WMU News

CommUniverCity Night on Sept. 11 kicks off home football schedule

Aug. 31, 1999

KALAMAZOO--Plenty of football, food and fireworks will be featured Saturday, Sept. 11, when Western Michigan University kicks off its first home football game of the 1999 season with CommUniverCity Night.

The sixth annual CommUniverCity football game will start at 6 p.m. and pit the Broncos against the Penguins of Youngstown State University. As in past years, the event will include private tailgate parties before the game and an impressive fireworks display after the game.

The tailgate parties will take place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in a 55-tent Corporate Village set up on nearby Hyames Field. Up with People, which will perform at Miller Auditorium Sunday, Sept. 12, will be on hand to provide entertainment.

"We're hoping to meet or exceed the record-breaking crowd of 12,000 that attended last year's Corporate Village and to beat our record attendance of more than 35,000 for the CommUniverCity game," says Irene L. Bracken, coordinator of corporate relations in the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.

"We're excited about how well everything is going," Bracken notes. "There will be an awesome halftime show plus some of the best fireworks we've ever had. In addition, we've already filled the Corporate Village to capacity and are receiving enthusiastic community support for the other tent parties we're having before home games."

Bracken said about 28,000 tickets already have been sold for the CommUniverCity game, but a number of good seats are still left, particularly for those purchasing season tickets.

Next up on the home schedule will be another night contest, Southwest Fest, on Saturday, Oct. 2, when WMU takes on Central Michigan University at 6 p.m. A major part of the festivities will be the Ultimate Student Tailgate, a free, non-alcoholic celebration for students.

Another 1999 season highlight will be the Homecoming game at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, against Ball State University. Two additional home games are scheduled this year, Family Festival Night at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, and Hall of Fame Day at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13.

For more information about CommUniverCity Night or other 1999 football events, contact Irene L. Bracken in the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics at (616) 387-3062.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 616 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu


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