Spring Game Format Announced

Special to HNN Provided by Herd Zone
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.-Marshall Athletics has announced the format for Saturday's annual Green and White game, which is set for 3:30 p.m. at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

As has been the case throughout spring practice, the offense will wear green and the defense will wear white. The first two quarters will consist mostly of starters versus starters with a running clock. This year's scoring system will be a bit unconventional and points will be awarded by Marshall coach Doc Holliday and the staff as they see fit.

"The spring has been all about effort, and becoming a team, so we will decide which side of the ball deserves points on each series and will award accordingly," Holliday said.

Similar to the team's previous spring scrimmages, after the first half is complete, there will be another untimed series of plays that will be situational. Field goal attempts during the game will be live, all other special teams will be situational.

"Our offense vs. defense philosophy for the spring game gives us the best chance to improve as a team," said Holliday. "You will see our best against our best during the majority of the day. We are really young out there and loaded with talent. With only twelve days in pads it is important to make each day count. Our fans will we get an in-depth look at all areas of our team and see some guys they might not know much about."

The West Lot will open at 10:30 a.m. Saturday for tailgating.

"I encourage our fans to become better at tailgating just like I encourage our young men to become better football players," said Holliday. "We have some of the best fans in the country and it is time for them to raise the bar. (Athletic Director) Mike Hamrick and I will be circling the parking lots looking for the best tailgate and the winner will take home some season tickets and a cash prize."

Tickets for the game are $5 and parking passes are $20 per spot and can be purchased in advance by calling 800-THE-HERD or visiting HerdZone.com. Tickets and parking passes will also be available for purchase the day of the game. The Gate A ticket office at Edwards Stadium will open at 1:30 p.m. for the Choose Your Seat program. Ticket Office representatives will be available to answer all questions regarding season tickets.

Gates will open for all Green and White game fans at 2 p.m. Seating will be on the west side only and all fans, including MU students, must enter through Gates A, B and C. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Students will need to show their valid MU ID at the gate upon entering.

The turning on of the Memorial Fountain ceremony will take place at 12:30 p.m.

The Family Fun Zone in the Chris Cline Athletic Complex will be full of inflatables for kids and will open its doors at 1:30 p.m. You must have a Green and White Game ticket to enter. All fans are encouraged to bring their kids and view the new facility.

The Thundering Herd softball team will also be in action Saturday with a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. against FIU.

Weather permitting, fans will be allowed on the field after the Green and White Game to a meet and greet autograph session with players along with being a part of the "Championship Belt" presentation.

For any questions regarding the weekend activities, please call 800-THE-HERD.

Marshall Athletics thanks their friends at Kroger for sponsoring The Green and White Game.

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