JONESBORO, Ark. (4/18/17) – Rather than holding a traditional spring game, Arkansas State has elected to host a "Friday Night Fan Fest" on April 21 designed to engage the Red Wolves' fan base while also still playing full-contact football.
There is no admission charge for the fan-friendly event, which will feature Howl and Scarlet, the A-State spirit squads and the Sound of the Natural State. The "Friday Night Fan Fest" will officially begin at 6:00 p.m., but the Centennial Bank Stadium field will be open to kids from 4:00-5:15 p.m. for an interaction period with team members. DJ King Vick will also be included in the entertainment, along with fan contests, prize giveaways, special on-field recognitions and a picture and autograph opportunity at the event's conclusion.
The team will go through position drills with selected fans early in the outing, which will count as A-State's 14th spring practice since it began camp back on March 28. The Red Wolves will then hold position drills as the first of four scored competitions between the offense and defense.
The fan-experience contests will be held between the "live" team competitions, which also include a scrimmage, 3rd down situations and red zone scenarios. The fan contests include a quarterback challenge, as well as field goal and punt return competitions. Fans 18 years and older can register for the contests by sending an e-mail to AthleticMarketing@astate.edu with their contact information.
Season tickets will be available for purchase, and a "tag a seat" promotion will be conducted in conjunction with the event. Fans are encouraged to follow the Arkansas State Athletics social media accounts for any updates as it pertains to weather and schedule adjustments for the "Friday Night Fan Fest."
The Red Wolves won eight of their last nine games, claimed the Sun Belt Conference championship and defeated UCF in the Cure Bowl in 2016. A-State is the only FBS program in the nation to win five conference titles over the last six seasons and has also piled up 52 victories over that span, which are tied for the 23rd most in the nation.
FRIDAY NIGHT FAN FEST SCHEDULE
1) OPEN FIELD WITH KIDS (4-5:15 p.m.)
2) POSITION DRILLS WITH FANS IN EACH GROUP (approximately 6:00 p.m.)
3) Team Competition drills
4) FAN CONTEST (Kicking field goals)
5) Team Offense vs. Defense Competition
6) FAN CONTEST (QB Challenge)
7) Team 3rd Down Competition
8) FAN CONTEST (Punt return)
9) Team Red Zone Competition