Wildcats to celebrate 120-year anniversary of football

Since the late 19th century, Baker football has been a source of pride for the University, creating memories for generations of Wildcat fans.

A 22-9 victory over the University of Kansas in 1890 — the first intercollegiate football game played in the state — was the first chapter of the Wildcats’ storied history. One of the nation’s top small-college programs, Baker enters the 2010 season with 522 victories all time, 12 Heart of America Athletic Conference titles and 11 appearances in the national playoffs.

To commemorate the 120-year anniversary of Wildcat football, Baker University will celebrate the milestone during Homecoming Weekend. All former Wildcat football players are encouraged to attend Baker’s game against Heart of America Athletic Conference rival Graceland. Kickoff is 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23. Football alumni will be introduced during halftime ceremonies.

Pregame Tailgate Open to All Fans

Be sure to be a part of this festive tailgate luncheon at noon before the 2 p.m. homecoming game against Graceland.

All Baker alumni and friends of the University are welcome to the free barbecue under the tent across from Liston Stadium. The menu will include brisket, pulled chicken, baked beans, pasta salad, chips and drinks.

After the event, join us to cheer on the Wildcats!

Alumni Invited to Join Wildcat Pride Band

For decades the Wildcat Pride Band, known for its high-energy performances, has entertained football fans before and during games.

All former Pride members are invited to capture the spirit again, joining current band members for the Wildcat homecoming game against Graceland.

For more information on the alumni band event, contact Ray James, director of bands, at ray.james@bakerU.edu

KidZone Provides Fun

Young Baker football fans are welcome at the KidZone during the Homecoming football game. The KidZone will open an hour before kickoff and continue through the football game.

Free to children 12 and under, the KidZone will be located in a secure, enclosed area near the concession stand on the east edge of Liston Stadium. The supervised activities will include moonwalks, obstacle courses and other carnival-type games.

Postgame Event Set for Hickory Creek

Hungry Wildcat football fans are invited to wrap up an exciting weekend of homecoming activities by joining the current players and coaching staff for a postgame meal at Hickory Creek BBQ in the heart of Baldwin City.

After the game, Wildcat head coach Mike Grossner will visit with BU alumni and supporters of Wildcat athletics at the restaurant at 711 High Street.

Established in March 2004 by Ric and Angela Gere, Hickory Creek moved in 2006 into its current location, known years ago by many alumni as a former hardware store and later a pizza place.

Appetizers will be provided by Hickory Creek.

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