Community Night, Fan Fest Highlight Eagle 2016 Opener

Community Night, Fan Fest Highlight Eagle 2016 Opener

Ashland University's football team will kick off its 2016 season on Community Night, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. against Mercyhurst at Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field.

Tickets for the Eagles-Lakers football game will be $5 for adult general admission and free for senior citizens (age 62 or older) and children/students. Reserved chair back seats are available for $15. Tickets will be available at the door, and gates will open at 4:30 p.m. the day of the game.

Prior to the Sept. 1 opener from 3-5 p.m., a free-to-the-public Fan Fest will take place on a closed-off section of Broad Street in front of the Robert Troop Center. Included among the festivities – live music performed by local musician Jeff Ritz, a free ticket giveaway and live broadcast by WRDL-FM 88.9, a meet-and-greet with Tuffy The Eagle, a cornhole setup in the front lawn of the Troop Center, a mini-football giveaway courtesy of Hedstrom to the first 100 kids, a team poster giveaway while supplies last, contests, a bounce house and more.

Fans of all ages are welcome.

Ashland's football team is ranked in the top 10 in the nation in four preseason polls – No. 6 in the 2016 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II Coaches' Top 25 Preseason Poll, No. 3 in the Lindy's Sports College Football National 2016 Preview preseason poll, No. 7 in the 2016 Top 25 preseason poll and No. 8 in the 2016 Sporting News Division II Preseason Top 25 poll.

The Eagles also were chosen to repeat as Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference South Division champions in the 2016 GLIAC Football Preseason Coaches' Poll.