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Kansas Spring Game Scheduled For Saturday At Memorial Stadium

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas Athletics has planned a full day of events and activities for the annual Kansas Football Spring Game this Saturday, April 28. Kickoff is at 1 p.m., on Kivisto Field at Memorial Stadium and admission is free.

The game will be televised live on Metro Sports in the Kansas City area and on Kansas 22 throughout the rest of Kansas. It will also be broadcast live across the state of Kansas on the Jayhawk Radio Network on stations in Lawrence, Wichita, Hutchinson, Hays and Liberal. Additionally, it will be broadcast on tape-delay in Kansas City on 610 Sports. The game will also be streamed live on AT&T Jayhawk All-Access.

The day will begin with the `Train Like A Jayhawk’ clinic for kids grades 1-6 on the football practice fields adjacent to the southeast corner of Memorial Stadium. The clinic, in which stations will be directed by KU football players, will go from 10-11 a.m.

The Hy-Vee Hawk Zone will then open at 11 a.m., in lot 91 just south of the football practice fields and feature inflatable games for children. The fourth annual Bike Rodeo will also begin at 11 a.m., in lot 91. The Bike Rodeo will feature a bicycle course and free bike inspections, courtesy of Douglas County Fire and Medical. In addition, kids 15 and younger will be custom-fitted with a free bicycle helmet (while supplies last) as they learn about bicycle rules of the road, trail etiquette and pool safety.

The University of Kansas and the City of Lawrence will rename stretches of two streets after former KU football coach and player Don Fambrough. The ceremony, which will feature KU officials, Lawrence City Commissioner Hugh Carter and Fambrough’s son Preston, will take place at 11:15 a.m., at what is now the intersection of 11th and Maine Streets.

Gates to Memorial Stadium open at noon and fans can receive a free 2012 commemorative schedule poster, magnets and schedule cards. In addition, Kansas Athletics will distribute bracelets as part of the halftime drug-free pledge children and their parents can make with head coach Charlie Weis and senior quarterback Dayne Crist. Additionally, 1910 Jayhawk lapel pins will be available while supplies last and Axe Deodorant will be distributing samples at the entrance gates.

The KU Store will be open at three locations. Stands on both the east and west concourses will be open from noon until the end of the game, while the store location on the south side of the stadium at the bottom of Campanile Hill will be open from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. All store locations will have all items on sale for 50% off.

Kansas Athletics and the Williams Fund U Hawks Nest have partnered with Coca Cola and KU Catering to provide a free tailgate for KU students before the Spring Game. Prior to kick-off KU students can enjoy pregame tailgating on Campanile Hill beginning at 11:30 a.m. Coca Cola and KU Catering will provide free hot dogs and drinks to the first 1,000 KU students in attendance.

Located on Campanile Hill the tailgate will also include a variety of tailgating games. In addition Williams Fund U Hawks Nest members in attendance will have the opportunity to win one of three prizes including a tailgating kit, a football autographed by Kansas Football head coach Charlie Weis, and the grand prize flat panel television.

With the entire stadium open for seating, fans will be allowed to enter the stadium at the NE, SE, NW, SW and west ramps as well as the suite elevators. Kansas Athletics and KU Parking and Transit have announced that they will accept donations of non-perishable food items to benefit Just Food.

Parking for the Spring Game is free. KU Parking and Transit, however, will be on hand to assist fans with questions about open parking and to accept food donations. Fans can donate food at the entrances to Lot 94 east of Memorial Stadium and Lot 59 on the west side of the stadium. Donations will also be accepted in lots 50 and 52 with entrances off of West Campus Road and 11th Street. Lot 91 will be reserved for the bike rodeo.

KU will begin the 2012 season on September 1 vs. South Dakota State. The Jayhawks will also host non-conference opponent Rice (Sept. 8) before Big 12 rivals TCU (Sept. 15), Oklahoma State (Oct. 13) Texas (Oct. 27/Homecoming, K-Club Weekend, Parents Weekend) and Iowa State (Nov. 17) visit Lawrence.

Season tickets for the six-game home schedule are now on sale for as low as $199. The Family Plan, which includes two youth and two adult general admission tickets, is $350.

Fans can purchase their season tickets at the Spring Game at ticket tables throughout the concourse and in sections 3 and 9 inside the stadium seating area. Season tickets may also be purchased in the ticket office located on the west side of Memorial Stadium. Additionally, tickets are available online at www.kuathletics.com, by calling 800-34-HAWKS or in-person at the Allen Fieldhouse ticket office.

About Just Food:

Just Food operates as the primary food bank resource for all of Douglas County as well as an emergency food pantry for low-income customers seeking food assistance. Just Food works to consolidate efforts to secure food donations and provide a larger storage capacity than is possible at individual food pantries. This approach allows Just Food to reduce the “Feast and Famine” cycles of small local pantries by more equitably distributing food products from a larger Just Food warehouse supply. For more information about Just Food, go to http://www.eckan.org/justfood.

About the Williams Fund U Hawks Nest:

The Williams Fund U Hawks Nest is a partnership between the Williams Education Fund and Student Union Activities to encourage school spirit and support for Jayhawk athletic teams by its members. Members enjoy free tailgates, giveaway and other special events throughout the year while also building Williams Education Fund Priority Points. This allows members to fully enjoy the collegiate experience why building a head start on Williams Education Fund ticket priority before graduation. For more information about the Williams Fund U Hawks Nest please contact the Williams Education Fund at 785-864-7051.

About Derek Nester

Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. 6 radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on 69 radio stations across 9 Midwest states.