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ASU Officials Recommending Fans Arrive Early for Tomorrow's Home Opener at Indian Stadium

SEPTEMBER 17, 2004 - Posted at 8:02 a.m. CDT


JONESBORO, AR - Heavy traffic, long parking and ticket lines, and lots of people are expected at Indian Stadium Saturday evening when Arkansas State opens the home portion of the 2004 football season against regional rival and 25th-ranked Memphis.

The normal excitement of a home opener is expected to draw a large number of ASU fans, while several Memphis fans are also expected to make the one-hour trek to Jonesboro, excited about their team's 2-0 start and new national ranking by the Associated Press.  Memphis will be the first-ever nationally-top ranked team to visit Indian Stadium.

"This has every opportunity to be the greatest night in the history of Arkansas State athletics," said ASU Athletic Director Dr. Dean Lee.  "We are very optimistic that we will sell more tickets for a game than we have ever sold, hear louder cheers than we have ever heard and bring Indian Stadium to life with a sea of red that gives out program its best possible chance to be successful."

Early indicators of a substantial crowd have ASU administrators excited about Saturday's game day atmosphere.  On Wednesday, Memphis notified ASU's ticket office that it had sold out its entire allotment of 3,500 tickets.  ASU officials have since received a flood of phone calls from Memphis fans inquiring about tickets for Saturday's game.

More than 7,000 fans are expected to tailgate outside Indian Stadium.

Game tickets will be on sale until 5 p.m. today at the ASU Box Office at the Convocation Center.  The box office will sell tickets tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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