Full Schedule in Moscow This Weekend

There are a ton of things going on this weekend in addition to the Vandal football game Saturday afternoon. The Idaho volleyball team continues their critical homestand as they host UC Santa Barbara Saturday night (7pm). In addition, Idaho soccer takes to the field Friday afternoon hosting Gonzaga in a non-conference tilt, then host Utah State Sunday afternoon. It's also Ag Days in Moscow, and the Cougs are home this weekend too..expect crowds!

MOSCOW - If you're planning to be in Moscow this weekend to help black out the Kibbie Dome when the Vandals host Louisiana-Monroe, keep in mind there will be a total of 5 home contests for Vandal athletic teams along with a variety of activities for the entire family.

Volleyball, Soccer, and Football on tap

The Vandal volleyball squad continues its bid to return to the NCAA tournament when it plays host Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in a 7 p.m. Thursday match at Memorial Gym. The Vandals dropped two Big West Conference matches on the road last week but hope playing on their home court will help them build on their 8-5 season record (2-3 in BWC action). Cal Poly, traditionally one of the top teams in the conference, comes in with an 0-5 BWC record.

"We can still have 20 wins this year, but to do that we have to take care of the teams at the bottom of the conference and take 3 wins from the top teams," coach Debbie Buchanan said Monday at the Latah County Vandal Boosters luncheon. Long Beach State (which swept the Vandals 3-0 last week) and UOP share the top spot in the conference with 5-1 records followed closely by UC Santa Barbara at 4-1. The Vandals handed Pacific its only conference loss 3-1 in Stockton in the opening week of conference play.

Friday afternoon the Vandal soccer team will take a break from conference action when it hosts Gonzaga in a 3 p.m. match at Guy Wicks Field. The Vandals dropped a pair of conference games last week but hope that playing their next 4 games at home will put them back into the thick of things in conference action. Friday evening, football fans have a chance to take in a prep game when the Moscow Bears, coached by former Vanadal Doug Fisher, host the Lewiston Bengals. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. at Moscow High.

The highlight of the weekend will be the Vandal football game against ULM. Vandal Game Day activities begin at 10 a.m. on the North Field outside the Kibbie Dome, and kickoff will be at 2 p.m. PDT. After the game Vandal fans are invited to meet the coaches at a post-game reception at Best Western University Inn. Saturday evening, the Vandal volleyball squad will tangle with UC Santa Barbara at Memorial Gym in a crucial 7 p.m. BWC match. The Vandals upset the Gauchos at Memorial last year and are hoping for a repeat performance this weekend.

Closing out a busy four days will be a Big West Conference soccer match Sunday as the Vandals host Utah State in a 12 noon contest at Wicks Field.

Vandal Preview, Ag Days, family activities at U of I

In addition to a busy schedule of home athletic events, the U of I will be holding a couple of traditional fall events this weekend. Thursday and Friday will be Vandal Preview Days for regional high school juniors and seniors and their parents who are invited to tour the campus to learn about academics, activities, and financial aid. They can also tour a variety of housing options, visit the Student Recreation Center, and eat on campus.

Coinciding with Vandal Preview Days will be Ag Days Thursday through Sunday. Potential Ag students as well as department alumni will participate in a chili cookoff and food activity fair Friday, and as part of the Vandal Game Day experience the department will hold a beef barbecue from 11 a.m. to kickoff. Adjacent to the barbecue will be a kids carnival organized by U of I student clubs.

Saturday morning, the Ag Days Vandal Rally will take place at 11:30 on Main Street in downtown Moscow which will coincide with the weekly Farmer's Market in Friendship Square. The Farmer's Market runs from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, and shoppers can expect to find a variety of fresh produce, arts and crafts, and fresh baked good.

Monday, the Latah County Vandal Booster Club invites all Vandal fans to attend its weekly luncheon meeting at 12 noon at University Inn to hear a recap of the week's athletic events and reports on next week's opponents.

TailGating at THE UI

State Board of Education policy allows alcohol at pregame functions but only in areas designated by the University.

Where are these areas?

The field to the north of the Kibbie Dome has been designated for Vandal Game Day – the pregame function open to the public. You cannot bring alcoholic beverages into this area, although they will be available for purchase. You must have a game ticket to access this area. The VSF lots to the west of the Kibbie Dome are open to private pregame functions. Access to these lots is to those with qualifying VSF parking permits. Those permits are given to donors who meet two minimums – they are donors of at least $250 and they are season-ticket holders. Qualifying members received their parking pass with their season tickets. Information on VSF memberships is available by calling 208-885-0259.

There are corporate and private-function tents on the northeast end of the Kibbie Dome outdoor fields. These are open only to those with an invitation. Contact Tom Morris at 208-885-2794 for information about private parties or corporate functions.

What is available on the north field?

There will be various food and beverage vendors and entertainment area. There also is an alcohol-free area for children.

Can UI students attend these functions?

All ticket holders are welcome to attend the pregame functions. Only those 21 and older can consume alcohol.

What if I am not a VSF member?

Non-VSF members will be directed to Vandal Game Day on the North Field. Alcohol-free functions are allowed in the non-VSF lots.

As a qualifying VSF member, may I invite non-members to my function in the VSF parking lot?


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