STEPHENVILLE – Advance tickets have been delivered to Tarleton State and are available for sale for the Lone Star Football Festival, which features four games in a single day on Saturday, September 20, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Tarleton State is slated for a 5 p.m. matchup against Florida Tech. The Panthers are a member of the Gulf South Conference and are coming off a 5-7 season where they won the first-ever Eastern College Athletic Conference Division II Futures Bowl against Alderson Broaddus last November.
The Texans, meanwhile, are coming off a 7-3 record a year ago and were the Lone Star Conference champions. Tarleton was invited to play in the Heart of Texas Bowl, but the game was cancelled due to weather.
A single ticket will be good for admission to all four games at the festival. Tickets are currently available at the Tarleton Athletics ticket office located in the lobby of Wisdom Gym or by phone at (254) 968-1832.
Advance purchases through the teams will be rewarded with rates of $25 for adults and $10 for students, whereas sales through Ticketmaster and game-day pricing at the AT&T Stadium ticket windows will be $30 for adults and $12 for students.
“This year’s event is shaping up to be one fabulous day of football, with four games in a single day,” LSC commissioner Stan Wagnon said. “The best way for fans to get their tickets is to purchase in advance from their favorite team, not only for the better pricing but also to learn about that school’s plans for alumni gatherings, pep rallies, and tailgate parties that have become such a big part of this event.”
The 2014 lineup includes two Lone Star Conference tilts and a pair of non-conference games featuring opponents from the Gulf South Conference. Texas A&M-Commerce faces Texas A&M-Kingsville, and Midwestern State goes against Eastern New Mexico in league action while West Texas A&M plays Shorter (Georgia).
The action starts at 10 a.m. with A&M-C vs. TAMUK, followed by WT-Shorter at 1 p.m., TSU-FIT at 5 p.m., and MSU-ENMU at 8 p.m. to conclude the football-filled day.
The festival has attracted more than 86,000 fans for 16 games in its first three years, making it one of the best-attended football events in all of Division II. Fourteen of those 16 games have been televised, bringing extensive exposure to LSC member institutions and their football teams. The festival also has featured five NFL Draft picks and eight NCAA playoff teams, including the 2012 Division II National Champion Valdosta State.