Aug. 31, 2011
WACO, Texas - With anticipation building for the Baylor football team's nationally televised home opener against 14th-ranked TCU this Friday on ESPN at 7:06 p.m. CT, fans planning to attend any of the Bears' seven 2011 contests at Floyd Casey Stadium are reminded to take note of the following tips to make their game-day experience more enjoyable.
Again this year, 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, Dutton or Franklin Avenues to reach those parking lots. Fans who travel to Waco via I-35 from either the North or South and who park in lots on 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. 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. Fans holding these type of parking passes should plan to exit the stadium following the game out the Valley Mills Drive exit only.
Those fans who have purchased public parking passes from Baylor Athletics should also note that the passes are good for parking at any general parking lot around the stadium. Overflow public parking is available on Clay Avenue between 32nd Street and Valley Mills Drive.
For those football fans who desire to avoid parking at Floyd Casey Stadium and take advantage of local restaurants, 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 continually to their cars, too, leaving from the same point fans were dropped off prior to the game.
Baylor fans are also encouraged to join the Baylor Alumni Network Tailgate 2.5 hours prior to each home football game (4:30 p.m. for the Sept. 2 opener) for March of the Bears, which allows fans to greet coach Art Briles and the 2011 Bears as they arrive at Floyd Casey Stadium. The team will arrive at the Baylor Alumni Network Tailgate 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. Complimentary food will be provided for guests who visit the Baylor Alumni Network Tailgate before the March of the Bears.
New to Floyd Casey Stadium this fall is the Family Fun Zone, located in the south end zone walk-around area on Great Teaff Plaza. This area, which will be open from the second quarter through halftime until the end of the third quarter, will feature inflatables, face painting and games for children. In addition, the GoVision screen will be relocated from Snickers Touchdown Alley to the Family Fun Zone so that parents can follow the action on the field while their children enjoy the Fun Zone. No children may be left unattended in the Fun Zone area.
In addition to Fun Zone area, Floyd Casey Stadium's video board has been updated, which should benefit everyone's game-day experience.
Season and single-game tickets for the Bears' 2011 season remain on sale and may be purchased online at baylorbears.com/tickets, in person at the Ferrell Center box office or by calling the Athletic Ticket Office at 254.710.1000. The Ferrell Center ticket office is open daily from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. To date, nearly 17,000 season tickets have been sold for Baylor's 2011 football campaign.
On Friday, September 2nd, the Athletic Ticket Office at the Ferrell Center will be open from 8 a.m. until Noon, at which time it will close and then re-open at Floyd Casey Stadium at 1 p.m. through halftime of the game.
Fans are also reminded that:
Snickers Touchdown Alley will continue to open three (3) hours prior to kickoff. The Baylor Alumni Network 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 Baylor Alumni Network Tailgate at every home game.
All stadium gates will again open 90 minutes prior to kickoff.
All children 2 and older must have a ticket for the game to be admitted to the stadium.
For the second straight year, a field wrap, installed by Waco's W Promotions, will appear on all four field-level walls inside the stadium. The North and South End Zone wraps feature the Bears' 2011 Seniors, while the East and West Stadium walls feature select corporate partners and Baylor spirit marks.
Texas Farm Bureau will provide a limited number of complimentary tickets for each Baylor home game to its membership. Texas Farm Bureau members may receive two tickets to any Baylor football game during the 2011 season by emailing email@example.com by 3 p.m. on the day prior to the home game they wish to attend. Fans desiring to take advantage of this offer must include their name, Texas Farm Bureau member ID number and game date ticket request. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability, and may be claimed on game-day at Floyd Casey Stadium.
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
- Professional cameras (large lenses)
- Umbrellas (purse-sized umbrellas are allowed)
- Radios or other audio devices without headsets
- Large bags or parcels including backpacks and large purses