McLane Kickoff Weekend is Here

Aug. 28, 2014

The wait is over. The opening of Baylor's beautiful new McLane Stadium has arrived. Starting Thursday, a series of events spanning several days will kickoff the opening of McLane Stadium culminating with the defending Big 12 Champion Baylor Bears taking on old Southwest Conference rival SMU to start the 2014 season.

Baylor fans have access to multiple gameday resources available to help them plan and enjoy McLane Stadium.

While shuttles will be available to transport fans from downtown and campus lots, everyone who is able is encouraged to walk and soak in all the sights and sounds of downtown Waco and the Baylor campus as the new and exciting experience of on-campus college football comes to Waco.

As you prepare for McLane Stadium’s Kickoff Weekend, here is the current schedule of events:

Thursday, Aug. 28

Traditions Rally and Community Celebration at McLane Stadium, a free community-wide event to celebrate the upcoming season and provide fans a preview of McLane Stadium before the Bears’ first game. Parking is free, and concessions will be available throughout the evening.

4:30 p.m.: IFC Tailgate at Touchdown Alley (students only)

5:30 p.m.: Stadium Doors Open for All Guests to Explore the Stadium

6:00 p.m.: Delta Tau Delta Concert Featuring The Bart Crow Band at Touchdown Alley (students only)

7:30 p.m.: Season Opening Pep Rally

8:15 p.m.: Free Phillip Phillips Concert (; Fireworks Show Follows

*NOTE - A downtown shuttle will be available beginning at 5:30pm until 10:00pm. Fans can pick-up the shuttle at Heritage Square at 4th and Austin with drop off at University Parks at the pedestrian bridge.

Friday, Aug. 29

Texas High School Football featuring Aledo vs. Cedar Park at 7:30 p.m., McLane Stadium. Advance tickets will be available through the schools only, but tickets for the general public also will be on sale at the stadium on gameday.

Saturday, Aug. 30

“Henry McArdle: Texas Painter, Patriot, and Baylor Professor” exhibition at Baylor’s Martin Museum of Art

3:00 p.m.: A round-table discussion about McArdle and his work, Lecture Hall 149 next to the museum galleries with SMU McArdle scholar Sam Ratcliffe and Texas Collection Director John Wilson moderating a panel discussion with exhibition lenders.

4:30 p.m.: Public Reception

Sunday, Aug. 31

GAMEDAY - Baylor vs. SMU at McLane Stadium

8:00 a.m.: Parking Lots Open, Tailgating Begins

2:30 p.m.: McLane Stadium Ticket Center Opens

2:30 p.m.: Bill Daniel Student Center Ticket Office opens for redistribution of returned student tickets (students only)

3:15 p.m.: Dedication of Robert Griffin III Statue, McLane Stadium, South Plaza

3:30 p.m.: Touchdown Alley Opens

4:00 p.m.: Bear Walk, Near Touchdown Alley and The Baylor Alumni Network Tailgate Tent

4:30 p.m.: All McLane Stadium Entrances & Gates Open

6:00 p.m.: Touchdown Alley Closes

6:16 p.m.: Pregame Show

6:35 p.m.: Kickoff

Baylor In-Game App Now Available

Baylor fans will be able to enjoy the in-game experience at McLane Stadium like never before through the Baylor In-Game App, which today was officially rolled out by Baylor, Baylor Athletics, Extreme Networks and Yinzcam.

The Baylor In-Game App is the first college athletics application to provide instant replays from multiple views to fans, right at their seats, at McLane Stadium. This combination of Wi-Fi gear, software applications and content, sponsored by Baylor University, makes McLane Stadium the first college stadium/major college team to employ the same big-time technology used by professional teams.

By delivering on its vision for an immersive fan experience, Baylor fans will have the freedom to enjoy their wireless devices — whether smartphone, tablet or laptop computer — and access in-seat mobile video replays, team information, customized camera angles and up-to-the-minute real-time statistics, as well as online parking assistance that includes traffic routes to and from the stadium based on a fan’s parking location.

Another bonus for fans in the stands: Wi-Fi coaches will be present throughout the stadium to assist fans with connecting their mobile devices to the network. A select team of 20 students from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business Information Systems (IS) Department will be wearing bright vests on gamedays to help fans who would like to configure wireless to get on the network and use customized services.