EMU v. Howard open thread (updated)
If you go to the game this afternoon, be sure to pack your poncho. We’re looking at about a 30% to 40% chance of thunderstorms around game time. I’m not a meteorologist, and I don’t pretend to understand how they come up with those predictions, but when I look at the radar map, rain looks pretty darn likely. Also, dress cool and drink plenty of water. The high temperature for today is forecast for about 90 degrees, but that will be at 3:30 when Western Michigan and Michigan kick off; by EMU’s kick off at 7 pm, it should be down into the mid-80s.
Unlike opening games the last two years, EMU has already started classes. This means that the Convocation Center parking lots won’t fill up quite as early, but they do always tend to fill up quickly anyway. As in the past, a courtesy shuttle will be running between all designated parking areas and the stadium.
All the parking lots are designated tailgating areas, and tailgating is permitted before the game, but not during (duh) or after (boo!). Drinking games, common source alcohol containers (kegs, punch bowls, etc.), glass beverage containers, and animals are prohibited, as is under-age drinking.
I’ve not seen any official announcement, but the normal alumni relations tailgate will start at 5 pm in from of the main (west) entrance to Rynearson, and I’m guessing the free Eagle’s Landing Fan Zone, featuring inflatables, games and contests, music, entertainment and more, will happen in its usual spot just outside Gate 1 on the west side of Rynearson Stadium.
There have been no announced changes to the stadium procedures. Gates to the stadium will open one hour before kickoff, which for today means 6 p.m. All bags are subject to search upon entry to Rynearson Stadium, although I’ve never actually seen anyone’s bag searched here. If you need to leave the stadium, you’ll need to have your hand stamped and show your ticket stub to get back in.
Items prohibited from Rynearson Stadium include alcohol, coolers, outside food and beverages, cameras or camcorders on tripods, strollers, weapons, laser lights, illegal substances, and backpacks/bags over 10 x 10 (inches, I assume). Smoking is prohibited in the stadium, but there are designated smoking areas just outside. Explicitly allowed items include sealed water bottles, seat cushions, blankets, rain gear (they don’t say anything about umbrellas, so I’m guessing they’re permitted, but we should have a pretty good crowd so please don’t!), binoculars without a case, pagers (people still use them?), cell phones, hand-held cameras, small radios, diaper bags (with a baby), and purses smaller than 10 x 10 (again, I assume this is inches).
Restrooms are located under the stands on both sides of the stadium, as well as inside the Convocation Center. EMU says they’re all handicapped-accessible, but unless they’ve made off-season improvements, you’ll have to go into the Convocation Center for baby changing stations.
If you’re not able to make it to the game this afternoon, there are several other ways to keep up to date.
- The MAC has been doing some free online football streaming this week. I’ve not seen an anouncement about this game, but if you’re going to watch online, I’d check there first. Update (8:38 am): As this post went up, MAC Director of Communications Jeremy Guy tweeted that this will be a free stream.
- Watch online streaming video on Eagle All-Access. A monthly subscription is $9.95, a fall subscription (order by September 10, good though November 13) is $29.95, or an annual pass is $79.95.
- Listen to the game on WEMU, 89.1 FM. Or, if you’re out of the area, listen online for free.
- If you hunt around online, you’ll find several websites claiming to have free streaming video of the game. I’m dubious, and some of the sites seem sketchy, so I won’t link them here, but they shouldn’t be too hard to find if you look.
You could also talk about it in the comments here. (Tip: WordPress’s nice mobile version is enabled — no special URL, just point your phone’s browser to eagletotem.wordpress.com) And if you can’t wait until 7 pm to talk about football, feel free to get a head start this morning. It’s an open thread, so comments on any topic are legit.