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Friday, September 06, 2019 6:20 pm

Indiana touts gameday experience improvements before home opener

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Indiana football opens its 2019 home schedule at Memorial Stadium on Saturday with a matchup against Eastern Illinois. The game against EIU is one of three straight home matchups, including a much-anticipated clash with No. 5 Ohio State on Sept. 14. 

Indiana has taken steps to improve the experience of attending Hoosiers football games for this season. Among the changes Indiana has made this year are:

– Selling beer and wine at Memorial Stadium: the Hoosiers partnered with Upland Brewery to sell a variety of drinks at the stadium. Drink sales will stop at the end of the third quarter and purchasers will be limited to two drinks per purchase. Among the drink options are 16-oz domestic beer for $7, 16-oz craft beer for $8 and 250-ml cans of wine will be $9.

– Cleaned up restrooms: the bathrooms in the main concourse of the stadium have been improved with new roofs, lighting and fresh paint.

– Tiered ticket pricing: four different prices of tickets will be available for each home game, with the cheapest tickets costing $20. The cheapest youth tickets are $10. For more information on ticket prices, go to https://iuhoosiers.com/news/2019/5/29/iu-introducing-new-tiered-football-single-game-ticket-pricing-for-2019.aspx

– Names back on jerseys: the Hoosiers took player names off the back of jerseys for the 2018 season, but will return them this year so fans can more easily recognize the players on the field from a distance.

"We pride ourselves on offering one of the most welcoming, family-friendly and affordable gameday experiences in the Big Ten, and we’re excited to activate these new options and additions for our fans to enjoy beginning this weekend," athletic director Fred Glass said in a statement. "There’s no better place to be on a football Saturday than at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, and I’m confident that these changes will enhance what was already an outstanding football game experience."

Of course, the best way to ensure a pleasurable gameday experience is for the Hoosiers to play well, keeping crowds in the stadium until the final buzzer sounds. After a 34-24 win over Ball State in Week 1, Indiana is trying to give the fans a 2-0 start with another win Saturday.

dsinn@jg.net