A new chapter in the "Battle of the Piney Woods" football rivalry begins Saturday, Oct. 23 when Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin meet at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

One of the highlights of game day that Saturday will be the giant tailgate party at Reliant Stadium.

Sam Houston State's tailgate site will be Reliant lot 22 (South Kirby Lot).

H-E-B is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the "Tailgater of the Game" contest for the "Battle of the Piney Woods"showdown.

H-E-B Tailgater of the Game judges will be roaming the Reliant Stadium parking lots trying to find the best tailgate setup at the Battle of the Piney Woods on October 23rd. 

Fans are being challenged to make H-E-B a strong feature in presenting their tailgate experience to the judges who will be looking for team spirit, food (exclusive H-E-B presence is a must!), originality and hospitality in their search to crown the H-E-B "Tailgater of the Game".

Sam Houston fans are ready to take the challenge, get the creative juices flowing, and show the H-E-B judges  a great tailgate experience!  The winning tailgate will be recognized during the game on the video board and will win an H-E-B gift card.

With only the 26,000 seats in the lower bowl at Reliant Stadium available for purchase, tickets are going fast.

Battle of the Piney Woods tickets are now on sale through the university's athletic websites at Fans also can purchase tickets at the Sam Houston athletic ticket office located in the Ron Mafrige Field House in the south end zone at Bowers Stadium or by calling ticket office at (936) 294-1729.

Ticket prices range from $15 to $35. Sam Houston State season ticket holders will have premium ticket locations included in their packages. Only lower bowl seating will be open at Reliant Stadium for the "Battle of the Piney Woods." Sam Houston fans will be seated on the west side of the stadium while the SFA section will be on the east side.