LOGAN, Utah – Homecoming activities aplenty are scheduled around Saturday’s Utah State-Hawai’i football game. Kickoff for the Western Athletic Conference clash between the Aggies and Warriors is slated for 3 p.m. at Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium, and all gates open at 1:30 p.m. The Romney Stadium South Ticket Office will open at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The North and East Ticket Offices open at Noon, with the Player Pass gate along with all other gates opening at 1:30 p.m. Game day tickets are available to buy on-line as well as future event tickets, and fans can purchase tickets from the comfort of their own home without a wait in line. Fans are encouraged to come early to pickup and purchase tickets to the game, as a large walk-up crowd is expected. The North and East ticket windows of Romney Stadium will be open and available for ticket purchasing. At previous home games, lines have been minimal to sparse at either the North or the East ticket windows. Fans can enter the stadium from both locations. There is no need to go to the South ticket window unless fans are needing to pick up Will Call tickets, or if they want to purchase future event tickets. The cash lines at all three ticket sale locations (South, North and East) are extremely quick. Credit card and ATM sales take a little longer due to the new Payment Card Industry Rules. Also among the highlighted activities is the unveiling of the larger-than-life-size bronze statue of Merlin Olsen ceremony, starting at Noon on the South Plaza of Romney Stadium. The ceremony is open to the public and admission is free. Guest speakers for the ceremony include USU President Dr. Stan Albrecht, USU Director of Athletics Scott Barnes, Steven Perry from the National Football Foundation, the statue’s sculptor Blair Buswell, Douglas Mayberry, who was one of Olsen’s USU teammates, along with Olsen’s widow, Susan. Pre-game activities for Aggies of all ages includes the Pre-Game Tailgate Party, sponsored by the Young Alumni Association, held in the Southwest Parking Lot of Romney Stadium. Groups visiting the party include the Aggie Spirit Squad, Multicultural Alumni, Young Alumni and more. Food will be provided by Texas Roadhouse for $8 per person, while all other activities are free to fans. Several other games, food and fun will be provided by several local businesses. The HURD’s festivities will start with the Aggie Stampede through campus starting at 11:15 a.m. at the Living Learning Community (LLC). At 2 p.m., the HURD tailgate party will start at the Romney Stadium parking lot. New HURD members can also sign up at this time. Other Homecoming activities on Saturday include the Aggie Pride 5K Fun Run at 8 a.m. at the HPER Building, the Homecoming Parade down Main Street at 10 a.m. Homecoming action wraps up Saturday night with the Aggie volleyball team taking on New Mexico State at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum at 8:30 p.m. Fans get free admission to the volleyball match with their ticket stub from the USU-Hawai’i football game. To purchase tickets, or for more Aggie football ticket information, fans can contact the USU Ticket Office at 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305, in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, or on-line 24 hours a day at www.utahstateaggies.com under the “tickets” drop down menu. Fans can follow the Aggie football program at twitter.com/USUFootball or on the USU football blog at usufootball.wordpress.com. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on facebook at Utah State University Athletics. -USU-
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