Big Rapids, Mich. - One change was recently made to this
Saturday's (Sept. 11) "Honoring American Heroes" Day activities at
Ferris State University's Top Taggart Field.
The originally-scheduled high school football game between Big Rapids and White Cloud, which was slated to begin at 1 p.m. (ET), has been cancelled. The visiting team (White Cloud) was forced to forfeit the contest due to a lack of participation numbers and BRHS was not able to find a replacement opponent for the opening game of the twinbill.
The cancellation means the day's events will not officially begin until 3 p.m. (EDT) when the Red, White & Blues Tailgate featuring Big Daddy Fox gets underway outside the stadium. It will be sponsored by FSU Student Government. A special FSU jersey and apparel sale will also be held before game time.
The Bulldogs' 2010 home football opener versus nationally-ranked Saginaw Valley State kicks off at 6 p.m. (EDT) and also serves as FSU's first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) outing of the season.
After the game, well-known country singer Michael Peterson will take the field for a special evening concert at approximately 9 p.m. (ET).
The annual postgame fireworks display will conclude the activities around 9:45 p.m. (ET). This year's fireworks sponsors include B-Tan, Dental Health Care Associates, FSU Dining Services, Michigan College of Optometry, Rogers Jewelers, Holiday Inn, FSU Athletics and Y102 Radio.
As part of the activities for the home opener, FSU will honor those who serve our country and put their lives on the line with all first responders such as police, ambulance, firefighters earning free admission along with all veterans and current military members. One dollar of each ticket sold will support the FSU Veterans Student Organization.
The Ferris Veterans Association will also be selling a commemorative coin for the "Honoring American Heroes Day" event. The coins will be sold at the stadium for $10 each.
Additionally, the U.S. Army will have several vehicles on display inside Top Taggart Field during the day, including a Multiple Exhibit Vehicle (MEV) or H3. The unit is eqiupped with a custon audio-visual system, which includes LCD screen, monitors, audio equipment, live camera and X-Box gaming sytem.
Tickets will be available at the gate or for more information, contact the FSU Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888. They 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.
Ferris and Saginaw Valley State will meet for the 36th-straight year dating back to 1975 as the two schools have faced either other every season without interruption since the series' originally began. FSU holds an 18-16-1 all-time edge counting two forfeit victories.