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Sept. 22, 2011
By Brittany Keithley, media relations assistant
*I-70 gives fans the best access into gates 2, 3 and 4.
FROM THE EAST: On I-70 Westbound take Exit 9 for the Blue Ridge Cut-Off exit. Turn left onto Blue Ridge Cut-Off. Enter Truman Sports Complex at Gate 2 or Gate 3.
FROM THE WEST: From I-70 Eastbound take Exit 7A onto 40 Highway. Follow for about 2.5 miles. Be sure to stay in the left lane crossing Stadium Drive. Turn right onto the Blue Ridge Cut-Off. Enter Truman Sports Complex at Gate 2 or Gate 3.
FROM THE NORTH: On I-435 Southbound take Exit 63B onto I-70 East. Remain in the right lane to take Exit 9 for the Blue Ridge Cut-Off exit. Turn right onto Blue Ridge Cut-Off and enter the Truman Sports Complex at Gate 2 or Gate 3.
FROM THE SOUTH:From I-435 Northbound take Exit 65 and head east for about one mile on Sni-A-Bar Road. Head north on Blue Ridge Cut-Off. Use Gate 3 or Gate 4 to enter the complex.
ALTERNATE SOUTH ROUTE: From I-435 North take Exit 66A. Turn right onto East 63rd Street and travel for about one mile. Turn left onto Blue Ridge Cut-Off. Follow Blue Ridge to the Truman Sports Complex and enter Gate 3.
Northwest fans should enter on the east side of the stadium through lots A, B, C, D or L, which have been designated for Northwest fans. To gain access to these lots, fans must enter Gates 2, 3 or 4 on the east side of the Truman Sports Complex.
If you enter a different gate than the one specified on your parking pass, you will be directed to the first parking space available on that side of the stadium.
RED & GOLD PASSES: Red parking passes are valid for any lot except E and M. Gold parking passes are valid for lots E and M.
BUS & RV PARKING: All buses and RVs should enter Gate 1 or 6. You will be directed to park in the RV lot behind Lot N or Lot A. No overnight parking is available at the stadium.
Parking lots will open three hours prior to kickoff at 11 a.m. Stadium gates will open 1.5 hours prior to kickoff at 12:30 p.m.
COMPLETE LIST: For allowable and prohibited items and other relevant information, visit goarrowhead.com.
PARK IN ONE SPACE: Tailgate in front of or behind your vehicle.
CARRY-IN BAGS: Bags or purses larger than 8 1/2" x 11" x 6" will not be allowed in the stadium.
BACKPACKS: For safety and security, no backpacks are allowed in Arrowhead.
RE-ENTRY POLICY: Once you exit the stadium, regardless of whether you have a ticket stub, you are not permitted back in the stadium.
Northwest Missouri State University fans are invited to a Bearcat pep rally at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, in Kansas City the evening prior to the annual Fall Classic at Arrowhead Stadium where the Bearcats take on conference rival Pittsburg State University.
The pep rally, which is free and sponsored by the Northwest Alumni Association, will be at the KC Live outdoor courtyard of Kansas City's Power and Light District at the corner of 14th Street and Grand Boulevard. For a map of the area, click here.
The family-friendly event will have plenty of Northwest giveaways and is open to fans of all ages. It is KC Live's policy that after 9 p.m. anyone under 21 must leave the venue.
Bobby Bearcat, the Northwest Steppers and cheerleaders as well as the pep band will be in attendance. The program on the KC Live stage will include performances by these groups and remarks from Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski and football head coach Adam Dorrel. Northwest alumnus and Vice President of Advancement Mike Johnson will serve as the pep rally's emcee.
Additionally, fans are invited to the Northwest Alumni Association's tailgate festivities, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Founder's Club at Arrowhead Stadium. The event immediately precedes the 10th Annual Fall Classic between Northwest and Pittsburg State, which kicks off at 2 p.m. at Arrowhead Stadium.
Food and beverages can be purchased at the tailgate, and there will be performances by the Northwest cheerleaders, Bearcat Steppers, Bearcat Marching Band and Bobby Bearcat. The Northwest Alumni Association also will provide giveaways.
"Arrowhead has become a really large event for Northwest with attendance averaging between 15,000 and 20,000 people," Alumni Relations Director Steve Sutton said. "It's a great opportunity for our alumni and friends to gather in a different setting outside of the University campus."
Tickets for the game are available, beginning at $25 for lower level seating. Tickets may be purchased by visiting Northwest's Student Services Center, located on the first floor of the Administration Building, or by calling 660-562-1212. Tickets also may be ordered by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000 or through ticketmaster.com.
Parking for the game is $20 per car and $30 for RV/Bus parking.
Parking lots will open three hours prior to kickoff at 11 a.m. Lots on the east side of the stadium (A, B, C, D, L) have been designated for Northwest fans. Fans must enter gates 2, 3 or 4 on the east side of the Truman Sports Complex to park in the designated lots. Fans wishing to tailgate must park in one space and tailgate in front of or behind their vehicle.
The stadium gates open at 12:30 p.m. Once fans exit the stadium gates, re-entry to the stadium is not allowed. For security reasons, backpacks are not allowed in Arrowhead Stadium. For a complete list of items that are allowed or prohibited in the stadium or other questions visit the "Fans First" tab at www.goarrowhead.com.
Northwest and Pittsburg State have combined to win outright or share the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association title in 20 of the last 22 seasons dating back to 1989. The Pittsburg State Gorillas have advanced to the NCAA Division II Playoffs in 15 of the last 21 years while the NWMSU Bearcats have qualified in 13 of the last 15 seasons, including five consecutive national championship game appearances from 2005-09.
The Bearcats won last season's fall classic, capturing a 22-16 victory in front of 16,504 fans. Northwest has won seven of the nine contests played against Pittsburg State at Arrowhead.
For more information about the events associated with the Fall Classic, contact the Northwest Alumni Association at 660.562.1248. To purchase tickets, call the Northwest Student Services Center at 660.562.1212 or click here.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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