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Courtesy: Florida A&M Sports Information
GAMEDAY CENTRAL: FAMU vs TSU
By: Florida A&M Sports Information  
Release:08/24/2017

ADVISORY:

The Florida A&M vs. Texas Southern football game will kick off the NCAA Division-I football season as the game slated for a 12 noon kickoff has been designated the inaugural Jake Gaither Classic.  The game will be broadcasted on ESPNU.  The 12 noon kickoff will be great to get the day started, but also comes with its share of precautions.

To combat the temperatures, we will have additional health care providers in attendance.  Clearly marked tents and ambulances will be present.  The FAMU Health Services area will have free bottled water.  Free cups of ice will be available throughout the game.  A U.S. Army "water buffalo" will be available to patrons on the East side of the stadium.  FAMU Athletics will also serve a number of FREE snow cones for fans to enjoy.

We want to ensure the best game day experience for all fans, so here are a few tips:

1) Begin hydrating 48 hours before the game.  Despite what commercials tell you, water is the best hydrant available.  Sugary drinks could actually lead to dehydration.

2) Wear light clothing.  It is important to wear breathable fabrics and light-colored clothing.  Dark colored clothing radiates heat and is not advisable for the game.  In light of this, the first game is dubbed "The White Out."  Rattler fans are encouraged to wear white FAMU gear.

3) FAMU is in its move-in period, with students returning to Tallahassee to begin school Monday.  Traffic may be difficult to navigate, due to the increased density of cars.  Make sure to leave in time to arrive at the game in case there is any delay.

4) Gates to Bragg Stadium will open at 11 AM.  For practical reasons, the stadium will open to the public just one hour prior to kickoff.

5) Because of the move-in happening, FAMU Athletics will only secure parking in Bragg Stadium and the parking garage. All other lots will be available free of charge on Saturday to accommodate the move-in.

WEATHER FORECAST:

  • Weather forecast is courtesy The Weather Channel.

 FAMU football fans and visitors should remember the following: 

• Wear loose, lightweight clothing and a visor or hat; 

• Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty (no caffeine or alcohol); 

• Stadium concession stands will be stocked with twice as much bottled water as usual; 

• Take frequent breaks out of the direct sun – check out the cooling zones; 

• Ask for assistance from emergency medical providers and first aid staff if needed; 

• Event personnel, uniformed officers and EMS will be on the lookout for fans in heat distress; and 

• Lastly, have a great time!

Directions to Bragg Stadium:

From Tallahassee Regional Airport: 

•Exit right, go east until you reach first traffic light (Springhill Road).

•Make left onto Springhill Road and continue north until you reach Orange Avenue. 

•Follow Orange on the right to Wahnish Way. 

•Go left on Wahnish about 1/2 mile until you reach campus. 

•Stadium will be on left.

From I-10 West or East: 

•Take U.S. 27 Tallahassee Exit (North Monroe Street).

•Follow Monroe Street south for about five (5) miles until you pass the Florida Capitol Building on right. 

•Go south to FAMU Way, where you make a right turn.

•Continue west on FAMU Way, cross Adams Street and drive until you reach a traffic light (Wahnish Way). 

•Go left on Wahnish, go through one traffic light. Stadium will be on right about 1/4 mile.

From Atlanta and points North:

•Take U.S. 319 South through Thomasville, Ga.

•Continue south on U.S. 319 past Interstate 10 into Tallahassee.

•Take left on U.S. 27 (Monroe Street) south. Travel past the Florida State Capitol complex.

•Continue south on Monroe Street to FAMU Way.

•Make right on FAMU Way, cross Adams Street and travel west to Wahnish Way.

•Go left on Wahnish, go through one traffic light. Stadium will be on right about 1/4 mile.

From the South:

•Go North on I-75 (from Turnpike or Orlando) or North on I-95 (From Daytona or Miami) until you reach I-10.

•Go West on I-10 until you get to the US Highway 27 exit.

