ANN ARBOR, Mich. –
The University of Michigan Athletic Department has announced a partnership with Slippery Rock University that will bring the Rock to Michigan Stadium for a regular season football game on Oct. 18, 2014, during a Michigan football bye week. Slippery Rock will face rival Mercyhurst University from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, marking its third appearance at the Big House for a football game.
“Slippery Rock has a special place in the hearts of our fans,” said Dave Brandon, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics. “We have embraced this relationship for decades and thought now would be the appropriate time to entertain another game at Michigan Stadium. We look forward to making this an entertaining day for the fans of both schools and our Michigan fans who wish to attend this event.”
“We are extremely excited to play a game, once again, at the Big House,” said Paul Lueken, Slippery Rock Director of Athletics. “This is a tremendous opportunity for our student-athletes, coaches, support groups and Rock football fans. I could not think of a better place to spend a fall Saturday afternoon, experiencing college football at the University of Michigan. We thank Dave Brandon and his staff for renewing this tradition of support between two great universities.”
This will be the third time that the Rock has played a football game at Michigan Stadium. Then U-M Athletic Director Don Canham invited Slippery Rock to play during its Band Day event on Sept. 29, 1979, a 45-14 loss to rival Shippensburg in front of 61,143 fans. Two years later, Slippery Rock returned to play Wayne State, falling by a 14-13 score on Sept. 12, 1981.
Michigan football season ticket holders can purchase general admission tickets for only $10 during the season ticket renewal period in the spring and non-season ticket holders can buy tickets for $20 in the spring as well. Student tickets will be free and there will be a special group rates available.
Michigan Athletics, in partnership with the Michigan Marching Band, invites high school bands from across the state of Michigan to participate in this special event at the Big House and take advantage of this unique opportunity to perform on the field with the Michigan Marching Band.
Michigan has announced the Slippery Rock score at its football games for decades, a tradition that continues to this day. In 2010, Brandon invited a contingent from Slippery Rock to be recognized at a home game against Wisconsin.
For more information on the game, visit MGoBlue.com/slipperyrock