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Bearkat Fan Guide from A to Z
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Release: 01/12/2011
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Bearkat Sports Network
The Bearkat Sports Network is broadcast locally on 101.7 FM. Broadcasts may also be heard on
www.gobearkats.com with the pregame show beginning 30 minutes prior to kickoff. A premium video subscription is also available for fans wishing to view the games for $8.95 a month. For more information, go to www.gobearkats.com.

Camera Policy
Point-and-shoot cameras are permitted inside the stadium. Professional camera equipment or cameras with long telephoto lenses are prohibited inside the stadium.

The concession stands are located on the East and West Concourses at midfield. No outside food or beverages are permitted.

Disability Parking
Disability parking with a state-issued hang tag is available in the West lot which is located on the press box side of the stadium.

Disability Seating
For information on disability seating call the Bearkat Ticket Office at (936) 294-1729, or visit the ticket office located in the Ron Mafrige Field House at 620 Bowers Blvd.

Disabled guests should enter Bowers Stadium at the Elevator entrance on the West side of the stadium near gate 2.

Wheelchair spaces are located at the top of sections the West Concourse of Bowers Stadium.

Elevator access is for Media, Suite holders and game service personnel. If elevator access is needed for fans with disabilities, please contact an event staff worker.

In case of evacuation, instructions will be given over the public address system. Gate personnel and ushers will assist in directing fans to the appropriate exits.     

Exiting after Games
Guests will leave the facilities via the main gates. There is no exiting through gates in the South end zone area. Guests are permitted on the field once the visiting team has exited the playing surface.

Fan Code of Conduct
Bearkat fans are the best of the best.  They model this by loudly supporting the Kats and displaying respect and good sportsmanship toward the visiting team and visiting fans.  The NCAA, Southland Conference and SHSU have assigned a high priority to assuring athletic events are conducted in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere which promotes good sportsmanship by spectators, student-athletes and coaches.  We request your cooperation by supporting the participants, officials, those around you, and event management in a positive manner and treating others with courtesy and respect.

First Aid
Fans in the stadium requiring first aid should find a uniformed police officer or Stadium Event Staff Personnel. EMS is located under the scoreboard.

Game Day Policies
Rowdy, threatening, unsafe or inappropriate conduct including profane, racial, sexist, abusive or intimidating comments or actions, fighting, smoking, drunkenness and throwing of any object in the stadium will not be tolerated and can result in ejection, arrest and/or loss of ticket privileges.  SHSU policy strictly prohibits anyone from entering the sideline or field without proper credentials.  Violators will be arrested.  SHSU reserves the right to remove the ticket holder from the premises if, in the sole discretion of security personnel, the ticket holder's conduct endangers or disrupts the environment.  All people must have a ticket, regardless of age, to enter the stadium. 

Gates Open/Gate & Elevator Locations
Public Will Call is located at Gates 2 and 3 and opens 90 minutes prior to kickoff.  Elevator access opens 2 hours before kickoff for Suite Holders only.  All gates open 90 minutes before kickoff. 
Gate 1    Visiting fans East side general admission and Student entrance
Gate 2    Reserved seating and West side general admission
Gate 3    Reserved seating and West side general admission
Gate 4    Reserved seating and West side general admission

Gate 5    Visiting fans East side general admission

Inclement Weather
In the event of inclement weather, (i.e. dangerous winds, tornado, electrical storm, etc.) all guests will be advised that it is in their best interest to seek shelter. Emergency instructions will be delivered via the public address system and the message boards when possible.

Lost Children
Parents/guardians with a lost child should contact the nearest police officer or event staff member.  That person will then contact the proper personnel to insure the quickest remedy to the situation.  A lost child will be taken to EMS personnel under the scoreboard for safe keeping until the situation is resolved.

If a child gets separated from his/her party, he/she should notify the nearest police officer or event staff member. If the child knows his/her seat location, attempts will be made to return the child to that location.

Lost & Found
During the game you may check the concession stands or the main ticket booth for lost items.  After the game, all unclaimed items will be turned over to the facilities operations manager.  If you have any questions please contact 936-294-2521. 

Merchandise & Game Programs
Merchandise stands are located inside the stadium. Official game programs are on sale throughout the stadium.

