Admission to Ohio Wesleyan’s Oct. 9 football game will be free for Bishop Backer Fall Community Day. Join head coach Tom Watts and the team 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)

Fall Community Day

Enjoy Free Bishop Backer Tailgate, Football Game Oct. 9 at Ohio Wesleyan University

By Cole Hatcher

DELAWARE, Ohio – Enjoy a pre-game tailgate and then cheer on the Ohio Wesleyan University football team – all for free – during the Oct. 9 Bishop Backer Fall Community Day at Selby Stadium, 45 S. Henry St., Delaware.

The tailgate will begin at 11:30 a.m. with Delaware police officers and firefighters, and Ohio Wesleyan Public Safety officers grilling up free hotdogs and hamburgers for everyone attending the game. Then watch the Battling Bishops take on the Hiram Terriers at 1 p.m.

“On behalf of the Bishop Backers, we’re excited to welcome the community back to campus for our free Fall Community Day,” said Doug Zipp, OWU athletics director. “We can’t wait to see the tailgate and the stands filled with football fans cheering on the Bishops.”

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.

Individual all-sports season passes also are available through the OWU Athletics Department at a cost of $50. 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 program, The OWU Connection, Ohio Wesleyan teaches students to integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply knowledge in real-world settings. 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. Learn more at