Ferris State football opens 2018 season at home Thursday night

The Ferris State Bulldogs kick off the 2018 season against East Stroudsburg (Pa.) on Aug. 30. (Photo courtesy of Ferris State Athletics)

BIG RAPIDS — The Ferris State University Bulldogs, ranked third nationally in the Lindy’s Sports Preseason National Poll, will open their 110th season of varsity competition at home on Thursday (Aug. 30) night in the 2018 season opener against the East Stroudsburg (Pa.) Warriors at Top Taggart Field.

Kickoff between the Bulldogs and the Warriors is slated for 7:30 p.m. (ET) under the lights in Big Rapids with the contest presented by Three Girls Bakery.

A large crowd is expected for the non-conference contest on Founders Day and fans are encouraged to “come early, cheer loud and wear red!”.

Ferris State is currently a consensus top-20 team in every Division II preseason ranking and is seeking its fifth consecutive NCAA Division II Playoff appearance this season after back-to-back trips to the national quarterfinals or beyond.

Tickets for Ferris State Football can be bought in advance online at www.StarTickets.com, by calling (800) 585-3737, or in person thru the FSU Athletics Ticket Office located inside the Ewigleben Sports Complex. The ticket office is open today thru Thursday from 9 a.m. (ET) to 5 p.m. (ET) with extended hours on Wednesday until 7 p.m. (ET).

The Wheeler Pavilion Gameday Ticket Office will open on Thursday at 5 p.m. (ET) with the gates to the stadium opening at 6 p.m. (ET). Tailgating will not be permitted until 5:15 p.m. due to on-campus classes and fans should be aware parking will be limited around the stadium due to the special Thursday evening tilt.

Football tickets in advance for Thursday’s game are only $14 for adults or $12 for senior citizens (ages 65+) and FSU faculty/staff with students age 5-17 priced at $8. Ferris students with ID will be admitted free for the football game by showing their student identification cards.

Parking in lots near Top Taggart Field is $5 per available space on a first-come, first-served basis. As a convenience to fans, credit cards will also be accepted at the ticket window along with the concession stand.

For more information on ticket sales, please call (231) 591-2888 or visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com for additional information.

The FSU-ESU football game will be broadcast live locally by the Bulldog Sports Network and Sunny 97.3 FM with Rob Bentley handling the play-by-play duties and Sandy Gholston offering color commentary. The broadcast begins at 7 p.m. (ET). A live high-definition video and audio webcast complete with internet statistics will be available through FSU’s all-access video portal at FerrisStateBulldogs.com.

Heading into 2018, Ferris State is one of only five teams in all of college football to win at least 11 games each of the past four years. The Bulldogs along with Northwest Missouri State are the only programs in Division II football to make the playoffs each of the past four seasons.

In six seasons under head coach Tony Annese, the Bulldogs have become a national power on the Division II level. FSU has posted a 60-14 overall mark in the last six years and the Bulldogs have also posted the best winning percentage of all 21 collegiate programs in the state of Michigan along with the GLIAC since his arrival.

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