Aug. 29, 2010
- With the Baylor football team in the final days of practice leading into its Sept. 4 season opener against Sam Houston State, fans planning to attend any of the Bears' six 2010 contests at Floyd Casey Stadium should take note of improvements designed to enhance their game-day experience. Many of the changes were the result of an extensive survey of 2009 Baylor season and single-game ticket purchasers conducted last winter.
Arguably the most noticeable improvement to all will be the new wall-to-wall Hellas Matrix playing surface installed over the summer. The new surface has received rave reviews from the Bears, who have conducted a pair of fall scrimmages on it. With the new turf, which replaces an artificial surface that was installed in 2004, the beige rings outside the playing field have been replaced by the new surface and the end zones are solid Championship Gold with the Baylor spirit mark reversed out in green.
After working with State, County, City and University officials since the end of the 2009 campaign, a new traffic pattern around Floyd Casey Stadium will be implemented beginning with this week's game against the Bearkats, and improved directional signage should be in place to assist fans.
All fans who plan to utilize the general public parking areas (Lots D, E, F and G) on the East side of Floyd Casey Stadium or lots H, J, K and L to the North of the stadium, should use either Clay or Dutton Avenues to reach those parking lots. Fans who travel to Waco via I-35 from either the North or South and who park on lots in the East side of the stadium should take the 17th/18th Street Exit and travel via 17th Street to Clay or Dutton Avenues to enter the parking areas.
Fans who hold credentialed parking passes for Floyd Casey's Green, Brown, Sky Box, Gold, Creekside and Handicap lots, should plan to enter at the main entrance off Valley Mills Drive or at the credentialed entrance on Dutton Avenue. I-35 travelers who hold credentialed parking passes should use the Valley Mills Drive exit and continue to the stadium's main entrance for admission into their designated parking area.
While large crowds expected for all 2010 home games, given the new traffic pattern around the stadium, school officials encourage all fans to allow for extra time in traveling to the stadium early in the season.
For those football fans who desire to avoid parking at Floyd Casey Stadium, Baylor Athletics and Waco Transit will again co-sponsor the Gold Rush Tailgate Shuttle, which will run continually starting three hours prior to kickoff of each home game from Waco's Heritage Square with a scheduled stop at Vitek's before dropping fans near Snickers Touchdown Alley at Floyd Casey Stadium. This free service will return fans to their cars following the game, too, leaving from the same point fans were dropped off prior to the game.
Baylor fans are also encouraged to join the Baylor Sports Network 2.5 hours prior to each home football game (3:30 p.m. for the Sept. 4 opener) to welcome Bears' coach Art Briles and the 2010 Bears as they arrive at Floyd Casey Stadium. The team will arrive at the Baylor Sports Network tent near Touchdown Alley on the Dutton Street side of the stadium, and weather permitting, march through the tailgating area on their way into the stadium for pre-game warm-ups.
Baylor football legends, as well as the Golden Wave Marching Band and Baylor Spirit Squads, all plan to be on hand each week to welcome the Bears to their home den. While supplies last, complimentary hot dogs and soft drinks will be provided for guests who visit the Baylor Sports Network tent before the March of the Bears.
Among other 2010 Floyd Casey Stadium enhancements:
- Snickers Touchdown Alley will continue to open three (3) hours prior to kickoff and for the first time ever, KCEN-TV will broadcast the Baylor ISP Sports Network Tailgate Show on cable TV in Central Texas (check local listings). The Baylor Football Tailgate Show, hosted by John Morris and Derek Smith, hits the air two (2) hours prior to kick for all Baylor games, home and away, and will broadcast from the stage near Touchdown Alley at every home game.
- All stadium gates will now open 90 minutes prior to kickoff.
- Nearly all stadium concession stands will now be equipped to handle credit card transactions
- Improvements have been made to several of the stadium's restrooms, and the entire stadium underbelly has received a new coat of paint.
- J.D. Walton, the Bears' 2009 All-America center, has joined the Baylor Legends who are featured on life-sized banners around Floyd Casey Stadium. Walton's banner now hangs in the stadium's Northeast corner.
- A field wrap, designed by Baylor graduate Grant Wiede and produced by Waco's W Promotions, has been installed on all four field-level walls inside the stadium. The North and South End Zone wraps feature the Bears' 2010 Seniors, while the East and West Stadium walls feature select corporate partners and Baylor spirit marks.
- The Texas Farm Bureau customer appreciation lot, located near the stadium's Green parking lot, will also offer limited complimentary parking spaces on game day for its members. Texas Farm Bureau members can show their membership cards at the Valley Mills Drive entrance to Floyd Casey Stadium and receive free reserved parking each game (limited spaces available).
- A commitment to enhanced Baylor spirit displays with Baylor flags and banners along Valley Mills Drive around Floyd Casey Stadium.
Fans are also reminded that all bags are subject to search upon entering the stadium and that the following items are prohibited at all Baylor sporting events,
- Weapons of any kind (including pocket knives)
- Outside food and beverages, cans, bottles, coolers
- Laser pointers, artificial noisemakers, strobe lights
- Video cameras or professional cameras (large lenses)
- Radios or other audio devices without headsets
- Large bags or parcels including backpacks and large purses
Season and single-game tickets for the Bears' 2010 season remain on sale and may be purchased online at baylorbears.com, in person at the Ferrell Center box office or by calling the Athletic Ticket Office at 254.710.1000.
The Ferrell Center ticket office will be open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. from Aug. 30 thru Sept. 3 in advance of the Bears' Sept. 4 opener against Sam Houston State.