JONESBORO — Arkansas State fans will have the opportunity to get their first look at the Red Wolves in action under new head coach Butch Jones on Saturday, April 17, when the program will host its 2021 Pack Day Spring Game presented by JTown’s at 2:00 p.m. at Centennial Bank Stadium.
Jones has said fans should expect a “highly competitive game” between two teams featuring the No. 1 offense and No. 2 defense on one sideline and the No. 1 defense and No. 2 offense on the other as they battle it out through four quarters of action.
While the players on each squad will be predetermined, the team’s leadership group will hold an “organization draft” today in advance of the game. The unique aspect will allow each team to select their coaches, equipment personnel, trainers, athletics performance staff and others within the program.
“Pack Day serves so many purposes for our football program,” said Jones. “It serves as a continued evaluation tool for our coaches, another opportunity for every individual to build upon their football identity, and a tremendous opportunity to compete in front of our great fan base.
“From a team standpoint, this will serve as a first impression and first glimpse of the 2021 Arkansas State Red Wolves. A-State is Jonesboro’s team, and I know our players, coaches and everyone in our organization is looking forward to this great event.”
Centennial Bank Stadium gates will open at 12:30 p.m., and the team will take the field at 1 o’clock prior to the game’s 2:00 p.m. start time. Those attending are encouraged to wear masks, practice social distancing and follow other Arkansas Department of Health guidelines. Hand-sanitizing stations will be placed on the concourses.
Gates 2, 6-9, 11 and 19 will all be accessible, and there is no admission charge. Concessions will be available on the west concourse, and the A-State band and Red Wolves Dancers will also be in attendance, adding to the traditional game-day atmosphere.
Additionally, there will be multiple fan-engagement activities associated with the day. A-State will host a punt-pass-kick competition for youth in grades 1-6 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Allison Field inside Centennial Bank Stadium. The winner for each grade level will be announced during the spring game.
All tailgating areas will be open, and there will be Fan Fest events taking place in Tailgate City on the west side of the stadium from noon through 2:00 p.m. The activities will feature face painting, inflatables and refreshments, while a caricature and balloon artist will also be available.
Arkansas State’s 2020 Larry Lacewell MVP Award winner will be announced during the game as well. The honor is issued annually to the team’s MVP, recognizing excellence on the field and in the classroom, leadership, integrity and commitment to teammates. Senior offensive lineman Ivory Scott Jr. will also be recognized during the game as the 2020 winner of the Withrow Award, presented each year to A-State’s outstanding offensive lineman of the year.
The Red Wolves will host Central Arkansas on Saturday, Sept. 4, in their 2021 season opener. Season football tickets are available and may be purchased through the A-State Ticket Office, located at First National Bank Arena’s lower red entrance, in person or by phone at 870-972-2781. Tickets may also be purchased at the Spring Game as various seats for the upcoming season will be tagged as available