Bethel University Spring Football Game Set for April 21, A Great Family Event
McKENZIE — Fans can get their first look at the 2018 Bethel University Football squad Saturday, April 21 with the Annual Purple and Gold game at 5 p.m. at Wildcat Stadium. Admission to the game is free and open to the public. Spring football practice is underway as the Cats prepare for the game and the upcoming season which begins August 23 at home against Reinhardt.
The weekend promises to be fun for all as Friday, April 20, baseball is playing an evening game against Martin Methodist. The game will get underway at 6 p.m. with ribbon-cutting ceremonies officially recognizing the softball and baseball fields as the newly named Kahlden Complex after Thomas, Patty and son, Kolby Kahlden, whose generous donation paid for the purchase and installation of lighting for the new fields.
“It truly is going to be a weekend of firsts,” said Ashley Wallace, Special Projects Manager for Bethel’s Office of University Relations. “After the ribbon cutting for baseball on Friday night, Saturday will be all about celebrating our Bethel Wildcats 2018 Football Team, and you can be a part of the first ever Cat Walk.”
Wallace said the Catwalk will take place at 3:30 p.m. at the entrance of the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena entrance adjacent to the football stadium.
“Join our greeting rally as the football team, cheer squad, Claws our mascot and Renaissance Regiment band emerge from the entrance of Crisp Arena,” she said. “It will be a spirited experience that will pump up all participants and the Wildcat family.”
Wallace said there are a number of pre-game events and activities.
“We encourage people to come and tailgate,” she said. “That begins at 3 p.m. and lasts until game time at 5 p.m. And Chris Chadwick of Hawg County Cookers will be tailgating in the Bethel University tent.
“There are a lot of great things for all ages. We will have the world’s tallest inflatable slide, a dance zone with a DJ, a photo booth and some high tech special effects that you will not want to miss.”
According to Wallace, Greek and other student organizations will have booths set up for all tailgating participants.
“Some of the student organization booths will have items for purchase at a nominal cost,” she said. “Other than that and costs for concessions in the stadium, there is no charge to enter the game or to participate in many tailgating activities. It’s our way of saying thank you to all our Wildcat fans.”
Wallace said they are giving a special thanks to the first 50 Bethel University students who enter the stadium for the game.
“They get a free T-shirt and Thunderstick,” she said. “So you will want to get there early!”
She also said halftime of the game would include a Tuition Tennis Ball Toss, the presentation of Mr. and Ms. Bethel, sling shot shirt launches and a half time band performance.
“Another new exciting event,” Wallace said, “is an autograph session with seniors from our football and cheer squads. It’s a time when Wildcat fans can really have a chance to get to know their favorite players and cheerleaders. We see this being a favorite event, and we encourage fans to stay after the game for a few minutes to take part.”
For more information about the Purple and Gold game day, contact Ashley Wallace at wallacea@ bethelu.edu or at 731-3526361, or contact Myra Carlock email@example.com or at 731-352-4090.