TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - It's a time-honored tradition of the fall season and a big money-maker for one university.
That is -- College football.
And The Indiana State University (ISU) Sycamores are ready to rock starting tomorrow night.
"Cannot wait for the season to get going,” said John Sherman, senior assistant athletic director.
"It's always a good time to be a Sycamore,” said Rex Kendall, director of the Indiana State University Alumni Association.
The empty Memorial Stadium will soon be filled with almost 20,000 screaming fans.
The locker room is stacked with gear for the first game of the season.
ISU football is more popular than ever before.
"You can sense the excitement. People are buying more than 2, they're buying 4 season tickets, they liked it so much,” said Sherman.
ISU's alumni association and athletic department say the team is driving ticket sales.
Three game-winning seasons has renewed interest in ISU football.
"The students wearing the colors, being in the community has kind of ramped up the excitement… Our kids can fall in love with the community, the community gets to fall in love with them,” said Sherman.
Not only game-winning seasons, but a better quality campus overall.
"Our enrollment's up, we're ranked number one in the country in community service. There's some great things taking place here on campus,” said Kendall.
But that doesn't mean these two are sitting on their laurels.
Both have been working for months to ensure the start of the season went off without a hitch.
"The only thing we’ve done different, is we've gotten Coach out more,” said Sherman.
And the Alumni Association hosts tailgating parties before the big games of the season.
"Wanting to do more programs and get the alums in the regional area reconnected to campus."
We give of our time. Someone helped us to be where we are, so I think it's one of those pay it forward opportunities,” said Kendall.
And the student excitement is at an all-time high.
The alumni association is hosting a tailgate party tomorrow before the I-U game in Bloomington.
It starts two hours before kick-off.
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