Paging and Announcements
The public address system is used for game related information and emergency announcements only.  In the event of an emergency in which guests attending the game must be located, please contact an usher or an event staff worker.

All parking on the Sam Houston State campus (excluding the parking garage) are available for game day parking at no cost. The parking lot immediately in front of the Ron Mafrige field house and the lot at Don Sanders Stadium are closed on game day. The main parking lot at Bowers Stadium is for pass parking only.

General Public Parking
Fans are encouraged to arrive early. Free campus public parking is available between the intramural fields and Johnson Coliseum. Parking along the streets will not be permitted and will be subject to towing.  Vehicles parked in the median on Bearkat Boulevard will be towed.

Reserved Parking
Certain lots will be reserved on game days.  Parking passes for Bearkat games at Bowers Stadium are available through the Bearkat Champions Fund.  For information about Bearkat Champions, please go to www.gobearkats.com.

Disability Parking
Disability parking with a state-issued hang tag is available in the west parking lot on the press box side of the stadium. Please contact the Ticket Office for other request or questions.

Prohibited Items at Bowers Stadium

-Alcoholic beverages
-Animals (except service animals)
-Beach Balls
-Cameras (professional equipment or cameras with long telephoto lenses)
-Coolers or containers

-Flag poles
-Folding chairs or stools
-Food and beverages
-Ice chest
-Laser pointers
-Noisemakers of any type (i.e. bells, horns, whistles, etc.)
-Personal heaters

Single speaker radios with ear phones and hand-held televisions are allowed into the stadium/arena as long as their use does not interfere with other guests' enjoyment of the game.

Smoking/Tobacco Free
Smoking is not permitted in the stadium.

Tailgating Locations & Policies
Tailgating is available in the North Parking lot behind the scoreboard.

Outlined below are additional tailgating reminders:

  • Glass beverage containers are discouraged.
  • Charcoal must be disposed of properly. Please do not place charcoal or other flammables in trash cans, under trees or leave it in the parking areas.
  • Companies may not issue sample products without being properly licensed by the University. Food, drink, and other items may neither be sold nor given to the general public. Additionally, any promotional activity must be approved in advance by the Sam Houston State Athletic Department's Marketing/Licensing office.
  • Solicitations of any kind within the facilities or on University grounds are prohibited unless specifically approved by the University. The distribution of flyers or leaflets on parked vehicles is expressly prohibited.
  • Political signage that implies endorsement of any political candidate or any political issue may not be displayed nor may political materials be distributed without prior approval by Sam Houston State University.

Throwing Items
The throwing of items is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated.

Ticket Information
The Bearkat Ticket Office is located in the Ron Mafrige Field House.  The Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm for advance ticket sales.  Guests can also order tickets by calling 936-294-1729 or by ordering on-line at www.gobearkats.com/tickets/. 

Season Tickets
Season ticket renewals for football are mailed in April each year.  Payment for season tickets can be made in cash, by check payable to "SHSU", or charged to VISA, Mastercard. All tickets are mailed in August.

Priority Seating Tickets
Priority ticket seating guidelines are established by the athletic department and the Bearkat Champions Fund.  The guidelines provide the donor with an efficient and equitable method to determine seating eligibility for season tickets as well as post-season tickets.  For information on the Bearkat Champions Fund and priority ticket seating, please go to www.gobearkats.com

Single Game Tickets
Single-game tickets are available on game day at the Bowers Stadium ticket office on the West side of the stadium between gates 2 and 3. No single game tickets will be sold on game day at the main ticket office in the Ron Mafrige Field House. Single game tickets purchased at the event location may be paid with cash or credit card. Single-game tickets may be purchased online through
www.GoBearkats.com at least four hours prior to kickoff and these tickets will be available at Will Call, located on the back of the West Side Press Box.

Will Call
Will call is located at the ticket office between Gates 2 and 3 (West side behind press box).  Photo identification or an order confirmation page must be presented in order to receive tickets.  Will Call is available at least two hours prior to kick-off on game days.

Coaches & Player Guests
Guests of team members that are on the complimentary ticket pass list may pick up their tickets at the Will Call window, starting two hours prior to kickoff. Please have an photo ID ready for each person picking up a ticket. Each person will also need to sign for their ticket.

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