count at Indianapolis, Ind.  In the last meeting at Top Taggart Field during the 2005 (9/17) season, the Greyhounds pulled out a 7-3 win in Big Rapids. The two teams split the six series' meetings held from 2000 to 2005.  This year will represent the first time the two teams have played on homecoming.

Saturday's game will also be carried live locally by WYBR (102.3 FM) with Jason DaDay handling the play-by-play duties.  A live video and audio webcast will be available through B2 Networks for a charge of $7 on FSU's Athletics Website at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com (Click on B2 Networks icon) and live internet statistics will also be offered.

Please visit the link below for the Ferris Homecoming Website:
http://www.ferris.edu/alumni/Homecoming/

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