Game week events scheduled for ASU home opener against Memphis

From Arkansas State University

In preparation for Arkansas State's first home football game, the Arkansas State Athletic Department has announced a number of events throughout the week leading up to Saturday's 6 p.m. kick off against Memphis at ASU Stadium.

The Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce launched its 15th annual "Paint the Town Red" event Tuesday morning with a balloon release at Brookland Elementary School. ASU cheerleaders, the A-Team, Howl and head football coach Hugh Freeze were on hand for the launch.

As part of "Paint the Town Red," local businesses are asked to decorate the interior and/or exterior of their businesses to show support for ASU. Categories for the contest will include an exterior, interior and a first timer's award. A spirit award will be given to the business that best demonstrates its support for the ASU program through cheers, live outdoor scenes and other displays during the judging process. Judging will take place Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Winners will be announced at the Big Great A-State Tailgate on Friday, Sept. 9 in downtown Jonesboro. The tailgate is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. and will feature food, drinks, games and other activities.

On Thursday, Sept. 8, ASU will hold its 15th annual Order of the Pack pep rally at 8 p.m. at ASU Stadium. Fans and students are encouraged to show up to show their support for the Red Wolves athletic teams.

On Friday, Sept. 9 ASU will hold its annual ASU Letterman's Club Banquet at the Cooper Alumni Center on the ASU Campus. This year the Letterman's Club will induct Garry Johnson, Marvin Neloms and Billy Joe Turner into the ASU Hall of Honor. In addition, the Letterman's club will give special recognition to the 1970 ASU football team that finished 11-0 and defeated Missouri in the Pecan Bowl.

The week's activities will conclude on Saturday, Sept. 10 with the football game against Memphis. Fans are encouraged to be at the stadium beginning at 3:45 p.m. to cheer on the football team as they make their way from the blue entrance of the Convocation Center, around the pond and through the numbered parking lot on their way to the stadium. Fans are asked to form a tunnel and cheer on the team as they pass by.

Season tickets for the Red Wolves' 2011 campaign, which includes six home games, are on sale and can be ordered by contacting the ASU Box Office at 870-972-ASU1 or 1-888-ASU-FANS or by visiting For more information, contact the ASU Marketing Department at 870-972-3880.