The games are a sellout for the tenth straight year, according to a release on Tuesday from the Charleston Civic Center. The women's game will be heard locally in Huntington on the Marshall University student station, WMUL 88.1 FM, and televised on a statewide network including WVPBS Channel 33 (channel six on Comcast cable in Huntington) in the Charleston-Huntington area.
The men's game is going to be seen on a statewide television network, including WOWK TV-13 in the Huntington-Charleston area. The men's game will be heard on 21 stations on the Thundering Herd/ISP Sports Network, including Huntington's ESPN 930 AM and The Dawg, 93.7 FM and Charleston's WKAZ 107.3 FM. Airtime on Huntington's station from the Civic Center will be at 4 p.m. when Jeff Crawford hosts the afternoon drive from the South Hall at the Civic Center on 93.7 FM, and Woody Woodrum brings the Insider Sportsline to Huntington at 4:05 p.m. on ESPN 930, joined from 5-6 by Charleston's ESPN 1490 AM, with updates on the women's game. At 6 p.m., Woodrum joins "The Crawdawg" for an extended pre-game show until 7:30 p.m., including interviews with those attending. Last year, both MU President Stephen Kopp and West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin joined the show. The Thundering Herd/ISP Sports Network pre-game is at 7:30 p.m. There will be free giveaways including Herd Insider 2009 calendars and the new issue of Herd Insider.
On the day of the game, there are two big events in Charleston. First, the Marshall Big Green is hosting a "Herd Madness" event at 11:30 a.m. at the Charleston Marriott (next to the Civic Center) on the day of the game. The cost is $15. Both MU head coaches, Donnie Jones and Royce Chadwick, will speak at the buffet lunch. There will be door prizes and a special video presentation of Marshall basketball wins. Call the Big Green for reservations, 866-443-7310 by Wednesday morning at the latest to reserve a seat.
On Wednesday evening, the Capital Classic reception is sponsored by the Marshall University Alumni Association from 6-8 p.m. in the South Hall of the Civic Center, and admission is free. There will be live music, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.
If you are a Marshall student and need a ride, the Student Alumni Association and the Student Government Association will be offering two charted coach busses to the event. The first will leave from the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus at 4:30 p.m. and will arrive at the Charleston Civic Center in time for the start of the women's game. The second bus leaves at 5:30 p.m. and will arrive at the Civic Center in time for a pre-game reception in the South Hall or in time for the second half of the women's game. Each bus has 49 seats. Students wanting to reserve a seat on either bus may do so by e-mailing SGA President Matt James at email@example.com. Slots on the buses are handed out on a first-come, first-serve basis, so the first 49 people to respond for each time slot will have the opportunity to ride. Students e-mailing James should specify which bus they want to ride; the one that leaving at 4:30 p.m. or the one that leaves at 5:30 p.m.