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NMSU ready to celebrate new school year and the battle of I-10

Ticket sales for the upcoming game between the Aggies and the Miners indicate a potential sellout crowd for the traditional battle of I-10 set to kick off at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 3 at Aggie Memorial Stadium on the New Mexico State University campus.

got a great new coach and a great new team and we are ready for the friendly rivalry with the University of Texas at El Paso. We want to welcome students and visitors to our campus and hope they enjoy themselves at the start of the new school year," said Athletic Director McKinley Boston.

A number of issues face crowds at such well-attended games, and NMSU officials have issued some guidelines to help people navigate the parking lots with minimal frustration. Some, particularly those concerning timeframes for tailgate parties, are new this year. Party goers are encouraged to become familiar with those before game day to avoid last minute confusion.

With the number of ticket sales approaching 1,000 daily, NMSU ticket manager Patrick Kennedy encouraged those planning to attend the game to buy their tickets before game day. As of the weekend, fewer than 4,500 tickets were left.

"We would hate to have the last ticket sold at 7:30 p.m. Saturday just as the gates open and then have to turn away a thousand people or so standing in line," Kennedy said. The NMSU Ticket Office is located on the north side of the Pan American Center. The phone number is (505) 646-1420. Fans can also order tickets by calling Ticketmaster in Las Cruces at (505) 532-2060) or El Paso (915) 544-8444.

The following are tips for an enjoyable game experience.

TO GET INTO THE STADIUM: Do not plan on using the University-Triviz entrance to NMSU in front of the Pan Am Center. Visitors from El Paso should avoid the I-25 Albuquerque exit to enter the stadium. They are encouraged to stay on I-10 and use exit 142. Then enter NMSU on either Union or Espina and turn east at Stewart. Those using the northbound I-25 exit will find themselves redirected to Las Alturas and Wells.

PARKING: Lots will be visibly marked.

TAILGATE PARTIES: Because of the late game start, tailgating parties will be allowed only from 3:30 p.m. until kickoff at 8:30 p.m. and then for two hours after the game ends.

Tailgating will be allowed in parking lots located within the boundaries of Locust Street east to Triviz; and University Avenue south to Wells Street.

Those found consuming alcoholic beverages outside designated tailgating areas will be directed to an appropriate tailgate site.

For those of legal age, the quantity of alcoholic beverages one can bring to the tailgate sections is limited to the amount one person can reasonably consume. Increased numbers of law enforcement officers will be on hand throughout the day. And some things are banned:
? Underage drinking is prohibited. Those under the age of 21 found consuming alcohol will be subject to state law. ID cards will be checked at random.
? Glass containers are prohibited.
? Kegs, party balls and common containers of any kind are not permitted.
? Disruptive and disorderly conduct will not be tolerated.
? No food, alcoholic beverages, ice chests, folding chairs, pets or weapons will be allowed into Aggie Memorial Stadium

POST-GAME COFFEE AND DONUTS: The Alumni Association will host post-game coffee and donuts in its tent in the southeast Fulton Center parking lot.

KIDZONE: Four jumping balloons will be available near the Coca-Cola Weight Center.

AGGIE VILLAGE: Several vendors will have stands in the parking area near the center. They include Texas Roadhouse, Aramark, Great American Pizza, Johnny Carino's, Hooters, the Bookstore and Sport Accessories.

For more information, go to www.nmsu.edu, click on news and then on Intercollegiate Athletics.