(Photo by BYU Photo/Jaren Wilkey)
Open practice one of several fan events taking place next week
PROVO, Utah — BYU football will conduct an open practice at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Thursday morning, Aug. 17 as one of several different events for the public next week.
The practice session and scrimmage on Aug. 17 will start at 10 a.m. with stadium gates opening at 9:30 a.m. Admission is free. The event will give fans a sneak peak at the team as it continues preparations for the Cougars' upcoming season opener on Aug. 26 against Portland State in LaVell Edwards Stadium.
Fans can also take advantage of a several other events during the week, including the Cougar Kickoff and Cougar Sale on Tuesday, Aug. 15, and the Big Blue Bash on Saturday, Aug. 19. Additional information is included below:
Cougar Kickoff (Aug. 15)
The 13th annual Cougar Kickoff is scheduled from 6-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15 at Haws Field (west of the Indoor Practice Facility). Cougar Club members can attend starting at 5:30 p.m. Athletes from the football, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, women’s basketball, women’s gymnastics and cross country teams will be on hand to meet with fans, sign autographs and run a variety of games and drills with kids. The festivities include free posters, face painting and balloon animals as well as the chance to take photos with Cosmo, the Cheer team and the Cougarettes. Admission is free.
Cougar Sale (Aug. 15)
In conjunction with Cougar Kickoff, the annual Cougar Sale takes place on Wednesday, Aug. 15 in the adjacent Indoor Practice Facility from 5-7 p.m. Cougar Club members can gain early admission at 4:30 p.m. by presenting their membership card. The Cougar Sale allows fans to pick up gameday shirts and posters and purchase athletic department clothing and gear at discounted prices. Admission is free.
Big Blue Bash (Aug. 19)
BYU Head Football Coach Kalani Sitake and members of the 2017 BYU football team will participate at the annual Big Blue Bash fundraising fan party hosted by the Cougar Club’s Salt Lake Chapter on Saturday evening, Aug. 19. Open to all BYU fans, this year’s Big Blue Bash will take place at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy. Gates open at 6 p.m. with free parking and local food trucks providing concessions for purchase, while fans can interact with Cosmo and BYU Cheerleaders, and enjoy games, photos, music and trivia-game giveaways until the program begins at 7 p.m. The Big Blue Bash will be hosted by BYU Sports Nation's Jarom Jordan and Spencer Linton along with Voice of the Cougars Greg Wrubell and BYUtv analyst and former BYU quarterback Blaine Fowler.
Tickets for the Big Blue Bash can be purchased in advance online by selecting the following link: http://cougarclub.com/story/2017-big-blue-bash. General seating starts at $5, with additional premium ticket opportunities available for $20 (priority seating in first three rows near the stage), $50 (priority seating in first three rows and a private meet and greet with Coach Kalani Sitake and the BYU players) and $125 (new Cougar Club membership and benefits, priority seating at event and for autographs, limited edition print of “Quarterback Factory”). General admission tickets can also be purchased day of the event at the door for $10. The event provides a great way to get ready for the 2017 season by hearing from BYU coaches and players and enjoying fun activities for all ages. A silent auction will take place for those in attendance as well as those who want to bid online to help fund an athletic scholarship.