Posted August 18, 2016

Temple Survival Guide: What you need to kick off the football season

K, Owls. So, next Friday. It’s a date? We’ll pick you up. Just remember to wear cherry and paint your face and carry a clear bag. Also, bring your OWLcard and your cheering voice. ’Cause we’re going to watch some football. Here’s everything you need to know before the first date game of the season.

  1. Get the basics.
    The Owls' first game, against Army West Point, is next Friday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. Temple plays at Lincoln Financial Field (aka the Linc, and also where some other birds in town play).
  2. Get a ticket.
    As a student, you’ll get one free ticket to every home football game―as long as you get it before they’re gone. Pick it up starting the Monday of game week at the Liacouras Center Box Office, or on the day or night of the game at Lincoln Financial Field’s West VIP Box Office. Either way, bring your OWLcard.

    Have a friend coming for the game? Get a student guest ticket. You can purchase one at the West VIP Box Office at the Linc the day or night of the game. They cost $10, and the limit is two per Temple student.  

    You can also buy a Wild Cherry Football Pass for $45, which includes an exclusive Under Armour T-shirt, the opportunity to take part in on-field promotions, the chance to travel to away and postseason games, and much more.
  3. Get pepped (and some free food).
    Don’t miss the Cherry On Pep Rally the day before the game (Thursday, Sept. 1, 3:30 p.m., Bell Tower). Snag some free food and T-shirts. The Diamond Marching Band and spirit squad will provide the entertainment. You provide the cheers.

  4. Get your gear.
    Dress the part, guys. If your wardrobe is lacking cherry, grab some Temple football apparel at the Under Armour Sideline Shop in Morgan Hall or the Main Campus Bookstore on the lower level of the Student Center.

  5. Get a clear bag.
    Short of an invisibility cloak, you’re not going to get in the Linc with a backpack or a drawstring. The stadium’s Clear Bag Policy allows you to bring a clear tote, resealable clear plastic storage bag or small clutch the size of your hand.

  6. Get on the bus.
    Take one of the buses that shuttle to and from the stadium starting three hours before the game. The buses can pick you up at five locations: 1300 Cecil B. Moore Ave., Johnson & Hardwick residence halls, the Student Center, 15th Street and Montgomery Ave., and the Ambler Campus commuter parking lot (the Ambler bus makes one pickup before kickoff).

  7. Get more free food.
    It wouldn’t be football without a tailgate. Meet and mingle with fellow Owls fans before the game in Parking Lot K (right next to Lincoln Financial Way). Free food, games, prizes. Again, bring your OWLCard.

  8. Get into the game.
    Just please, please, please remember to bring your OWLcard.

  9. Get your cheer down.
    This ain’t Don’t Forget the Lyrics. This is Owls football, and you need to know how to sing “T for Temple U.”

  10. Get home.
    When the game’s dunzo, find the buses waiting for you at 11th Street.

  11. Get ready to do it again.
    Oh, you thought it was fine to go to one game? HA! Owls are loyal—show it by heading back for the next one.

    Get the schedule and learn more about Temple football.

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