Last Updated: September 7, 2018, 10:58 pm

Football season opens with community fun


Brooks the Bison jams out on the field after his mascot reveal in 2016. Photo courtesy of University Marketing & Communication.

Dixie State University’s first home football game is this Saturday. Students and fans are encouraged to wear red DSU gear to the Chartway Classic Kickoff Game and participate in the many festivities that begin before kickoff and continue throughout the night.

Festivities begin at 4 p.m. with the free tailgate party hosted by DSU Alumni Association at the Wade Alumni House. Students and fans can enjoy hot dogs, sides, and games before heading across University Avenue back to the Trailblazer Stadium for kickoff at 6 p.m.

“DSU strives to put competitive teams on the field and on the court, and the high-caliber facility that this new grandstand has been built to be will certainly take what Dixie has already created to the next level,” Jon Gibb, director of facilities planning and construction, said.

Halftime will include a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the newly completed stadium. Many local leaders like President Biff Williams and Mayor Jon Pike, were invited to participate in the ribbon cutting.

Increasing Trailblazer Stadium  made housing restrooms, concessions, ticketing, and room to seat 4,909 individuals possible at Dixie State University. Now DSU can comfortably take care of more than two teams at one time.

“Essentially, we could have two teams playing, with two other teams getting ready to play, all with their own space,” Gibb said.

Halftime will also include performances by the DSU Blaze Dance and cheer teams. The nights activities will close with a screening of the movie; “Remember the Titans”on the field after the game has concluded.

Student admission is free with a student ID, while fans can purchase tickets online at day of event in the new box office, located at 395 S. University Avenue.