Thousands of football fans turn out for Black and Gold Game at KSU's Fifth Third Bank Stadium

KSU Owls Black and Gold Scrimmage

KENNESAW, Ga. (March 31, 2015) — It may have been a chilly, windy day but the…

Georgia (Mar 30, 2015)

KENNESAW, Ga. (March 31, 2015) — It may have been a chilly, windy day but the warmth of the crowd at Kennesaw State University's Fifth Third Bank made it a perfect day for football.

KSU cheerleaders handed out Scrappy the Owl bobbleheads to thousands of cheering fans who came to see the Spring Black and Gold Game, the first real taste of football this year until the inaugural season starts in earnest this fall.

Some 4,000 students, alumni, faculty, staff and supporters filled the home stands and most of the visitor's section of the stadium for Saturday's 1 p.m. kickoff.

Kennesaw State President Daniel S. Papp praised the efforts of the hundreds of volunteers assisting the KSU Athletics staff, stadium workers and public safety officers in pulling off a flawless event.

“A lot of people put in a lot of hard work, a lot of excellent work, and here we are,” Papp said. “It’s just really neat.”

Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams said he was very pleased with the results.

“We’ve completed yet another important milestone. We were testing out a lot of variables for our first game day,” Williams said. “We are definitely ready for some football!”

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Robert S. Godlewski, photos by Anthony Stalcup





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