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Big Rapids, Mich. - One of West Michigan's greatest rivalries returns to Big Rapids this Saturday (Oct. 12) night as the Ferris State University football team hosts Grand Valley State in the Anchor-Bone Classic at Top Taggart Field.
A large crowd is expected for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) contest, which kicks off at 7 p.m. (ET) under the lights in Big Rapids. Fans are encouraged to "arrive early, cheer loud and wear red!".
In an effort to help accomodate the large crowd and ease traffic congestion, stadium parking lots will open for tailgating starting at 4 p.m. (ET). Tailgating will be permitted only in lots 2, 35, 36 and 37 to the west and northeast sides of the stadium.
Tickets for Saturday's game are on sale now and can be bought online at StarTickets.com, by calling (800) 585-3737, or in person thru the FSU Athletics Ticket Office located inside the Ewigleben Sports Complex. The ticket office is open today thru Friday from 9 a.m. (ET) to 5 p.m. (ET) with extended hours on Wednesday until 7 p.m. (ET).
The Wheeler Pavilion Gameday Ticket Office will also open early on Saturday starting at 12 p.m. (ET) with the gates to the stadium opening at 5:30 p.m. (ET). For more information on ticket sales, please call (231) 591-2888 or visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com.
Football tickets in advance for Saturday's premium game are only $12 for adults, senior citizens (ages 65+) and FSU faculty/staff along with $8 for students. Prices go up to $15 for adults, senior citizens and faculty/staff on gameday along with $10 for students. Ferris students with ID will be admitted free by showing their student identification cards.
Parking in lots near Top Taggart Field is $5 per available space on a first-come, first-served basis. As a convenience to fans, credit cards will also be accepted at the ticket window along with the concession stand.
The Anchor Bone Trophy, which is sponsored by Huntington Bank, is awarded annually to the winner of the Ferris State-Grand Valley State football game. The trophy debuted in 2002 and FSU took possession of the trophy following an impressive 40-24 triumph a year ago in Allendale, which represented the Bulldogs' first win over the Lakers since 1999 and came in the debut season for head coach Tony Annese.
The Bulldogs currently own a 3-2 overall record and are 3-1 in the GLIAC heading into Saturday's tilt. Meanwhile, Grand Valley State is 4-1 overall and 2-1 in league action.
Currently, the Lakers are ranked 24th this week in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II Top 25 poll with the Bulldogs listed among others receiving votes. FSU is coming off a close 31-28 home loss to Saginaw Valley State this past Saturday while the Lakers beat Michigan Tech 49-3 at home in Allendale. Ferris State had been ranked as high as 12th nationally in the CompughterRatings.com poll prior to Saturday's setback.
GVSU holds a 27-13-1 all-time series' advantage entering Saturday's showdown and had won 11 consecutive meetings between the two schools prior to last year's Bulldog victory. The Lakers will be making their first trip to Big Rapids since posting a 41-0 triumph in 2010, which came on the heels of a narrow 17-10 win over the Bulldogs at Top Taggart Field in 2009.
The FSU-GVSU football game will be broadcast live locally by the Bulldog Sports Network and Sunny 97.3 FM with Rob Bentley handling the play-by-play duties and Sandy Gholston offering color commentary. A live high-definition video and audio webcast complete with internet statistics will be available through FSU's all-access video portal for a charge of $7.95 at FerrisStateBulldogs.com.
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