“Rowdy Tour” Promotes Redhawk Spirit

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 6, 2007 – Community members are invited to join the Southeast community and Southeast’s very own Rowdy the Redhawk for the “Rowdy Tour,” a series of tailgate parties and other events designed to kick Redhawk spirit into high-gear.

Tailgate parties with free food, beverages and live bands will begin two hours before every home football game.  The “Rowdy Tour” kicks off at 4 p.m. with this season’s home opener against Southwest Baptist on Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. The Golden Eagles Marching Band will wrap up each tailgate party by playing for the crowd, and Southeast cheerleaders and Sundancers also will join the festivities to lead the crowd in a show of spirit as the team heads to the stadium. The tailgate parties will be held in front of Houck Stadium on Bellevue Street.

“We’d like to encourage everyone to bring their vehicle and park on Bellevue Street, set up their barbecue grills and tents, and bring their games, footballs and Frisbees and enjoy the pre-game festivities,” said Bobby Brune, coordinator of marketing and promotions for Southeast Athletics. “We’re just trying to create a great atmosphere so the fans can come out and have a good time and enjoy the game. We’re trying to make it more like the traditions you see at other Division I schools, and we’d like to start a similar tradition here.”

Redhawk fans are also encouraged to show their spirit by wearing “Redhawk Red” apparel (anything red) for the “Red-Out” game against Indiana State at 6 p.m. on Sept. 15.

Redhawk T-shirts can be purchased at Southeast Bookstore for only $8. The bookstore also offers a 25 percent discount on Southeast apparel the first Friday of every month, as well as a 10 percent discount on Southeast apparel every Friday for patrons wearing red or Redhawk gear.  (The 10 percent discount is not in addition to the 25 percent given on “First Fridays.”)  All discounts are offered to the public as well as to the University community.

For more information on Redhawks football, visit http://gosoutheast.cstv.com/. For tickets, call (866) SEMO-TIK. For information on Redhawks merchandise, contact the Southeast Bookstore at (573) 651-2465 or shop online at http://www2.semo.edu/bookstore.