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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 10, 2022) – The ETSU football home finale is set for this Saturday as the Bucs welcome its most-storied rival, Western Carolina, to William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium for a 1 p.m. kickoff. The Bucs and Catamounts will meet for the 52nd time this weekend.
Before Saturday’s showdown, here are the Top Things to Know brought to you by Citizens Bank.
No. 1 – Kickoff: Saturday’s game will kickoff at 1:02 p.m. inside Greene Stadium. Stadium gates will open at 11 a.m.
No. 2 – Ticket Information: Fans can purchase tickets for Saturday’s game against Western Carolina, 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 – Heroes Day: On Saturday, ETSU welcomes any veteran or active service members with free admission to Saturday’s game. Tickets can be claimed at the main east side gate (arches) starting two hours before kickoff. Valid ID must be provided.
No. 4 – Senior Day: Prior to Saturday’s game, ETSU Athletics will honor 13 players who will run through the “E” one last time inside Greene Stadium. Additionally, the program will honor eight support staff students who have served the program as equipment managers, film crew personnel or with sports medicine.
No. 5 – Blue Ridge Border Battle: Saturday will mark the fifth edition of the “Blue Ridge Border Battle” between ETSU and Western Carolina. In 2018, a trophy was added for the long-time rivals that includes a two-tiered wooden pedestal adorned on opposite sides by the school’s respective logos and the moniker of the football rivalry series. Atop the trophy is a rock that was taken from the Appalachian Trail on the Tennessee - North Carolina Border in the heart of the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge mountains.
No. 6 – Tailgating: For all Saturday home games this season, parking lots on campus open at 8 a.m. for tailgating. Click here for the game day parking map.
No. 7 – 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. Fans are also encouraged to pick up their Food City Rally Towels at this location to wave after the third quarter.
No. 8 – Pepsi Pregame: ETSU will have a DJ with live music at Lot 21 prior to kickoff.
No. 9 – Buc Walk: The much-anticipated Buc Walk will begin two hours prior to the game. For Saturday’s game, the Buc Walk will commence at 11 a.m.
No. 10 — SAAC Cold Weather Clothing Drive: The ETSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be hosting a clothing drive, starting on Homecoming, to collect cold weather gear for Johnson City’s residents in need. Donation boxes will be located at the main entrance of the William B. Greene Stadium and will be donated to the Salvation Army of Johnson City. Please be sure all donated items are washed prior to dropping off. Donations are greatly appreciated!
SAAC will be collecting the following items:
No. 11 – Cheers! – Starting this past month, fans can 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. 12 – LOUD NOISES: Fans are reminded the touchdown cannon will be utilized during Saturday’s game.
No. 13 – GIVE NO QUARTER: Speaking of loud noises, ETSU encourages its fans to GET LOUD for the “no quarter fourth quarter.” Food City red rally towels are available to the first 1,500 fans at the Food City Fan Zone following the Buc Walk. A video presentation will begin at the end of the third quarter, prompting fans to wave their rally towels and show no mercy to the opposition.
No. 14 — 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. 15 – 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 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 air on ESPN+ with Keith Brake (play-by-play) and Mark Hutsell (analyst) on the call.
No. 16 - 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.