SMU is ‘Home in the Heart of Texas’ for 2016 Family Weekend, Sept. 23-25

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SMU is ‘Home in the Heart of Texas’ for 2016 Family Weekend, Sept. 23-25

SMU Family Weekend 2016 bannerSMU family members from around the Metroplex and across the country will join their students in celebrating a beloved Hilltop tradition Sept. 23-25, 2016. SMU Family Weekend is coordinated by the Student Foundation‘s Family Weekend Committee.

Student research, creativity and innovation will be on display during the Fall 2016 Engaged Learning Symposium and Big iDeas Pitch Contest, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 23 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. Engaged Learning Fellows show their work 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and Pitch Contest teams will hold forth from 2-5 p.m. for the opportunity to win $1,000 in seed money for their projects.

Find the full schedule for 2016 SMU Family Weekend

Limited quantities of Boulevard BBQ tickets will be on sale at the Friday event from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the Clements Hall South Lawn. Faculty and staff members can claim four free football tickets for the 7 p.m. Battle for the Iron Skillet against TCU at the Ford Stadium ticket window with SMU ID. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 214-768-GAME or by visiting the Athletic Department website.


SMU Boulevard celebrationClear bag policy at Ford Stadium:
The only bags permitted on Game Day are those made of clear plastic, vinyl or PVC that do not exceed 12-by-6-by-12 inches; one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziploc or similar), or small clutch bags (about the size of a hand) with or without a strap. See the complete list of SMU Ford Stadium Game Day policies.

Giving back: In keeping with this year’s “Home in the Heart of Texas” theme, the SMU Student Foundation is partnering with Family Gateway, an organization that provides transitional housing and services for homeless families with children in Dallas County. Collection boxes for household items are available in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center and other locations.

Parking: On Friday, Sept. 23, Game Day parking is in effect. Please watch your e-mail on Thursday morning and plan to move your car if you usually park near Ford Stadium. Refer to www.smu.edu/athletics for a parking map.

— Sarah Hanan

September 21, 2016|Calendar Highlights, News|

New SMU safety policy restricts items allowed into Ford Stadium

Clear handbag

An example of the type of bag that will be allowed in SMU’s Ford Stadium under new safety rules starting in fall 2015.

As faculty, staff members and students prepare for the 2015 Mustang football season, SMU is sharing information about a new safety policy that will restrict items that may be carried into Ford Stadium.

The only bags permitted will be those made of clear plastic, vinyl or PVC which do not exceed 12-by-6-by-12 inches, one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziploc or similar), or small clutch bags (about the size of a hand) with or without a strap. The clutch does not have to be clear and may be carried separately or within an approved plastic bag.

SMU’s gameday policy is modeled after that pioneered by the National Football League and in place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington and all other NFL stadiums. Other universities, such as Penn State and Rutgers, have made similar changes to their policies to embrace what the U.S. Department of Homeland Security considers a “best practice.”

> Parking, relocation information for SMU 2015 home football games

The policy acknowledges the reality of contemporary public safety issues and allows for improved protection against items being smuggled into the stadium, as well as faster passage through security screening at stadium entrances.

Signs explaining the new Ford Stadium policy will be posted in and around SMU parking facilities to alert fans. Separate screening will be available at all gates for items that are medically necessary and do not fit the clear bag policy.

> DART Gameday Rider Alert: Changes in service for Mustang Express (768) and Museum Express (743) shuttles effective Friday, Sept. 4, 2015

Things that fans normally carry in pockets can still come into the stadium in pockets – such as keys and cell phones.

Clear bag chart, SMU Ford Stadium

The following items are prohibited from entering Ford Stadium:

  • Purses
  • Coolers
  • Briefcases
  • Backpacks
  • Computer and camera bags
  • Cinch bags
  • Diaper bags
  • Fanny packs
  • Luggage of any kind
  • Seat cushions with zippers, pockets or compartments
  • Outside food or drink (one sealed bottle of water permitted)
  • Laser pointers
  • Noisemakers
  • Footballs or throwing objects
  • Radios (except pocket size with headsets)
  • Animals (except those assisting disabled guests)
  • Firearms, weapons, or knives of any kind

Questions or comments should be directed by e-mail to SMU Athletics.

> Find a complete list of SMU Ford Stadium gameday policies

September 3, 2015|News, Sports|

Sports: The start of the 2013-14 season

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Photo c/o SMU Volleyball

Volleyball hosts SMU Classic: SMU volleyball has had a steady start to their season, sitting 2-2 after a loss to Baylor Tuesday night. On Sept. 6-7, 2013, the Mustangs will host the SMU Classic with matches against Grambling State and Davidson on Friday at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sam Houston State on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. All matches are free at the Dedman Center while Moody Coliseum is under construction.

