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Ball State to boost fan experience at football finale

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Cardinal fans can view video board, drive away happy

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 6:15 am

Ball State athletics has secured a video board for its final home football game of the season at 8 p.m. Nov. 14 against Mid-American Conference power Ohio University, and one lucky fan will receive a car courtesy of Stoops Automotive Group in Muncie.

"We are excited to be able to bring a video board to Scheumann Stadium for the first time in school history, and offer a fan the chance to drive away in a new car," Ball State Athletics Director Bill Scholl said in a release. "The video board will be a great addition to the facility for the Ohio game and help our fans to be able to interact throughout the game."

The video board was made possible through corporate sponsors Mutual Bank, Tom Raper RVs and The Grove, while the Grand Prize giveaway is courtesy of Stoops Automotive Group.

In addition, the Ball State game vs. the Bobcats will be a "Black Out." All fans are encouraged to wear black, and the football team will showcase black jerseys for the first time in school history. Ball State will be giving out glowsticks to the fans.

"We play a very exciting brand of college football and have the No. 1 offense in the Mid-American Conference," Scholl said. "This video board will enhance the experience for our fans at the game. We have some great relationships with corporate sponsors who have made the video board and car giveaway a reality. It should be a great night of football in Muncie."

Among the numerous game promotions for the contest, one fan is guaranteed to win a new GMC Terrain from Stoops Buick GMC on the night of the game. The winner will receive a two-year lease on the 2013 vehicle and must be in attendance to win.

"It has been an exciting season so far and the support from the university community has been terrific," Ball State football coach Pete Lembo said. "We hope everyone will come out to Scheumann Stadium on Nov. 14, and see our team one last time in an important MAC matchup against preseason favorite Ohio."

The game will also be Senior Night, Employee Appreciation Night and Military Appreciation Night. Ball State will honor the senior members of the 2012 football team prior to the game. All Ball State employees can buy general admission tickets at the reduced rate of $7 up to a maximum of four tickets per employee. The first 20 employees who call and order four tickets can have two kids participate in the fan tunnel before the game. Anyone presenting a military identification card to the ticket office can receive one free ticket to the game.

Ball State's Student Government Association and Cardinal Wings have teamed up to present a T-shirt exchange. When someone turns in a T-shirt from another university or a high school at the Scramble Light on the Ball State campus from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 12, they will receive a black Ball State T-shirt in return for the "Black Out" game. All donated shirts will be given to the Muncie Mission.