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Big Rapids, Mich. - A number of special promotional events and activities are planned once again by Ferris State University Athletics for the 2010 football campaign as the Bulldogs embark on their 102nd season of varsity action with five home games this fall at Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids, Mich.
The schedule features a pair of night games during the opening month of the season on the Mondo Ecofill artificial-playing surface at Top Taggart Field. Additionally, FSU's home slate features matchups against two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) teams (Saginaw Valley State and Grand Valley State) which reached the NCAA Division II Playoffs a year ago.
The Bulldogs' 2010 schedule features alternating home and away games throughout the year as FSU will not play consecutive contests either at home or on the road at any point during the campaign.
"We're excited about this year's home schedule and the number of special events we have planned in conjunction with Bulldog football for this fall," said FSU Associate Athletics Director Jon Coles. "We look forward to everyone coming out to support our team and being a part of the exciting gameday atmosphere we are trying to create."
The Bulldogs will kick off their 2010 home schedule in week two against Saginaw Valley State under the lights at Top Taggart Field. Kickoff has been changed to 6 p.m. (EDT) for the "Honoring American Heroes Day" contest.
As part of the activities for the home opener, FSU will honor those who serve our country 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 day's activities will begin with a high school contest between Big Rapids and White Cloud at 1 p.m. (EDT) followed by a Red, White and Blues event sponsored by FSU Student Government between games. After the FSU-SVSU contest, a concert will take place inside the stadium at approximately 9 p.m. (EDT) with the annual postgame fireworks display following at 9:45 p.m.
The Bulldogs' next home outing comes on Sept. 25 as FSU squares off against Tiffin for the third time in series' history and celebrates "Kids Night". FSU's lone win of the 2009 campaign came in the season opener against the Dragons in Big Rapids. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. (EST) and the contest will represent the first-ever GLIAC contest between the two programs as they played non-league games against each other the last two seasons.
"Kids Night" activities will feature such things as a bounce house, games, prizes and the popular Slip 'n Slide at halftime, weather permitting. All local youth rocket football players from Big Rapids, Reed City, Chippewa Hills and Morley-Stanwood will receive free admission with a paid adult.
The Bulldogs next host Findlay in their following home tilt on Oct. 9 and the contest will represent FSU's 84th annual "Homecoming" contest with a 2 p.m. (EST) starting time scheduled for the contest.
After another week on the road, FSU returns home to take on defending GLIAC champion and perennial national power Grand Valley State in its fourth home contest on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m. (EDT) in Big Rapids. The league matchup will represent the 39th meeting in the all-time series between the West Michigan archrivals with the game's winner being presented with the ninth annual Anchor Bone Trophy sponsored by Huntington Bank. Grand Valley State concluded the 2009 season as the national runner-up, but the then top-ranked Lakers narrowly escaped Big Rapids last fall with a 17-10 victory over the Bulldogs in week four of the season.
As part of the FSU-GVSU game, the Bulldogs will take part in "Paint Big Rapids Pink", a community-wide initiative to help support breast cancer research in collaboration with the Susan P. Wheatlake Women's Cancer & Wellness Fund.
FSU will play its final home game of the year on Nov. 6 as the Bulldogs battle Michigan Tech at Top Taggart Field with kickoff for the "Senior Day" encounter also set for 2 p.m. (EST). The Bulldogs will also hold FSU "Parents Appreciation Day" in conjunction with the home finale as parents of all current Ferris State students are admitted free.
Tickets for all home games in 2010 will be available at the stadium prior to kickoff.
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