CLEVELAND – A historic night is on tap when the Case Western Reserve University football team opens the 2014 campaign versus rival Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) on Saturday, September 6.
The Spartans will play for the first time as affiliate members of the Presidents' Athletic Conference as the game will count towards both the PAC and University Athletic Association standings. The game is also tabbed as the 29th Annual Academic Bowl between CWRU and CMU.
Along with the game, DiSanto Field will serve as host to several special recognition ceremonies and the department's annual fireworks show.
Tickets can be purchased at the event. There is no pre-sale.
Fireworks Night Presented by Independence Excavating and Precision Environmental
Just minutes after the conclusion of the game, the CWRU Athletic Department will present Fireworks Night made possible by the generosity of Independence Excavating and Precision Environmental. The companies are supporting the event in recognition of the October 9 dedication of the DiGeronimo Fitness Center in the Wyant Athletic and Wellness Center. With the exception of 2012, Fireworks Night has been an annual event at CWRU since 2005.
Free T-Shirts will be distributed to 500 CWRU students courtesy of First Year Experience and Family Programs.
1984 Football Team to be Honored
Members of the 1984 CWRU football team will be recognized prior to the game. This past spring, the team was presented with the first "University Award for Athletic Excellence" on the 30th anniversary of its undefeated season. The nationally ranked squad, with nine future All-Americans, caught the attention of college football and welcomed a new era of success on the gridiron at CWRU — a tradition that continues today.
2014 PAC Kickoff Classic
PAC Commissioner Joe Onderko will be on hand and joined on the field pregame by officials of each school as part of the conference's game of the week.
2014 Spartan Tennis Team to be Honored
At halftime, the CWRU tennis team will be recognized for its run to the 2014 NCAA Elite 8. Eric Klawitter and CJ Krimbill put an exclamation mark on the team's historic season with an NCAA Doubles Championship.