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September 23, 2008

Tailgating growing at Tech, space may now be reserved

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- As pregame Tailgating activities continue to grow in popularity prior to Tennessee Tech's home football games in Tucker Stadium, Regions Bank Tailgate Park is getting more and more crowded.

That's great news, say Tech officials, who are now allowing fans and groups to reserve spaces in the tailgating area.

"We're thrilled with how the pregame activities continue to grow," said Mark Wilson, TTU Director of Athletics. "Fans are coming out earlier and taking advantage of the opportunity to have a good time before the game, and to extend their experience of attending a Golden Eagle football game.

"Regions Bank Tailgate Park is really a fun place to be for fans coming to the game," he said. "It's really getting to be an exciting atmosphere."

Because of the popularity, fans and groups have the opportunity to reserve space in the tailgating area. Persons wishing to reserve space should contact Misty Pearson, Director of Corporate Sales and Marketing for Tech Athletics. She can be reached by calling (931) 372-3937.

Reservations are not required, Pearson said.

"Some fans want a specific space, so this is their chance to reserve that space," she said. "Some fans want to just show up at the game and find a place and get their tailgating activities there.

"Either way, there's plenty of room in the Regions Bank Tailgate Park, so we want to just continue to encourage people to come out early and be a part of the fun," she said.

Thursday night's game is Military Appreciation and Public Safety Night, so many special exhibits will be on display at Regions Bank Tailgate Park, in addition to the regular features including kids activities. The park opens at 4 p.m.

For tickets to the game, call the Athletics Ticket Office in Eblen Center at (931) 372-3940.