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Jonesboro, AR -- Kathy Morris reports

Attendees of ASU-Memphis Game Encouraged to Arrive Early

SEPTEMBER 17, 2004 -- Posted at: 10:20pm CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Kick off for Arkansas State's home opener is 6:00pm. Sid McHaffey was already cookin' hogs for tailgaters at 3:00pm on Friday.

"It's just the atmosphere, and the people," said McHaffey about tailgating every year. "You meet the people out here, and everybody comes out, and you talk to people, and you meet people you don't know and you make new friends."

The main area of ASU's Tailgate City sold out, so it was expanded to different areas. About 8,500 A-State supporters will be partying along side Sid McHaffey before the Indians tangle with the Tigers.

Dr. Dean Lee, Director of ASU Athletics, added, "and that doesn't include the Party in the Pines for the students, and that doesn't include impromptu tailgates in the parking lot. It's gonna be truly a festive atmosphere and very electrifying around the stadium."

If you plan on driving to the game, the suggestion is to get there early, and not just about an hour or so - try more like three hours. To help with traffic flow, Olympic Drive will be one-way towards the stadium before the game, and opposite after. General admission ticket holders should use that route. Tailgaters and everyone else can come in off of Johnson Avenue.

"Then of course we have the rodeo at 8 o'clock, so those people going to the rodeo is gonna be backed up even further than the people coming to the football game," explained Randy Knowles, Assistant Director of Athletics - Game Management & Facilities.

Indian Stadium can hold 30,708 people. The expectation is that all of those spots will be filled with fired-up football fans.

Parking around the Convocation Center and Tomlinson Stadium is free. If you want to get closer, spots at the Equine Center and around Indian Stadium cost $10. The Convocation Center Central Box Office is open Saturday from 10:00am until 3:00pm.

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