The WKU football team faces Navy at 1 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 28) at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. The kickoff time is different from many printed materials as the game time was altered in accordance with the Sun Belt Conference’s television agreements with ESPN. The game will air on ESPNews and the Hilltopper IMG Radio Network.
- Saturday’s game will be the third meeting between the two schools with the Midshipmen holding a 2-0 advantage. Navy defeated WKU 38-22 in Annapolis in 2009 and 40-14 in Bowling Green in 2011.
- For information about the game, check out the 2013 WKU Football Gameday Central page on WKUSports.com for game notes, rosters, media guides, stats, video, audio, social media updates and more.
- Tickets are on sale through WKUSports.com, by visiting the WKU Ticket Office in E.A. Diddle Arena or by calling 1-800-5BIGRED. The rest of the 2013 home schedule: Louisiana-Lafayette (7 p.m. Oct. 15); Troy (3 p.m. Oct. 26) and Arkansas State (3 p.m. Nov. 30). The Hilltopper 2 Pack is also available, featuring a two-game flex pack for $40 that includes a certificate for $10 in free concessions.
- Ticket windows will open at 10 a.m. CT Saturday at the stadium for single-game sales.
Military Appreciation Day
- Saturday’s game is Military Appreciation Day at WKU. All military personnel and veterans may show a military ID or badge and receive unlimited $12 tickets to the game. In addition, the first 1,000 students through the student entrance will receive a free pair of WKU sunglasses, courtesy of HRL, and the first 10,000 fans through the gate will receive a complimentary handheld American flag.
- WKU Athletics and the Student Activities office are partnering with Soldier Support of Bowling Green to collect care package items for deployed soldiers. Donation boxes will be set up at the entrances to the stadium on Saturday prior to the game with Navy. Collections will be accepted until the end of the first quarter. Toiletries, non-perishable food items, travel-sized games and more will be accepted.
1963 Hilltopper reunion
- The game also features the 50th anniversary reunion of the 1963 WKU Football squad. The team will be honored in a halftime ceremony. The only undefeated football team in school history (10-0-1 overall and 7-0-0 Ohio Valley Conference champions), the 1963 team capped off the season with a 27-0 victory over the Coast Guard Academy, coached by pro football great Otto Graham, in the top “small college” bowl game of the time — the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Fla., (now known as the Capital One Bowl).
- Tailgating festivities begin at 8 a.m.; for a detailed tailgating map, click here. WKU will offer more 30 different areas for tailgating and picnicking all located within half of a mile of the stadium, most of which are available all day on gameday with no cost to enter, and approximately 4,500 free parking spaces including approximately 500 in Parking Structure 1.
- Game-by-game tailgating sales have been eliminated for the 2013 season. Areas in the heart of campus at McLean Hall, “The Valley,” Bates-Runner Hall and the Service Supply Building lawn become free, first-come first-serve tailgating areas. WKU Athletics reserves the right to close grass tailgating areas due to inclement weather. Tailgating areas close 30 minutes prior to kickoff, and the parking spaces will be lined for easy parking.
- Fans may utilize other grass and lawn areas throughout campus to picnic and for other non-tailgating activities. Those utilizing the lawns on gameday may set up tents six hours and 30 minutes prior to kickoff, and all areas will be closed 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Pop-up tents, grills and coolers are permissible, and loading and unloading zones are located throughout campus and available on a temporary basis for those wishing to unload items on the lawns where parking is not permitted. Read more about 2013 tailgating plans.
- The WKU Alumni Association will host Opening Act, sponsored by US Bank, at the Augenstein Alumni Center at 292 Alumni Ave. The building will be open at 9:30 a.m. and will close at 12:30 p.m. All alumni and fans are invited to tailgate on the lawn and enjoy the new facility.
- Returning to The Hill this fall in a new location is TopperTown, a kids play area featuring inflatables, balloon artistry, face painting and games for kids of all ages. TopperTown opens three hours prior to kickoff and is free for the entire family, and it is located in front of Parking Structure 2 on the campus side, directly across Avenue of Champions from the Downing Student Union.
- Fans can experience TopperWalk, also in a new location, and cheer on the entire WKU football team and Coach Petrino as they enter the stadium two hours prior to kickoff. TopperWalk starts on Avenue of Champions across from the South Lawn, where the team buses will drop off the players and coaches so they can walk by fans and along with the WKU Cheerleaders, Topperettes, Big Red Marching Band and Big Red into the stadium.
Parking and traffic changes
WKU Parking & Transportation provides this reminder about the following gameday parking and traffic changes:
Several parking lots will be reserved for event parking. Vehicles remaining in reserved areas are subject to a $35 fine and relocation. These lots will close Friday at 10 p.m. and must be cleared by 7 a.m. Saturday:
- All parking lots surrounding Diddle Arena
- Parking Structure 2 (PS2)
- South Lawn
- Parking spaces along Avenue of Champions down to University Boulevard.
- McCormack Lot
- A portion of the Gated Regents Lot
Disability and RV Parking
- Disability parking is provided in the Jones-Jaggers Lot. Shuttle service begins at 11 a.m. and runs continuously throughout the game.
- RV Parking will be provided in the Service Supply Lot on a first-come, first-served basis. RVs may park in the Service Supply Lot from 6 p.m. Friday through noon Sunday. Unused parking will open at noon for general parking.
- Shuttle service from the Alumni Square Garage will begin at 11 a.m.
Beginning at 10 a.m., the following roads will close:
- College Heights Boulevard between Colonnade Drive and University Boulevard. Access will be restricted to HAF permit holders and tailgating season pass holders.
- Avenue of Champions at College Heights Boulevard. Access will be restricted to HAF permit holders.
Postgame Traffic Control
Following the game, while event traffic is exiting campus, traffic will not be allowed onto campus. Traffic will be controlled at the following intersections:
- University Boulevard and 31W
- University Boulevard and Normal Street
- University Boulevard and Russellville Road
- University Boulevard and Parking Structure 2
- University Boulevard and Parking Structure 1
- University Boulevard and Old Morgantown Road
- Russellville Road and Morgantown Road
More: Postgame traffic map.
Contact: Parking & Transportation, (270) 745-2361.