•Take left on U.S. 27 (Monroe Street) south. Travel past the Florida State Capitol complex.

•Continue south on Monroe Street to FAMU Way.

•Make right on FAMU Way, cross Adams Street and travel west to Wahnish Way.

•Go left on Wahnish, go through one traffic light. Stadium will be on right about 1/4 mile.

ADA Access:

In our never-ending quest to improve our services to our fans and supporters, the FAMU Athletics is working in conjunction with FAMU’s Office of Equal Opportunity (EOP) to better serve our constituents with mobility or other challenges. 

FAMU continues to make every effort to respond to concerns and to meet and exceed the disabled parking requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) and Florida Statue 553.5041, “Building Construction and Accessibility Standards.” 

BRAGG STADIUM FROM A-Z: Standard Stadium Procedures

CAMERA POLICY

Consumer level point-and-shoot cameras are permitted inside Bragg stadium. However, professional camera equipment, camera bags or camera lenses exceeding 6” in length, monopods, tripods and video cameras are prohibited. Any capture of images, still or motion, for the purposes of advertising, promotions, trade or resale by patrons is prohibited. The recording of events and the public distribution without prior written permission is a violation of FAMU Athletics, MEAC and NCAA policies.

CONCESSION

The concession stands located throughout Bragg Memorial Stadium, offer a great menu for fans. No outside food or beverages are permitted inside the stadium. Metz offers a wide variety of delicious menu options featuring our classic hot dogs, cheeseburgers, popcorn and Pepsi products.

ADA SEATING

Wheelchair spaces are located on the front rows of both sides of the stadium. One seat will be provided for a caregiver, directly behind wheelchair spaces.

EVACUATION

In case of evacuation, instructions will be given over the public address system. Gate personnel and ushers will assist directing fans to the appropriate exits. Do not try to re-enter Bragg Stadium after an evacuation until emergency personnel have instructed fans to do so.

EXITING AFTER GAMES

Guests will leave the facilities via the main gates. No guests are permitted on the field.

FIRST AID

If any patron requires first aid, the central station is located on the northeast and southwest corners of Bragg Stadium. They are clearly marked by an ambulance and an EMS staff and a tent. In case of emergency, please contact one of the game day operations personnel for assistance.

In case it is required, AED’s (Automated External Defibrillators) are located throughout the stadium.

GAME DAY POLICIES

Rowdy, threatening, unsafe or inappropriate conduct including profane, racial, sexist, abusive or intimidating comments or actions, fighting, smoking, drunkenness and throwing of any object in the stadium will not be tolerated and can result in ejection, arrest and/or loss of ticket privileges. FAMU, MEAC and NCAA policies strictly prohibit anyone from entering the sideline or field without proper credentials.

Violators may be arrested. FAMU reserves the right to remove the ticket holder from the premises if, in the sole discretion of security personnel, the ticket holder’s conduct endangers or disrupts the environment. All bags will be searched at the gates upon entering the stadium. Public address announcements are restricted to emergency situations only and must be requested through FAMU PD.

INCLEMENT WEATHER

In the event of inclement weather, (i.e. dangerous winds, tornado, electrical storm, etc.) all guests will be advised that it is in their best interest to seek shelter. Emergency instructions will be delivered via the public address system and the message boards when possible.

NCAA LIGHTNING POLICY

When lightning is detected within a minimum of 10 miles of the competition site, home team game management shall utilize the public address system to inform those in attendance that inclement weather, including lightning within 10 (or more) miles and that should patrons vacate the facility for safe shelter, they will be allowed to re-enter with a ticket stub. FAMU employs two lightening detection systems, which will aid in the determination of unsafe conditions. The contest will resume only after a 30 minute period of no lightening detections within the 10 mile radius.

LOST CHILDREN

Parents/guardians with a lost child should contact the nearest police officer or event staff member. That person will then contact the proper personnel to insure the quickest remedy to the situation. At the discretion of FAMU PD and game staff, public address announcements may be requested and executed. 

