Saturday will be a new experience for every Zips football fan, old and new, as Akron hosts Morgan State in the inaugural game at InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field with kickoff set for 2:00 pm.
With 30,000 people coming for the Zips’ football home opener, fans are encouraged to arrive on campus as early as possible with parking lots opening at 10:00 am. All gates will open at Noon this Saturday, two hours prior to kickoff for the Morgan State game.
There are four working entrances to InfoCision Stadium, located on each corner of the facility. Gates 1 and 4 are on the South end, closest to Exchange and the same end as the scoreboard. Gates 1 and 4 are the ONLY gates UA students can enter (with a valid UA student ID and the wristband picked up prior to the game). The general public may enter Gates 1 and 4, as well as Gates 2 and 3, which are on the North end, closest to Stile Field House along Vine Street .
To improve the traffic flow closest to the stadium, the Carroll (from the South) and Butchtel (from the North) exits off Route 8 will be closed from Noon-2 pm (or two hours prior to kickoff until kickoff on subsequent weeks). Fans will need to take the Perkins Street exit off Route 8 between those hours and proceed to campus from that point. The Wolf Ledges/Grant Street exits off Interstate 77 will remain open at all times.
Once parked and on campus, there will be a host of activities to supplement the fan experience. Each week:
- The Zips will arrive on campus approximately two hours prior to kickoff (expected time of arrival this Saturday is between 11:45 and Noon) and walk from the Carroll Street traffic circle, through the fans at Zips Fest, to Stile Field House. Fans are encouraged to welcome the team and show their excitement.
- A new tradition, the UA Marching Band and Cheerleaders will walk through campus, playing music, starting at Guzetta Hall and finishing at InfoCision Stadium. The march will take the group by the Student Union, through Zips Fest, along the Stile Field House and down Vine Street to the east side of InfoCision Stadium. Each week, the band and cheerleaders will stop at Zips Fest to perform at approximately one hour prior to kickoff. (This week, that performance will be at approximately 1:00 pm).
- While waiting for the Zips football team, band and cheerleaders, fans can enjoy Zips Fest, which will take place from 11 am-1:30 pm and is located at the Carroll Street traffic circle, behind the softball field and in front of the student recreation center. Zips Fest will feature inflatables, live music from The Breakfast Club, face painting, balloon artists, games, prizes and other fun activities for the whole family.
Being that this is the inaugural game at InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field, the pregame ceremony will be filled with pomp and circumstance and start earlier than most pregame activities. After the teams’ warm up, the field will be cleared for numerous ceremonies and festivities, starting at 1:32 pm.
The University of Akron Department of Athletics hopes you have a great time at this momentous occasion and asks for your patience and understanding as new traditions and expectations are set starting Sept. 12. The University and City of Akron will continue to monitor traffic flow patterns and other procedures in the coming weeks to best meet the needs of fans in the future.