Tarleton fans gather at Cowboys Stadium for LSC Football Fest
Tarleton State University
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas—Tarleton State University’s proud defenders of the purple and white converged on Cowboys Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 15 to witness the Texans take on Abilene Christian University in the 2012 Lone Star Conference Football Festival—an event that drew more than 33,000 fans across three days of competition.
The Tarleton-ACU rivalry, which dates back to 1920, was on display yet again in the two teams’ 32nd match-up—this time on football’s largest stage in Arlington. Despite a great effort by the Texans, unranked Tarleton fell to the No. 20 Wildcats, 34-31, in the final minutes of the contest.
“This was one of the greatest events I have ever been involved in as a player or coach, and our student-athletes got to play on the biggest stage in football,” said the Texans’ head coach Cary Fowler. “The greatest thing was the Tarleton alumni and fans. It was by far the greatest showing for all teams involved. TSU was out in full-force Saturday afternoon. A huge thank you from our coaches and players to all the Tarleton fans who were at the game.”
Tarleton was one of nine LSC member programs participating in the 2012 Football Festival, now in its second year of existence after a successful inaugural event at Cowboys Stadium that drew 24,837 spectators.
“It was a privilege that the Lone Star Conference selected us to take part in this prestigious event. I believe that our athletics program is one of the top programs in the nation and that was backed by the tremendous support by our fans last Saturday,” said Tarleton director of athletics Lonn Reisman. “We were extremely proud of the support from our fans at Cowboys Stadium. I felt like our fans were a level above everyone else. They showed tremendous Tarleton spirit and everyone associated with Tarleton should be proud of the way we were represented Saturday, not just in the game, but in the stands as well.”
Joining the Texan football squad at Cowboys Stadium was the university’s marching band, The Sound and the Fury, which provided halftime entertainment and music throughout the game, as well as Tarleton’s cheerleading squads and the Texan Rider mascot, the Texan Stars dance team who performed routines on the sidelines and during halftime, the Purple Poo and Plowboys, and members of the ROTC Texan Battalion Color Guard who carried in the flags to midfield as part of pre-game ceremonies.
Conference officials reported this year’s Football Festival attracted 33,180 fans for six games, including an estimated 12,000 spectators for the 4 p.m. Tarleton-ACU contest.
“Our second edition of the Football Festival was another great success and brought unparalleled exposure to our conference,” said LSC Commissioner Stan Wagnon. “We had a national TV broadcast, we had a Top 10 play that was shown on ESPN’s SportsCenter and then tweeted to more than 3.9 million followers, and we had a quarterback interviewed during a regional broadcast of the Texas Rangers baseball game.
“On top of that, we had better than 8,000 people from the Southlake and Temple communities who joined us and learned about the LSC, its member universities, and certainly our football product,” Wagnon added. “We believe this event adds great value to holding membership in the Lone Star Conference and provides a unique experience for students and fans alike.”
Prior to the Texans’ kick off, Tarleton fans gathered at noon south of Cowboys Stadium for food, fun and fellowship at the Texan Alley Tailgate, sponsored by the university’s Recreational Sports Department. It is estimated that more than 1,000 purple-clad faithful attended the tailgate, which featured live music by Tarleton alumnae Courtney Patton and The Mike Stanley Band, games and free food.
“It was a great atmosphere for college football,” said Robert Nimmo, director of Recreational Sports. “The Texan Alley was well attended by students, alumni, family members and friends of the university. Numerous faculty and staff, as well as prospective students from the metroplex, also attended.”
Official attendance reports released by the LSC at the conclusion of the 2012 Lone Star Football Festival include: Thursday – 3,426 (Midwestern State vs. Texas A&M-Commerce), Friday – 10,620 (Eastern New Mexico vs. Incarnate Word and Southlake Carroll vs. Temple), and Saturday – 19,134 (Angelo State vs. Valdosta State, Tarleton vs. Abilene Christian and West Texas A&M vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville). Each of the six contests averaged 5,530 fans in attendance, the LSC reported.
“We are creating an exciting atmosphere at Tarleton State University. Anyone who was in Arlington last weekend could see the excellent support of our fans just by looking into the stands,” Reisman said, inviting fans to future athletic events. “We want to continue to spiral upwards and encourage people to come home and continue to support the Texans because our fans are so vital to our success.”
This weekend the Texans will play host to the Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds at Tarleton’s Memorial Stadium as part of Family Weekend festivities. Kick off is set for 7 p.m. Fans are invited to tailgate prior to the game at Texan Alley, located adjacent to the stadium and Recreation Sports Center.
For the latest on Tarleton athletics and team results, please visit www.tarletonsports.com. Information about the LSC and its member universities can be accessed at www.lonestarconference.org.
Tarleton State University
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Contact: Kurt Mogonye