Countdown to Kickoff: 10 Days
Countdown to Kickoff: 10 Days
Wednesday, August 22, 2018

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Aug. 22, 2018)– As ETSU football approaches kickoff for the 2018 campaign, will count down the days by featuring the program’s 21 seniors on the site and via social media throughout the summer months.

Today marks 10 days until the Buccaneers open the season against Mars Hill on Saturday, Sept. 1 at William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium. Senior linebacker and No. 10 Austin Gatewood (Ooltewah, Tenn.) is the 18th player to be featured in this special segment.

Gatewood is one of the original Buccaneers from their 2014 signing class. The Ooltewah, Tenn. native has played in 32 of the possible 33 games, while totaling 144 career tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, two interceptions and eight quarterback hurries. Gatewood, who has totaled at least one tackle in 31 of the 33 games played, recorded a career-high 10 tackles at Mercer on Oct. 17, 2015, while adding his first collegiate sack later that season at Robert Morris – where he finished with eight tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble. The SoCon All-Academic Team and Honor Roll member registered his first interception against St. Francis on Oct. 3, 2015 and collected his second INT in last season’s win over VMI. Gatewood posted two tackles for loss, one sack and two forced fumbles in last year’s Homecoming win over Robert Morris.

In addition to the player countdown, below are “10 Things to Know” presented by Citizens Bank for next Saturday’s season opener versus Mars Hill at Greene Stadium.

            No. 1 – GOLD OUT: The season opener against Mars Hill has been designated as a “Gold Out.” Fans are encouraged to match the team’s all gold uniforms by wearing their favorite ETSU gold attire.

            No. 2 – Ticket information: Season tickets, SoCon Packs and single game tickets are now on-sale. Fans can learn more by clicking here.

            No. 3 – Student ticket information: For students, ticket pickup information has been e-mailed to their campus accounts twice over the last two weeks, and can also be found by clicking hereand scrolling to the bottom of the page on the Game Day Central page. Students can order their tickets on-line by clicking here.

            No. 4 – Fireworks: Fans are reminded that fireworks will be utilized during games and a firework display will follow the end of the team’s three night games this season.

             No. 5 – Mobility Assistance Shuttle Service: Located at the Alumni Pavilion area on the west side of the ETSU parking garage and convenient to Lots 21 and 22, the Mobility Assistance Shuttle Service will consist of golf carts that will provide rides to the stadium for disabled fans and those with mobility issues. The carts will begin service one hour prior to kickoff and take fans from the Alumni Pavilion to the Bank of Tennessee East Arch roundabout. The carts will also provide service from the roundabout back to the Alumni Pavilion area at the conclusion of the game. Signs designating the pickup area prior to games will be visible on game days. The ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics asks that only fans in physical need of this service utilize the shuttles.

            No. 6 – Food City Zone: The Food City Zone will open three hours prior to kickoff for all home games, with inflatables for children and other fun-filled pregame activities. The Food City Fan Zone is located between Lots 21 and 22 near the main roundabout entering campus from State of Franklin Road.

            No. 7 – Tailgating: Parking lots on campus open at 8 a.m. for tailgating on game days. Click herefor the game day parking map.

            No. 8 – Buc Walk: Fans are also reminded that the Buc Walk begins two hours and fifteen minutes before each game. For the Mars Hill opener, this means the Buc Walk will begin at 5:15 p.m.

            No. 9 – Pepsi Stage: The Pepsi Stage with live music will entertain fans located in Lot 21 for the season opener and Homecoming game.

            No. 10 – Clear Bag Policy and Enhanced Security: ETSU has a clear bag policy for all home football games inside William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium. In addition, new security procedures including metal detectors and security wands will be employed at entry gates. Prohibited items inside the stadium will include the following:

  • Outside food and beverages (including alcoholic beverages)
  • Illegal drugs
  • Firearms
  • Tobacco Products
  • Strollers
  • Backpacks
  • Pets
  • Umbrellas
  • Camping/Tailgating chairs

ETSU fans are reminded that they can order season tickets now for the 2018 season by clicking here or by calling the ETSU ticket office at (423) 439-3878. Along with a six-game home schedule that features matchups with Mars Hill (Sept. 1), Furman (Sept. 22), Chattanooga (Sept. 29), Gardner-Webb (Oct. 6), Western Carolina (Oct. 27) and Samford (Nov. 17), the Bucs will also hit the road for the program’s first-ever trip to Neyland Stadium to take on Tennessee on Sept. 8.

For more information on Buccaneer football, visit and click on the football link.