Charleston Southern will take Buccaneer Field under the stadium's new lights for the first time at 7 p.m. Thursday in the annual Blue-White spring football game. Festivities begin at 4:30 p.m., as head coach Jamey Chadwell and the Bucs cap off spring practice.
Dinner for students will be available at the stadium starting at 4:30 p.m. When students arrive for dinner, they can sign up to participate in several postgame contests that will give them the opportunity to win a ticket to CSU's game at the University of Georgia on Nov.22. CSU will also serve up to 500 free hot dogs during the game, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Students and CSU fans can participate in all sorts of pregame contests with a chance to win prizes, including free pizza for their dorm, tickets to the CSU-Georgia game in November, and future book money from the CSU Bookstore.
The Buc Club will also hold a dinner at the stadium beginning at 5:30 p.m. Buc Club members, their guests and former CSU players will all eat for free. Any fans who would like to do so can purchase tickets for $10 to have the chance to enjoy the company of former CSU football players and coaches.
Following the shortened game, Chadwell and the CSU coaching staff will distribute awards for most improved player and academic performance, as well as the annual Eddie Gadson Scholarship, given to a walk-on player in memory of the Bucs' receiver who passed away in June of 2005.
CSU is putting the finishing touches on spring practice following a school-record 10 wins season last fall. The Bucs finished the year ranked 22nd nationally in the FCS Coaches Poll.