Fall Soccer 

  • Men’s: The Mustangs will travel to Oklahoma this weekend for the Tulsa Tournament. They will face SIUE on Friday, Sept. 6 at 5 p.m. and Ohio State on Sunday, Sept. 8 at noon. The men are 0-2 for the season but Head Coach Tim McClements was happy overall with the team’s performance at the IU Credit Union Classic. “I think we responded well and learned a lot about ourselves as a young team.” (SMU Athletics)
  • Women’s: The Mustangs are off to the Carolinas this weekend for games against Davidson  Friday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. and South Carolina Sunday, Sept. 8 at noon. Since beginning the season in August, Head Coach Chris Petrucelli has become the 16th coach in NCAA history to reach 350 career wins.
Beau Barnes (94) deflects a pass during the Texas Tech game. Photo c/o SMU Athletics. Photo Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Beau Barnes (94) deflects a pass during the Texas Tech game. Photo c/o SMU Athletics. Photo Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sport

GameDay Central: The football season opener was held Aug. 30, 2013 and had the 3rd largest crowd in Ford Stadium history at 34,790 attendants. The first quarter ended in a tie but Tech continued to pull ahead and defeated the Mustangs 41-23. The Mustangs will play at home again on Saturday, Sept. 7 against Montana State at 7 p.m.

 

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September 6, 2013|Sports|

Ford Stadium upgrades to be ready for SMU’s 2013 football season

SMU's Ford Stadium at night

SMU’s Ford Stadium will get seven new suites and a 233-seat Hall of Champions Club in an upgrade to be completed for the 2013 football season.

SMU has announced another round of Ford Stadium upgrades, adding a new 233-seat Hall of Champions Club and seven new suites in time for the 2013 season and SMU’s move to the BIG EAST.

The new Club and suites will feature an indoor/outdoor design that will allow fans to enjoy both indoor amenities and outdoor ambience.

>  Check out artist renderings of the new Ford Stadium upgrades

The new upgrades come on the heels of nearly $3 million in stadium improvements prior to the 2011 season, including upgrades to the football locker room and team meeting rooms as well as a new playing surface. Those renovations included a new team meeting room with stadium-style seating as well as renovated positional meeting rooms.

Changes to the locker room included the creation of a new team lounge, as well as new lockers, updated graphics and audio/visual equipment.

For more information about premium seating opportunities in Ford Stadium or Moody Coliseum, please call the Mustang Club at 214-SMU-CLUB (768-2582).

> Read the full story at SMU News

February 20, 2013|News, Sports|

Sports: The Battle for the Iron Skillet, Women’s soccer at home

Equestrian starts strong: The SMU women’s equestrian 2012 season is in full swing. The Mustangs were victorious in their season opener against Delaware State on Thursday, Sept. 20 with a final raw score of 785-768. Sophomore, Emma Roberts, earned MVP honors in the meet. This weekend they are traveling to Kansas for meets against Kansas State on Friday, Sept. 28 at 3 p.m. and against Tennessee-Martin on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 at 9 a.m.

Soccer looking for wins: SMU women’s soccer has two games this weekend and is hoping for two at home wins. They will face UTEP on Friday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. and Colorado College on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m. The Mustangs are currently 0-1-1 in Conference USA after tying against Houston and losing to Rice last weekend. When talking about the upcoming weekend Coach Petrucelli said, “It’s go time for us as we need points to stay in the race. I’m confident in our team’s ability to play and believe success isn’t that far away.”

DFW Duel: The long standing Battle for the Iron Skillet will continue this Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 when SMU takes on TCU at Ford Stadium. Kick off is at 6 p.m. and the game will be broadcasted live on Fox Sports. The Mustangs enter the game 1-2 overall and 0-0 in Conference USA. The Horned Frogs enter 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the Big 12. SMU is currently in possession of the Iron Skillet after defeating TCU in Fort Worth last season with an overtime final score of 40-33.

Who’s at home next week: Women’s swimming will kick-off their season with an intra-squad meet. On Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 the Red and Blue Intra Squad Meet will be in Perkins Natatorium at 6 p.m. Men’s soccer will be at home on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. They will face Tulsa at 7 p.m. after traveling to Alabama to face UAB on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.

(photos and video courtesy of SMU Athletics)

September 28, 2012|Sports|
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