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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (August 30, 2022) – The George Quarles era of ETSU football kicks off Thursday, Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m. with the team’s home opener against Mars Hill at William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium.
Ahead of Thursday night’s showdown, here are the Top Things to Know brought to you by Citizens Bank.
No. 1 – Teacher Appreciation Day: ETSU Athletics will be hosting Teacher Appreciation Day at Thursday’s game where free admission will be given to all grade school faculty and staff with Valid ID (limit one pass per family).
No. 2 – Fireworks: In addition to teacher’s appreciation day, ETSU will kick off the season with a post-game fireworks show presented by Pepsi.
No. 3 – Kickoff: Kickoff for Thursday’s home opener is scheduled for an official 7:32 p.m. start time. Gates to the stadium will open at 5:30 p.m.
No. 4 – Buc Walk: The much-anticipated Buc Walk will begin two hours prior to each home game. For Thursday’s home opener, the Buc Walk will commence at 5:30 p.m.
No. 5 – Guest Services: New to ETSU this year is the Guest Services tent located at the East side of the stadium where fans can ask questions on game day. The tent will also provide a free photo service for fans to have pictures taken in front of the commemorative foundation rock at the concourse. The first 500 fans to visit guest services will also receive promotional schedule poster.
No. 6 – Pepsi Stage: ETSU will have a DJ with live music on the Pepsi Stage at Lot 21 from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
No. 7 – Ticket Information: Fans can purchase tickets for the 2022 season opener vs. Mars Hill in addition to season tickets online. For more information, click here. Students can pick up their tickets all week at the Carrier Center located on the second floor of the Culp Center or at the gate on gameday. Click here for student ticket info.
No. 8 – Broadcast Information: The Buccaneer Sports Network (BSN) will provide ETSU fans with complete pregame, in-game and postgame coverage on the Bucs’ flagship station WXSM-AM 640 and affiliate station 104.9 FM NASH ICON.
BSN begins its pregame programing one hour and 30 minutes prior to kickoff with the 30-minute Tennessee Lottery Tailgate Show, followed by the George Quarles Pregame Show presented by Tommie’s Plumbing which will lead up to 30 minutes prior to kickoff. The Appalachian Orthopedic Countdown to Kickoff will then lead into the final moments before kickoff.
The broadcast team of “Voice of the Bucs” Jay Sandos, color analyst Matt Wihljelm, sideline reporter Robert Harper and stat-man Don Helman will provide ETSU fans all the information they need to complement their game-day activities.
At halftime, the crew will have the Mr. Electric Halftime Show, while fans can tune into the Mullican Flooring Post Game Show for a full wrap up, with game statistics, players and coach interviews and other post-game information.
Thursday’s game will also be broadcast on the ESPN+ with the team of David Jackson (play-by-play) and Mark Hutsell (analyst).
No. 9 – LOUD NOISES: Fans are reminded that fireworks and the cannon will be utilized during Thursday’s game and that there will be a postgame firework display.
No. 10 - 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. 11 - Tailgating: For Thursday’s game only, parking lots on campus open at 3 p.m. for tailgating. For all other home games, parking lots will open Saturday at 8 a.m. Click here for the game day parking map.
No. 12 - 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, security procedures including metal detectors and security wands will be employed at entry gates. Prohibited items inside the stadium will include the following:
For more information on Buccaneer football, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the football page.