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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

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

By | 2015-09-03T14:26:05+00:00 September 3, 2015|Categories: News, Sports|Tags: , , , , , |

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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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

By | 2013-02-21T14:13:35+00:00 February 20, 2013|Categories: News, Sports|Tags: , |

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)

Family Weekend 2012: Boardwalk on the Boulevard

Expect the Boulevard to be packed this weekend; a record number of SMU families have registered to attend Family Weekend 2012, Sept. 28-30.

This year’s theme is Boardwalk on the Boulevard; President R. Gerald Turner said the theme “reflects the range of activities the students have planned for you to enjoy, from our talent show to Boulevarding before the Mustangs take on TCU.”

Antonea Bastian, Student Foundation’s Family Weekend chair, said, “Families are a very important part of our community, and this weekend is about celebrating them.”

Student Foundation put together a guide for the weekend and below are some of the highlights:

Friday, Sept. 28:

  • To kick off the weekend there will be a behind-the-scenes tour of Ford Stadium at 10 and 11 a.m.
  • Following the tour there is a family luncheon in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom at noon.
  • Families have the chance to Meet the Faculty of each school in their respective buildings at 2 p.m.
  • The evening holds two favorite traditions: the Taste of Dallas Dinner at 6 p.m. and the Talent Show at 8 p.m. Tickets to the show are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Saturday, Sept. 29:

  • This year’s Family Weekend is happening during the Second Century Celebration, so make sure to stop by the Centennial Hall Open House in the lower level of Hughes-Trigg from 3-6 p.m. for a family photo.
  • The annual BBQ on the Boulevard will start at 4 p.m. and kick off all Boulevarding activities.
  • As the boulevard winds down, head to Ford Stadium for the football game against TCU, the Battle for the Iron Skillet!
  • A Quick Look at The Battle for the Iron Skillet:
    • The game starts at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on Fox Sports
    • The rivalry dates back to 1915
    • SMU won their first game over TCU in 1923
    • TCU currently leads the series 44-40-7
    • The last time the Mustangs and Horned Frogs met, SMU was victorious with a 40-33 win in overtime

Sunday, Sept. 30:

  • SMU celebrates Catholic Mass at 9 a.m. and All-University Worship at 11 a.m.
  • Meadows Museum will be open free of charge from 1-5 p.m. It will be a great time to catch the Meadows’ latest blockbuster exhibition (and collaboration with the Prado), Diego Velázquez: The Early Court Portraits.

Sports: Women’s golf victorious, football faces Aggies Sept. 15

Women’s golf victorious: SMU women’s golf traveled to Nebraska Sept. 10-11, 2012, for the Chip-N Club Invite and came home with the title for the second year in a row. First-year Alexandra Rossi shot three over par and earned individual medalist honors in her first career collegiate match. (Right, Rossi courtesy of SMU Athletics.)

“Wear red, be early, and be loud”: SMU will face Texas A&M in the second home game of the season at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. SMU and A&M have met 78 times – the last on Sept. 4, 2011, when the Aggies defeated the Mustangs 46-14. Overall, the Aggies have a 42-29-7 edge, but this can change come Saturday. Look out for:

  • Margus Hunt: Hunt is a senior defensive end that first started playing in 2009. Since then he has broken the NCAA career record when he blocked his ninth career FGA in the 2012 SMU vs. SFA game. Hunt is currently on the Watch Lists for both Hendricks and Lombardi Awards, was named preseason All-Conference USA by several outlets and was named the No. 1 athletic “freak” in college football by CBSSports.com.
  • Kenneth Acker: Acker is a junior defensive back who this week was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week.
  • Zach Line: Line set a school record by rushing for five TDs in the 2011 Northwestern State game. Line’s 36 career rushing TDs are third all-time at SMU. This year Line is joined by his brother, PARADE Magazine All-American Prescott Line.
  • Darius Johnson: Senior wide receiver Johnson was named MVP in back-to-back bowl games, the Armed Forces Bowl (2010) and BBVA Compass Bowl (2012).

View the full roster and flood Ford Stadium with red this Saturday.

