Over the first two weeks of camp, Aug. 5 to Aug. 16, select fall camp dates will be open to the media and public.
"Our guys feed of the energy of the fans, whether it's at our games or at our practices," said Petrino. "We want to invite our fans out to see the work these guys have put in over the summer and be able to experience our program from another angle. I think it will be great to have them out there, rooting our guys on, and showing their support as we work through a very demanding fall camp."
Practices will be split for the first four days of camp, as newcomers and veterans work through different programs before coming back together for their first full team camp on Friday, August 9.
When the practices are split (August 5-8), newcomers will hit the field at 2 p.m. while returners will begin at 5 p.m. After coming together on Aug. 9, practices will run 9-11:30 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 4-6 p.m. for the second practice of two-a-days on Tuesday and Thursday. The first practice of those days is closed. Over the course of the two week open period, practice will also be closed Saturday, Aug. 10 and Monday, Aug. 12.
All practices will take place inside Houchens-Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium but are subject to change. Fans are asked to enter the stadium from the Avenue of Champions in the east corner and remain on the east side of the stadium. WKU respectfully requests that fans refrain from using their cell phones, including videotaping any portion of practice, taking pictures, texting, or posting to social media.
WKU opens the 2013 season on Saturday, Aug. 31 when the Hilltoppers face Kentucky at LP Field in Nashville at 6:00 p.m. CT with tickets currently available for purchase. Tickets are priced at $67 for club level, $47 for lower level sideline, $32 for upper sideline and $22 for upper corner seats for the Kentucky game. Parking passes for this game may be ordered through Ticketmaster.com or through the WKU Ticket Office. The first 4,000 WKU students at the game on August 31 with a valid ID will receive a free ticket to the game. After 4,000, student tickets will be $13.
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Upcoming WKU Football Calendar of Events
August 4 – Players Report
August 5 – First Practice
August 10 – WKU Football Media Day [Closed to Public]
August 17 – Football Fan Fest (formerly Family Fun Day) at Knicely Conference Center on WKU's South Campus from 2-4pm CT
August 31 – WKU vs. Kentucky at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. at 6:00 p.m. CT