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Corral kicks off CMU and homecoming football games

by John Greenhoe

Sept. 15, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of WMU tailgate party.
See you at the Corral.
KALAMAZOO--A new entertainment village showcasing alumni and student musical talent will make its debut Saturday prior to the Western Michigan University-Central Michigan University football contest at Waldo Stadium.

Corral Entertainment Village
8 to 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17
Bobb Stadium (Hyames Field)

Admission is free to anyone with a football game ticket or valid WMU student ID.

"This is an opportunity for the WMU family to gather in one venue with all of the trappings you'd expect at a best-in-class tailgate with the extra benefit of live entertainment," says Jim Small, WMU associate vice president for engagement. "While WMU-CMU is a great longstanding rivalry, we are looking to further enhance the experience with a new tradition—The Corral."

Live entertainment will be headlined by the WMU Marching Band and will be complemented by food and beverages from various local restaurants. The Kids Village will feature pony rides, the Meijer Mobile Virtual Playground and an inflatable bounce castle.

Included in the festivities are tents featuring the WMU Bookstore and the WMU Family, an attraction at which alumni and friends can learn about upcoming activities that are being planned with them in mind. Corral attendees are also invited to have their picture taken with a "live" version of WMU's Bronco mascot, a horse named Triumph who leads the Bronco football team onto the field before each home football game.

The Corral will also precede the WMU Homecoming game against Bowling Green Oct. 8.

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