Fans encouraged to help send off Red Wolves Wednesday morning

JONESBORO, Ark. (ASU) – The Arkansas State Athletic Department is inviting the community to come together Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 7:30 a.m. to help "send off" the Sun Belt Conference champion Red Wolves' football team as it leaves for the Bowl.

All fans are encouraged to line Stadium Boulevard, create signs, wear A-State apparel and honk their horns to send off the Red Wolves as they head to Mobile, Ala., to take on the Northern Illinois Huskies in the 2012 Bowl. The Red Wolves will depart from ASU Stadium at 7:30 a.m. and travel down Stadium Boulevard and onto Highway 63.  The Arkansas State University committee of the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce is also inviting community members to help them line the Red Wolves' travel route to Highway 63.

Members of the ASU band and cheerleading squad will also be on hand, and KFIN 107.9 FM will be doing a live remote, hosted by the voice of the Red Wolves Matt Stolz, starting at 6 a.m. from the ASU Football Facility.  The Red Wolves will make a stop in Jackson, Miss., to practice, but will arrive in Mobile at approximately 4:00 p.m. to take part in the Bowl's Team Welcome Reception later that night at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

"The 2011 football season has been a very special year and excitement is at an all-time high," ASU Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Promotions Gleen Hart said. "We want the excitement to continue and send the football team off to Mobile in style with the Red Wolf Nation behind them. The send off will be another great example of the fan support we have had all year."

The team will continue its on-field preparations at the University of South Alabama practice facility during its time in Mobile, while also taking part in a number of bowl-game functions such as visiting the University of South Alabama's Children's and Women's Hospital and "Team Night" at the Mobile Civic Center Theatre on Thursday.  The Red Wolves will also take part in a "Team Luncheon" on the USS Alabama on Saturday and attend portions of the Mardis Gras Parade, which will feature the ASU band and cheerleaders, that evening.

A-State will take a 10-2 record and nine-game winning streak, the nation's second longest, into the bowl game set for Jan. 8 at 8:00 p.m. at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.  Fans are asked to be aware that red will serve as the official game-day color for the Bowl game on Jan. 8 and all fans are encouraged to wear red to the game.