App State to wear gold uniforms for home opener

By Nathan Ham -

BOONE — Appalachian State’s home opener this year at Kidd Brewer Stadium will give fans a whole lot of gold to look at.

This game will mark the second time in the past three seasons that the Mountaineers will be rocking an all-gold uniform from Nike.

App State will face off against Savannah State at 3:30 p.m. with the game streamed live on ESPN3 and the Watch ESPN app.

In addition to the team wearing gold, the school would like to encourage App fans to also show up in their favorite gold App State attire make this a “Gold Out.”

Will Thornburg, App State’s Director of Team Services, helped design the new uniforms for the Mountaineers’ home opener.

“As an equipment manager, anytime we get to work on a special project like this, it is a big deal,” Thornburg said. “This season’s Gold Out has been in the works for some time now. We decided on this after last year when we started to create our new gold jerseys from Nike, which have some slight variations from the past two seasons. We hope that on September 9 fans will join us in wearing gold when we take on Savannah State.”

The last time the Mountaineers wore an all-gold uniform was the 2015 season opener, a 49-0 victory over Howard University.

Gold Out Ticket Package

Two special ticket promotions for the Gold Out have been announced and include four reserved tickets and a concessions voucher for four drinks and four hot dogs for only $99. “Select “special offers tab” and use the promo code “fam4pack” when visiting the ticket site when placing your order. Use the promo code “famga” for four general admission tickets and a concessions voucher that comes with four drinks and four hot dogs for $79.

Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning at the Holmes Center and will honor Volleyball’s Brittany Zahn Arnold (2005-07) men’s soccer’s David Mor (1974-75), football’s Cedric Felton (1982-86), wrestling’s Bruce Schlegel (1967-71), and men’s basketball’s James (Jim) Wilcox (1963-66) . For tickets and reservations, contact Virginia Falck at or at 828-262-3109.

2007 National Championship/Michigan 10-year Anniversary Recognition

Fans in attendance on Sept. 9 will also witness the recognition of the 2007 FCS National Championship team that finished 13-2 and capped off one of the most dominating runs in college football with an unprecedented three-peat. On the way to that ‘07 national title, the Mountaineers shocked the college football nation by becoming the first FCS team ever to defeat a ranked FBS team with a thrilling and monumental 34-32 win at Michigan in the “Big House”. The 10-year anniversary of the historic win will be celebrated at the home opener as well.

Fan Fest

App State will kick off the 2017-18 season with its annual Fan Fest on Saturday, Aug. 19 beginning at 6 p.m.The event will be a chance to meet the App State Football team and other fall sport squads as we get set to begin another academic year.Members of the Junior Mountaineer Kids Club and their parents will have an exclusive window to get autographs from their favorite App State student-athletes and coaches beginning at 5:30 p.m. before the event opens to the general public at 6 p.m.

Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.

By Nathan Ham


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