1. Kent State Hall of Fame Plaza
The George Jenkins and Jim Phelan Hall of Fame Plaza showcase all-time great Kent State players. Here you’ll find a tribute to Golden Flashes who have gone on to play in the NFL as well as players who have had their numbers retired by the school. Tributes can be found for greats including Jack Lambert and James Harrison.
2. Fan Experience
Fan Experience offers an Indoor Picnic area with Inflatables, entertainment provided by the KSU band, Food, drink vendors, and even the chance to greet the team 2 hours before kick-off. It’s the perfect place to stop by before the game for those looking to get involved in all that a Kent State game day has to offer.
3. The Marching Golden Flashes
The Marching Golden Flashes are a major part of what makes the atmosphere at Kent State games so special. The band puts on outstanding pregame and halftime performances in addition to keeping the crowd at fever pitch with their in-game music selections.
4. Happy Hour
The first 60 minutes the stadium gates are open you’ll have the opportunity to grab some grub for cheap. During this period select concessions can be purchased for as little as $1, so make your way to the stadium early to take advantage of this incredible deal.
5. Flash Walk
You’ll have the chance to get up close to Kent State players and coaches during the Flash Walk. The walk takes place two hours before kickoff and concludes with the head coach and two players giving a speech to rile up the crowd. Nothing will get you into the Kent State game day mood better than the Flash Walk.
6. Student Tailgate Zone
The Student Tailgate Zone is held in the southwest corner of the stadium by the softball field and starts about 3 hours before kick-off. Here you’ll find students partying hard and letting loose before the game, so if you’re looking to experience one of the rowdiest tailgates at Kent State than stop by the Student Tailgate Zone.
7. Flash the Golden Eagle
Flash, the Golden Eagle, is the official Kent State mascot and can be seen all throughout the game. He entertains the crowd with his antics between downs and even poses for pictures with fans. Flash’s strong presence makes him one of the more entertaining mascots in the MAC, so keep your eyes peeled for when at the game.
8. Themed Tailgates
When tailgating at Kent State make sure to stop by and check out the themed tailgate promotion. One of the most popular amongst the fans is 80’s night. The fans come out with big hair, bright colors, rolled up sports coats, crazy makeup, and hair metal giving off the feeling that you’re in a living breathing Def Leppard video. So come prepared to take part in whatever tailgate theme is going to get the most out of your Kent State tailgating experience.
9. Wagon Wheel Trophy
Akron and Kent State are only 10 miles apart creating a strong rivalry between these two schools from northeast Ohio. The rivalry began in 1923 when the Zips shutout Kent State 32-0, but the Wagon Wheel trophy wasn’t added to the rivalry until 1946. Things intensified in 1992 when Akron joined the Mid-American Conference, and the two teams have faced off every year since then. The proximity and long history between these two rivals mean you’ll be in for quite the treat when these two bitter rivals get together on the gridiron.
10. Party on the Deck
Dix Stadium offers two hospitality decks, which are perfect for large groups or business functions. The packages include a great view of the game as well as catered food and beverages. If you’re bringing a large group to the game, then you’ll love the party decks at Dix Stadium.