Pitt State releases gameday info for October home football game

Carnie Smith Stadium will operate at about 25% capacity.
Carnie Smith Stadium Pitt State


PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has released game information for the Gorillas 2020 football home opener against the University of Nebraska-Kearney scheduled for Oct. 31.

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The game will now have a 12:05 p.m. (CDT) kickoff time at Brandenburg Field/Carnie Smith Stadium after originally being scheduled for a 1 p.m. start time. Due to stadium capacity limits, the game will be broadcast live in the Four States on KSNF TV with Pitt State alumni Brian Johnston (play-by-play) and Kendall Gammon (color analyst) calling the action. The game also will be streamed online on themiaanetwork.com and will be broadcast live, and streamed, on PSU’s radio partner, ESPN 100.7 FM.

“We are tremendously excited to share this game information for the 2020 football season opener,” PSU athletic director Jim Johnson said. “We are thankful to be in a position to bring a home football game to the PSU campus and the Pittsburg community later this month, after an arduous process from last spring to now. There is something tremendously unifying and exciting about Gorilla Football for our many constituencies; and, we are especially excited for our student-athletes and our new coaching staff to be able to get onto the playing field.

“We have great appreciation for the Crawford County public health officers and the work they’re doing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” Johnson said. “Their guidance was critical as we established game day procedures that enable us to provide a safer experience for our student-athletes, coaches, and fans.”

Below is ticket, stadium capacity, tailgating, parking and other pertinent information related to the game. We will continue to share more information as it becomes available.

Tickets/Stadium Capacity
There will be no reserved seats for the contest due to stadium capacity limits and social distancing protocols that will be in place. Tickets will be sold as General Admission ($10) and Preferred General Admission ($15), which includes all Club Seat sections of the stadium.

Tickets must be pre-purchased by Noon Friday, Oct. 30, in person at the PSU Ticket Office in the Garfield Weede Building or by phone by calling (620) 235-4796. There will be no online sales. The PSU Ticket Office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tickets will go on sale Monday, Oct. 12, to 2019 and 2020 season ticket holders and Endowment for Excellence members.

PSU student tickets may be picked up beginning Monday, Oct. 12.

Remaining tickets will be available to the general public beginning Wednesday, Oct. 14. There will be no game day ticket sales.

Individuals may purchase up to a maximum of eight tickets for the contest, while PSU students may claim one ticket per valid student ID.

Ticket purchasers will be required to sit in the stadium section that corresponds to the purchased ticket(s). Fans will be asked to socially distance within each section (immediate family members may sit together).

There will be no complimentary admissions or reduced price ticket offers of any kind, except for player parents and coaches’ families. This includes any program or group who would normally receive complimentary admission (Endowment, PSU employees, PSU retirees, etc.).

Player parents will sit in Sections LL, MM, NN, SS, TT and UU. Visiting Fans will sit in Section U. PSU Students, as well as Cheer and Dance squads, will sit in Sections K, L, M, N and O. General public sales will be for the remaining 18 sections in the stadium. The stadium will operate at approximately 25 percent of normal capacity.

The band will be seated in the stands in the north end zone and will perform pregame as well as at halftime.

Will Call for purchased and player parent tickets will be located at the Bicknell Center to avoid lines and density of people. These tickets will be distributed starting at 9 a.m. on game day and only at the designated location.

There will be a bit less pregame pageantry with the game. There will be no tailgating options for the game and no corporate or individual tents in Gorilla Village. But, some good news:  free parking!

Fans will be asked to present a game ticket to enter the lots east and west of McPherson Hall. These lots will open at 10:30 a.m.

Stadium Entry/Exit & Masking
Designated gates will be used for entrance and exit to Carnie Smith Stadium on both east and west sides. A no reentry policy will be enforced at the game. Stadium gates will open at 10:30 a.m.

All attendees to the football game must adhere to the University Masking Policy.