MERCHANDISE & 

GAME PROGRAMS

Merchandise vendors are located along the east side of Bragg Stadium, along Wahnish Way and inside Bragg Stadium. Official game programs are on sale inside the stadium and the area immediately around the stadium.

PAGING AND 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The public address system is used for game related information and emergency announcements only. In the event of an emergency in which guests attending the game must be located, please contact a member of FAMU PD for clearance.

PROHIBITED ITEMS

•Alcoholic beverages

•Baby seats/baby strollers

•Backpacks

•Bags of all types, except when used for medical or childcare needs

•Beach Balls, inflatable toys or laser pointers

•Coolers, containers or ice chests

•Explosives, guns, knives or weapons

•Folding chairs or stools

•Food and beverages

•Noisemakers of any type (i.e. bells, horns, whistles,

etc.)

•Personal heaters

•Tobacco of any kind including •e-cigarettes

•Umbrellas

V•ideo cameras

PERMITTED ITEMS

•Purses 14”x10”x10” or smaller

•Cameras with a 6” lens or less

Service animals with identification

•Carried rain gear, blankets or coats

•Pre-approved signs of poster board size or less

•Wheelchairs for ADA ticket holders

RADIOS/TELEVISIONS

Single speaker radios with ear phones and hand-heldtelevisions are allowed into the stadium/arena as long as their use does not interfere with other guests’ enjoyment of the game.

RE-ENTRY POLICY

Once a guest leaves the stadium, they will not be permitted back in. This is a FAMU policy and applies to every ticket holder. Guests should plan accordingly and bring everything they need to the stadium upon initial entry.

SECURITY CAMERAS

For the safety of all fans and for the enforcement of security

personnel, security cameras are utilized in Bragg Stadium. These cameras will be utilized by our security team as another tool to help make your stadium experience safe and enjoyable.

SMOKING/TOBACCO FREE

Florida A&M University is a smoke-free campus. This means no cigarettes, pipes, cigars, dip or chew anywhere on campus and includes Bragg Memorial Stadium.

THROWING ITEMS

The throwing of items is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. Anyone caught throwing items may be ejected from the stadium.

Florida A&M Athletics - Code of Conduct

FAMU Athletics hopes to provide a safe and enjoyable experience to fans at each and every athletic contest on our campus. Your cooperation with a few simple rules can help to ensure that it is indeed a great game day experience. Rattler fans are loud, but they are always respectful and show good sportsmanship to the visiting fans. 

The MEAC, NCAA and FAMU take great effort insuring athletic events are conducted in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere which promotes good sportsmanship by spectators, student-athletes and coaches. We request your cooperation by supporting the participants, officials, those around you, and event management in a positive manner and treating others with courtesy and respect. Refrain from throwing objects onto the field for any reason. Do not enter the playing areas at any time, unless directed to do so in an emergency situation, including aftergame celebrations.

Please be aware of the following when attending a football game in Tallahassee at Bragg Memorial Stadium:

•All persons entering the stadium are subject to reasonable search to protect the safety of the public and to ensure compliance with this Fan Code of Conduct.

•Do not enter the field of play at any time. This includes post game.

•Possession or use of illegal drugs is strictly prohibited.

•Be courteous to other fans, players, coaches and referees. Derogatory or threatening comments made by a patron could result in their ejection from the stadium or arrest by law enforcement.

•Smoking and tobacco products are prohibited in all areas of the stadium.

•No weapons are allowed on the premises of Florida A&M University.

•No outside food is allowed in Bragg Memorial Stadium.

•Persons entering the stadium are expected by abide by local, state and federal laws.

•Alcoholic beverages may not be brought onto the campus of Florida A&M University.

•Fans are expected to reply with requests from law enforcement, EMS and stadium public workers for the duration fo the contest. Fans ejected will not be refunded admission.


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