Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Football venues
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Football Tickets
Team:Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers
Sport: NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision
Conference: Conference USA
Claimed National Titles: 1
Conference Titles 13
Notable Players: Willie Taggert, Virgil Livers, Dale Lindsey, Darryl Drake, Davlin Mullen, Rod Smart, Tim Mooney, Keith Paskett, Pete Walters, Paul Gray, Carl Brazley, Anthony Oakley and Bobby Rainey
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers TicketsWestern Kentucky is known nationally for its amorphous mascot Big Red, its unique nickname the Hilltoppers and its competitive streak on the football field. The program has a rich history in the lower levels of college football dating back to its founding in 1913. Head coach Jimmy Feix, who led the team between 1968 and 1983, amassed more wins than anyone else in school history with 106. His teams made the championship game in 1973 and 1975 but lost both times. Jack Harbaugh took over in 1989 and led the team until 2002. In his final year as head coach, Western Kentucky won its first Division I-AA national championship with a win over No. 1 McNeese State by a margin of 34-14, avenging a loss from earlier in the season. The team finished the year with a 12-3 record and numerous personal awards. The school made the transition to Division I-A bowl subdivision football in 2009, first joining the Sun Belt Conference and then Conference USA. If you are a fan of Western Kentucky football, then you can find all game day tickets at StubHub.
Where does Western Kentucky play?Western Kentucky plays at the Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium, located on the school’s campus in Bowling Green. Opened in 1968, the stadium is named in honor of head coach L.T. Smith, who led the team in 1920 and 1921. The name was changed in 2007 after Houchens Industries made a $5 million donation to assist with renovations. The playing surface is named in honor of former head coach Jimmy Feix. When it’s full, the stadium has an official capacity of 22,000. In addition to standard seating and student seating, Western Kentucky also offers club seats, VIP chairs and other premium options for donors.
What can I experience at a Western Kentucky Hilltoppers game?In the hours leading up to kickoff, fans can enjoy food, drinks, tailgating and other activities around the campus area. During the game itself, fans can watch a pregame and halftime performance by the school’s Big Red Marching Band.
How is the tailgating scene at a Western Kentucky Hilltoppers game?Tailgating is allowed on most campus lawns and parking lots, though vehicles are restricted to lots only. Fans may begin setting up their equipment at 8 a.m. on the day of Saturday games. They are expected to follow the school’s tailgating policies.
Who are Western Kentucky’s biggest rivals?Western Kentucky shares an intra-state rivalry with Middle Tennessee State. Known as the 100 Miles of Hate, the matchup has been played almost every year since 1928 with the exception of a long hiatus between 1992 and 2006. Over the history of the rivalry, both teams have been concurrent members of the Ohio Valley Conference, the Sun Belt Conference and Conference USA. Western Kentucky also has a longstanding rivalry with Marshall University known as the Moonshine Throwdown. Both teams have played on a regular basis since the first matchup in 1941. The Hilltoppers used to compete with Eastern Kentucky in the Battle of the Bluegrass and Murray State in the Battle for the Red Belt, but these matchups have been infrequently played since WKU made the leap to FBS.
What is Western Kentucky Hilltoppers’ schedule?Western Kentucky opens the season with Central Arkansas and then conference foe Florida International. On September 14th, the team plays a neutral site game against the Louisville Cardinals at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. Following an off-week, Western Kentucky plays Conference USA foes UAB and Old Dominion. This is followed by a non-conference game against independent Army. The team then resumes its conference schedule against Charlotte, Marshall and Florida Atlantic, followed by a matchup against the SEC team Arkansas Razorbacks and then another off-week. The team finishes the regular season against Southern Mississippi and Middle Tennessee State.
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