Bump, set, spike: SMU volleyball will finish off the tournament season with the Oklahoma Invitational, beginning this weekend. They will face Oklahoma on Friday, Sept. 14 and New Mexico and Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday, Sept. 15. The Mustangs enter the tournament with senior Courtney Manning named First Team All-Conference USA and All-Midwest Region honorable mention; and sophomore Caroline Young named to the C-USA All-Freshman team. (Below, SMU Volleyball courtesy of SMU Athletics.)

Men’s Annual Soccer Classic: SMU men’s soccer will host the Annual SMU Soccer Classic this weekend, Sept. 14-16, 2012. They will face Oakland on Friday, Sept. 14 and UC Davis on Sunday, Sept. 16. Currently the Mustangs are 40-11-4 all-time when hosting a tournament. This week, sophomore Tyler Engel was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week and selected to the TopDrawerSoccer National Team of the Week.

Looking Ahead: Upcoming Mustang matches at a glance….

 

SMU tapped to host 2011 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl logoIn 2011, the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will return to SMU for the second straight year. The 9th edition of the nationally-televised postseason college football bowl game will take place Friday, Dec. 30, in SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Kick-off time will be 11 a.m. CST, and ESPN will broadcast the game live.

SMU hosted the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl due to renovations at TCU’s historic Amon G. Carter Stadium, the game’s traditional venue. A facility-record crowd of 36,742 watched at Ford as Army posted a 16-14 win over SMU. The 2011 edition currently features a matchup between schools from Conference USA and the Mountain West Conference.

“We are excited to serve as the host of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl for the second-straight year,” said Steve Orsini, SMU’s director of athletics. “We enjoyed our association with the bowl staff and committee in 2010 and look forward to working with the group again in 2011. As we stated when we signed the initial agreement last August, the patriotism that this game represents is something with which we are proud to be associated.

“In addition, the hosting of this game in our stadium last December showcased our school and campus before a national television audience, and we look forward to having that opportunity again in 2011.”

> Read more from SMU News

Special pricing on 2010 bowl tickets for SMU faculty, staff and students

Armed Forces Bowl logoThe Mustangs will make their second consecutive bowl appearance in 2010 – and this time, the action takes place at home. SMU faces the Army Black Knights in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, in Gerald J. Ford Stadium.

Because the Armed Forces Bowl is a postseason game run by an outside organization, each attendee must purchase a ticket. To show appreciation for SMU’s faculty, staff and students, SMU Athletics is offering a 50% percent discount on game tickets to holders of valid SMU IDs – reducing the price from $40 to $20 each.

Faculty and staff may buy up to four (4) tickets at the discounted rate, and students may purchase one (1) ticket for personal use.

Discounted tickets must be purchased from the SMU Ticket Office, located on the north side of Ford Stadium. Show your SMU ID to receive the discount. Tickets go on sale Monday, Dec. 13, and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

> Find the latest information at SMUMustangs.com’s Bowl Game Central page

Ford Stadium opener to show off new art, upgraded A/V

Ford Stadium aerial viewFans at SMU’s first 2010 home football game against UAB Sept. 11 will notice some big changes to Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Among the most noticeable will be the new integrated video and audio system.

SMU’s new Daktronics videoboard measures approximately 32 feet high by 45 feet wide, and a new custom sound system will deliver pounding bass energy, smooth mid- and high-range frequencies, and high-impact entertainment throughout the stadium.

Fans seated in Ford Stadium’s Club Level will notice new wall murals throughout the 3rd floor, and visitors to the Hall of Champions will see a room filled with tributes to some of SMU’s greatest champions.

Over the past four years, SMU has undertaken a $60 million facilities plan, building new venues and improving existing ones. The $13-million, 43,000-square foot Crum Basketball Center, a basketball-only practice facility adjacent to Moody Coliseum, opened in February 2008 and the Turpin Tennis Stadium opened in April 2008. Ground has been broken for the SMU Payne Stewart Golf Learning Center and renovations to Moody Coliseum, which began in 2008 with the installation of a new $900,000 video board and redesigned court, continue.

The 2010 home slate consists of six games. SMU will begin Conference USA play at the UAB home opener.

> Read more from SMU News

By | 2010-09-08T15:48:46+00:00 September 8, 2010|Categories: Calendar Highlights, News|Tags: , , |
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