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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 29, 2022) – A number of storylines surround this week’s Rail Rivalry in Johnson City between in-state foes ETSU and Chattanooga, which due to weather concerns will kick off earlier than originally scheduled.
Before Saturday’s showdown, here are the Top Things to Know brought to you by Citizens Bank.
No. 1 – Time Change: Saturday’s game was originally scheduled for 7:30 p.m., but due to expected weather from Hurricane Ian, the game has been pushed up to 3 p.m. For all the latest updates and information, call 423-439-3878 or visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the football schedule page.
No. 2 – Ticket Information: Fans can purchase tickets for Saturday’s game against Chattanooga, as well as season tickets for basketball, 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.
No. 3 – Rail Rivalry: In 2018, ETSU and Chattanooga announced its in-state rivalry would add a new tradition with the introduction of the “Rail Rivalry” where the winning team would take home “The Rail” trophy. The rail is made from a former railroad tie that once connected Johnson City and Chattanooga and weighs 108 pounds to represent the halfway point between the two cities — separated by 216 miles.
No. 4 – Cheers! – Starting Saturday, fans will be able to purchase beer inside William B. Greene, Jr. stadium. To accommodate this, the bookstore will be relocating to the main entrance on the east side of the stadium. For more information related to beer sales at the stadium, click here.
No. 5 – No Buc Walk: Due to weather unpredictability, the Buc Walk will not take place for Saturday’s game against Chattanooga. The team will instead shuttle across campus to William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium.
No. 6 – 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.
No. 7 – 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.
Saturday’s game will also be broadcast on the ESPN+ with the team of Keith Brake (play-by-play) and Mark Hutsell (analyst).
No. 8 – LOUD NOISES: Fans are reminded the touchdown cannon will be utilized during Saturday’s game.
No. 9 – Tailgating: For all Saturday games this season, parking lots on campus open at 8 a.m. for tailgating. Click here for the game day parking map.
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, 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.