Herd Fan Events Dominate Next Two Weeks

There will be numerous Marshall University events for Thundering Herd fans over the next two weeks as everyone points towards the season opener between MU and West Virginia University on September 2. Here are some events where you can get excited about football and some where you can meet the MU football staff up close and personal.

Tonight is "Paint the Capital City Green" in Charleston, at the Embassy Suites in downtown. This event is $35 and tickets must be purchased in advance, as none will be sold at the door. Mark Snyder will bring his captains to the event, which also features Herd basketball and Olympic sports coaches. WBES radio, 1240 AM in Charleston, will be live from 5-6 p.m., with the color voice of Marshall football Greg Cyrus hosting the show, followed by Woody Woodrum and Luke Beach on the "Insider Statewide" show on the ISP Sports Network (in Huntington on WRVC 930 AM).

Thursday the Huntington Quarterback Club will have a meeting at Benjy's Harley-Davidson on Fourth Avenue in downtown Huntington. Club president Mark George said the cost is $10 at the event, which will be held under Benjy's large tents on the tarmac between his two showrooms, and that includes food and beverages, with a cash bar. Tickets will be available there for the August 26 QB Club Reverse Raffle, one of the club's major fundraisers. Mark Snyder and his staff will attend Thursday's meeting, as well as the Reverse Raffle at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Huntington, and the "Insider Statewide" show will be live there as well.

Friday night is "Football Fest at Pullman Square" in downtown Huntington, on Third Avenue, sponsored by Kindred Communications. Kindred is the home of WRVC AM 930, and Woody Woodrum will do his show live from the Marshall Hall of Fame Cafe' from 6-7 p.m.; also from Kindred are "The Dawg, 93.7 FM" and "The Planet, 92.7 FM" who will broadcast live from Pullman Square beginning at 5 p.m. Mark Snyder and his coaches will be making their annual "Coaches Tour" and will start at the HOF Cafe' at 6 p.m., then be at Pullman Square at 7:30 p.m. and finish at The Union on Fourth Avenue in Huntington's downtown at 9 p.m. Football Fest is free and food and drink vendors will attend, as will the Huntington Heroes Indoor Football team. The Heroes will also move downtown next season to near Pullman Square at the Big Sandy Superstores Arena. Area high school coaches and players have been invited and the MU cheerleaders and Marco will attend.

On Monday, there will be a Marshall Ashland, Kentucky Quarterback Club meeting at the Ashland Elks Club. Not only Mark Snyder and selected members of his staff be in attendance, but MU athletic officials like Director of Athletics Bob Marcum, along with ticket and Big Green personnel will attend, starting at 7 p.m. The "Insider Statewide will be there once again, broadcasting live at 6:05 p.m., as well as at the "MU Women's Football Clinic" on Thursday, August 24. It is free to area women, who come to learn football from the MU coaching staff, as well as have fun. It is one of the best events of the seasons, but just for the ladies, at the Big Green Room of the Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

And, of course, Saturday's scrimmage is open to the public and will include the last "Choose-A-Seat Day" of the year, as Marshall tries to sell a record number of season tickets. Fans are encouraged to tailgate in the West Lot and there will be an inflatable area for children to play. The Dawg and The Planet will have remotes starting at 9 a.m. from the lot and the team will make the "Thunder Walk" from the Henderson Center at 10 a.m., as the practice is a game walk-through for the Herd. The team will hit the field for warmups at 11:30 a.m. and scrimmage beginning at 12:30 p.m. Big Green and ticket persons from Marshall will be on duty from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. to help with those wanting to buy tickets.

Finally, there will be a Marshall-West Virginia tailgate at the Putnam County Courthouse in Winfield, W.Va. on August 26 at Noon. There will be Mountaineer and Thundering Herd trivia for prizes, lots of food, drink and other vendors and two cars, one green and one blue, to hammer for a small charge. It is first come, first served and no alcohol is permitted.

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