JONESBORO, Ark. (A-State) – The three-time defending Sun Belt Conference champion Arkansas State football team is set to host its annual spring game Friday, April 18, at Centennial Bank Stadium.
While the game won't officially begin until 7 p.m., there will be a number of pregame activities leading up to the on-field action that will include a unique "Coach Experience" opportunity for a Red Wolves' fan. With A-State's spring roster divided into two teams, the promotion's winner will have the chance to act as a head coach for one of the squads.
The head coach will give the pregame and halftime talk to their team, determine if their team 'goes for it' or punts on fourth down, make play-calling decisions and communicate with the coaching staff on headset throughout the entire game. The coach will receive photos of their experience and coaching gear. The winning coach will also receive a Powerade bath as part of their bragging rights.
In order to act as one of the Red Wolves' head coaches, fans can take part in an online auction by visiting eBay and searching for "BCS Head Coach Experience at 2014 Arkansas State Spring Game." Bidding starts at $2,500 and will run through Monday, April 14, until 3 p.m.
"Our staff wants to have a high level of interaction with our fans, and we felt like this would be another way to do that while adding a fun dimension to the spring game," said new A-State head coach Blake Anderson. "Our goal is to make this a truly memorable experience for whoever puts that headset on when we kickoff."
There is no charge for parking or admission to the spring game, which will include four quarters and a halftime. Prior to the game, the Centennial Bank Stadium field will be open from 4:30-5:30 p.m. for kids who want to come on the field and play with various practice equipment while interacting with some of the Red Wolves' players.