Kansas Soccer Announces 2016 Promotions Schedule
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Riding the wave from its highest home attendance in program history a year ago, the Kansas Athletics Marketing and Fan Experience staff has put together several classic gameday promotions during the 2016 Jayhawk home soccer schedule to ensure another fun and action packed season at Rock Chalk Park.
Gameday traditions such as Salute to Service, Bark in the Park and the Jayhawks for a Cure match are all included during this season’s 10 home matches, but new creations like the Soccer Heritage Match and Olympics Night will add a fun feel to the 2016 schedule.
KU opens its 2016 schedule with a pair of exhibition matches on Aug. 9 and Aug. 12. Jayhawk fans will get their first look at the 2016 squad when KU welcomes the Butler Bulldogs on Tuesday, Aug. 9 for an 11 a.m. kickoff. The game will include free admission for Junior Jayhawks members as well as $5 for parents of Junior Jayhawks. Kansas soccer magnets and schedule cards will also be handed out to fans in attendance.
The final friendly, an Aug. 12 date with the Creighton Bluejays, will be Back to School Day at Rock Chalk Park. All youth (ages 13 and under) will be admitted for just $3, with tickets for parents only $5. Posters, magnets and schedule cards will be available for all fans.
Kansas will open the regular season on Aug. 19 inside Rock Chalk Park against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The game will serve as Public Safety Day, with Lawrence Police Department vehicles on display in the Rock Chalk Park concourse. Fans in attendance will also be able to get their hands on Jayhawk-themed sunglasses. Participants from any of the KU Soccer Summer Camps will also be invited to attend, as the match will serve as Camper Reunion Day. Campers will be admitted for $3 and their parents for just $5.
Rock Chalk Park will feature an Olympic atmosphere on Aug. 21 when the Marquette Golden Eagles come to town for the 7 p.m. match. Fans are encouraged to wear their favorite country’s colors as the Rio Olympics are set to conclude that very evening. Douglas County Special Olympics will be also be on hand to cheer on the Jayhawks and compete in a halftime scrimmage.
A fan favorite, Bark in the Park, will be held on Aug. 26 when Kansas takes on former Big 12 foe Colorado. Furry friends will be admitted with a donation to the Lawrence Humane Society and will also have a chance to get their paws on a KU dog bandana. The Lawrence Humane Society will host an adoption day with several dogs on hand looking for homes.
When the Pittsburgh Panthers come to town on Sept. 9, all active military personnel and first responders will be honored on Salute to Service Day. Those members of the armed forces and police, fire and medical units will be admitted for only $5. Kansas Thundersticks will also be available to all fans in attendance.
The Jayhawks open Big 12 play on Sept. 23 when the Texas Tech Red Raiders come to town. The match will serve as Soccer Heritage Day. The first 500 fans will get to claim a limited edition KU soccer scarf. The Lawrence Food Pantry, Just Food, will also have barrels set up around Rock Chalk Park and fans are encouraged to bring food items to donate.
West Virginia (Oct. 7) is Fan Appreciation Night and will feature a soccer jersey koozie giveaway as well as a balloon artist. Sporting Kaw Valley, the largest youth soccer league in Lawrence, will also bring its players and parents when the Jayhawks welcome the Mountaineers.
On Oct. 9, Kansas will host its ‘Jayhawks for a Cure’ match against Oklahoma State. Fans wearing pink will be admitted for $5. Pink poms will also be handed out to fans in attendance with cancer survivors set to be recognized on the field pregame.
Kansas will host its Senior Day on Oct. 28 when the Jayhawks welcome in Iowa State. The match will also feature a Halloween Celebration with fans encouraged to wear their favorite costume. KU players will host a trick-or-treat session on the field following the match.
The KU players will also host three postgame clinics during the season. Following the matches on Aug. 9, Aug. 21 and Oct. 9 youth ages 13 and under will be invited on the field to take part in activity and instruction from the Jayhawks.
The Kansas Alumni Association will host a pair of pregame tailgate parties in the Rock Chalk Park parking lot prior to the Aug. 19 and Oct. 7 matches. All fans will be welcome to enjoy the festivities.
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