Sept. 10, 2013
RUSTON - When Louisiana Tech hosts Tulane Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. at Joe Aillet Stadium, it will be the University's inaugural league game as a member of Conference USA.
It will also be the fifth annual Community Trust Bank RED OUT game as well as the annual Bulldogs Tackling Breast Cancer game. In other words, it will be a big night for Skip Holtz and the Bulldog football program as well as all Louisiana Tech faithful attending the nationally televised contest.
Community Trust Bank annually sponsors the RED OUT game which started in 2009 as Holtz's Bulldogs will be donning the red jersey's for the contest. It's the one home game each year where LA Tech fans are encouraged to wear red to the contest (instead of the traditional blue).
Although the game won't kick off until Thursday night, the events surrounding it start Wednesday with the CTB RED OUT game pep rally which is set for 6:15 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center. Doors to the TAC will open at 5:30 p.m.
The pep rally will include performances by the Tech Cheerleaders, the Regal Blues and the Tech Band of Pride. The first 2,000 Louisiana Tech students (with a valid University ID) who enter the doors of the TAC for the pep rally will receive a ticket stub which can then be redeemed at the conclusion of the event for an official Community Trust Bank RED OUT game-day t-shirt.
Thursday's events include tailgating, the Ruston Brick Kids Zone, a Monty Russell concert and free Bulldogs Tackling Breast Cancer promotional material which will be sold and given away inside the stadium.
Tech fans are encouraged to begin tailgating around the stadium Thursday at any time as this week's official tailgating menu is jambalaya. Members of the Lady Techster basketball team will be judging tailgating and plaques will be awarded for the largest group, best decorations and best food (jambalaya).
The Louisiana Tech Alumni Association will hold its game-day tailgate at Argent Pavilion as free jambalaya courtesy of Ponchatoulas will be served starting at 4:30 p.m.
Fans are also reminded that although open tailgating will still exist around the Thomas Assembly Center, vehicles will not be allowed to enter those areas starting three hours before kickoff. Vehicles will also be strictly prohibited from entering the area around the Thomas Assembly Center stairs as well as the Ruston Brick Kids Zone area which is located on the southeast hill of the TAC. These areas will be marked with signs and ropes and will be monitored by security personnel.
Monty Russell will provide live music starting at 3:30 p.m. on the front steps of the Thomas Assembly Center. The well-known north Louisiana musician is the co-host of "The Roadhouse", a wildly popular Americana alternative radio program in its 12th season on KXKZ. Over the past decade he has shared the stage with the likes of Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, Gary Allan, Merle Haggard, Blues Traveler, Confederate Railroad and many more.
The Ruston Brick Kids Zone is also a big part of the pregame festivities at Joe Aillet Stadium. Located on the southeast hill outside of the Thomas Assembly Center, the Ruston Brick Kids Zone will open at 3:30 p.m. and will contain inflatables, games and much more.
Joe Aillet Stadium gates will open two hours prior to kickoff this year. Due to increased Homeland Security mandates for athletic stadiums across the country, fans should know that all bags are subject to search on entrance into Joe Aillet Stadium.
At approximately 4:30 p.m. the Bulldog football team is scheduled to arrive from Monroe and will participate in the Walk of Pride through Tailgate Alley as Tech fans are entertained by the Tech Band of Pride.
Gates to Joe Aillet Stadium will open at 4:30 p.m. as free pink pom poms will be handed out to fans on the west side while supplies last as part of the Bulldogs Tackling Breast Cancer promotion. BTBC t-shirts will also be on sale inside the stadium concourse throughout the course of the game.
The Louisiana Tech Ticket Office will be open this week, including game-day, starting at 8:30 a.m. as fans can purchase their tickets to the game by calling 318-257-3631, emailing email@example.com or logging onto LATechSports.com.
The Ticket Office is encouraging fans to take advantage of the new 3-For-33 ticket promotion which allows fans to select and buy single game tickets for three of the next four home games for only $33 (a savings of $27 on the normal ticket price). The promotional packageinclude the Nov. 23 Tulsa game and then two of the remaining three home Ruston games (customer's choice). The tickets are east side only.
LA Tech season tickets and single game tickets to the Heart of Dallas Classic against Army at the Cotton Bowl Sept. 28 are also on sale and can be purchased by contacting the Tech Ticket Office at 318-257-3631 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The Tech Ticket Office is located in the Thomas Assembly Center and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Fans can also purchase tickets at LATechSports.com.
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