Admission to Ohio Wesleyan’s Oct. 22 football game will be free for Bishop Backer Fall Community Day. Join OWU Athletics and the Bishop Backers for a celebration that includes a free pre-game tailgate with Delaware police officers and firefighters, and OWU Public Safety officers. (Photo by Paul Vernon)

Back the Bishops!

Join Ohio Wesleyan Oct. 22 for Free Bishop Backer Tailgate, Football Game

By Cole Hatcher

DELAWARE, Ohio – Join your friends for a pre-game tailgate and then cheer on the Ohio Wesleyan University football team – all for free – during the Oct. 22 Bishop Backer Fall Community Day at Selby Stadium, 45 S. Henry St., Delaware.

The tailgate will begin at noon with Delaware police officers and firefighters, and Ohio Wesleyan Public Safety officers grilling up free hotdogs and hamburgers for the community. Then, the Battling Bishops will take on the DePauw Tigers at 1 p.m., with OWU faculty recognized at halftime.

“The Bishop Backers is pleased to invite the community to Selby Stadium for this year’s free Fall Community Day,” said Doug Zipp, OWU athletics director. “This is a great day to spend time with friends and family, meet and share lunch with Delaware’s first responders, and cheer on the Bishops as they seek to tame the Tigers. We hope you can join us.”

During the regular season, admission for ticketed OWU athletics events is $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens, non-OWU students, and children 12 and over. Admission is free for Ohio Wesleyan students with a valid university ID.

All-sports season passes also are available for $50 per pass through the OWU Athletics Department. Call (740) 368-3726 or visit for more information, including the Ohio Wesleyan’s complete fall athletics schedule.

About the Bishop Backers

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About Ohio Wesleyan

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and competes in 24 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through its signature experience, the OWU Connection, Ohio Wesleyan teaches students to understand issues from multiple academic perspectives, volunteer in service to others, build a diverse and global perspective, and translate classroom knowledge into real-world experience through internships, research, and other hands-on learning. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included on the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “Best Colleges” lists. Connect with OWU expert interview sources at or learn more at