NATCHITOCHES -- Local residents can cash in for an entertainment-packed outing on Saturday, Sept. 8 on Natchitoches Parish Appreciation Night at Turpin Stadium as the Northwestern State football team kicks off its five-game home schedule with a 6 p.m. contest against Arkansas-Monticello.
A discounted $5 general admission ticket is available in advance of game day through the NSU athletic ticket office (318-357-4268) using the promotional code "NSUParish." Patrons can purchase up to four $5 tickets, representing a 60 percent savings over standard ticket costs.
Fans are encouraged to wear purple on the official "Purple Out" game. Skydivers will deliver the game ball to the stadium after the stirring pre-game show, starting at 5:40, when the Spirit of Northwestern marching band makes its 2012 debut.
Tailgating will take place all day long centered around the Demon Alley tailgating area, featuring the Collins Family Pavilion, on the old practice fields just south of Turpin Stadium. The Vic's Kids' Zone in Demon Alley will feature inflatable games and face painting for children of all ages.
"The Northwestern State Demons are proud to call Natchitoches and Natchitoches Parish home and look forward to thanking the community for its support during Natchitoches Parish Appreciation Night on Sept. 8 at Turpin Stadium," said Chris Lansdell, assistant athletic director for marketing and promotions. "The people of this community do so much for NSU and we thought this would be a great opportunity to show them our appreciation as we get ready to kick off another exciting season of college football."
Other single-game and season tickets can also be bought online at the NSUDemons.com website by clicking on the "tickets" button on the home page.
The Sept. 8 contest is the first of two home games in September, along with the Sept. 22 non-conference contest against Mississippi Valley.
Southland Conference competition includes two home games in October, against Lamar on Oct. 6 and homecoming on Oct. 27 against Nicholls. The final home game is Nov. 10 against defending Southland champ and 2011 national runner-up Sam Houston State.
All five home games kick at 6 p.m. in Turpin Stadium.