The Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers football team is one of the rapidly rising brands in college football. The Hilltoppers first started playing football in 1908 and have amassed over 500 wins in their history. Western Kentucky has won 11 conference championships spanning 3 conferences, and won the 2002 FCS National Championship. Former WKU players include Romeo Crennel, Joe Bugel, Willie Taggart, Rod Smart, Bobby Rainey, Jack Doyle, and Dale Lindsey. In 2009 the Hilltoppers moved from the FCS Division to the FBS Division, the highest level of the sport. Since then WKU has joined Conference-USA, placing them in one of the premier conferences in the country. The move to the FBS Division has already shown dividends, with the team making their first ever FBS Bowl Game in 2012. The rapid rise from being a FCS Division power to a member of a premier FBS Division Conference has electrified the fan base. Recent renovations to Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium have increased the capacity and made it louder than ever. A steady influx of young talent has left the coaches and fans excited for the future as the Hilltoppers push towards their first C-USA Championship. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football tickets.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Football at Houchens Industries - L.T. Smith Stadium Address: 1605 Avenue of Champions, Bowling Green, Kentucky, 42101
The Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers football team plays their home games at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The Stadium has been home to the Hilltoppers since 1968 and can seat over 22,000 fans. Since 2009, Houchens Industres-L.T. Smith Stadium has been the home of the Kentucky High School Football Championships, allowing many of the State’s top young players to play in the stadium. The venue has become one of the iconic football venues in the State of Kentucky. Known affectionately to fans and players as “The Houch,” L.T. Smith Stadium is known for being packed, loud, and having a great game day atmosphere. In 2009 the stadium was renovated to help the program meet the attendance requirements of the FBS Division, and to install state of the art Field Turf as the playing surface.
Western Kentucky vs. Middle Tennessee State
One of the lasting rivalries for the Hilltoppers, this matchup dates back to 1914. The rivalry has been contested over 60 times, spanning 3 conferences. The overall series has been incredibly close, with the Hilltoppers dominating the early years of the rivalry, but the Blue Raiders owning the overall series lead. With Western Kentucky joining C-USA in 2014, this rivalry has been given new life and fans from both sides expect to build on the intensity and competitiveness that was born in this matchup within the OVC and SBC.
Western Kentucky vs. Eastern Kentucky
Known as the Battle of the Bluegrass, this matchup is one of the biggest all-Kentucky games. The series dates back a century to 1914, and has been contested over 80 times in its history. The rivalry was at its peak when both schools were members of the Ohio Valley Conference. With the Hilltoppers move to the FBS Division in 2008, the rivalry is no longer an annual game, with fans from both sides hoping that it is renewed in the near future.
Western Kentucky vs. Murray State
Dating back to 1931, this is one of the traditional rivalries for the Hilltoppers. Known as the Battle for the Red Belt, the matchup has been played over 65 times, and the winner of the game is awarded the Red Belt Trophy. The rivalry began as a conference matchup within the OVC, but has been moved to the non-conference with WKU’s transition to the FBS Division. Although no longer played annually, this series remains very important in Kentucky, and is a highlight of the season every time it is scheduled.
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How can I buy cheap Western Kentucky Hilltoppers tickets?
TicketCity offers a big selection of Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football tickets which include some of the lowest priced seats on the market. Western Kentucky tickets fluctuate based on demand and opponent. Marquee Conference USA opponents like Southern Miss, FIU, and Rice can drive up home game prices. While cheap tickets are more plentiful for unranked, non-conference opponents. Those early season games may offer the best opportunity to purchase Western Kentucky tickets near face value.
Where can I find the 2016-2017 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football schedule?
The Hilltoppers 2016-2017 football schedule is listed as soon as it is announced by Conference USA. Western Kentucky plays in Conference USA’s East Division, which means games against FAU, Marshall, FIU, Middle Tennessee, UAB, and Southern Miss. Game times are announced by Conference USA as soon as the TV schedule is set. Western Kentucky’s home opener is typically one of the most popular games. They also play Eastern Kentucky in the Battle of the Bluegrass. If you are looking for Hilltoppers news or scores, then visit our partners at CBS Sports. They are also a good source for the official Western Kentucky Hilltoppers team roster.
Can I buy Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football season tickets?
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers season tickets are available to buy until kickoff of their home opener. Check our listings above or call us if you would like to purchase Western Kentucky football season tickets. Let us know if you want a particular section at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.
What is the best Western Kentucky rivalry game during the season?
Picking the best rivalry game for the Hilltoppers is difficult due to movement the program has seen over the last 2 decades. But one game that has stayed consistently on Western Kentucky’s schedule is the matchup with Middle Tennessee. Over a century old, this rivalry has been contested in 3 conferences, and was given new life with the Hilltoppers following the Blue Raiders to C-USA. Look for this already fantastic rivalry to continue to grow in importance to not just both schools fan bases, but to C-USA as a whole.
What is the best game day tradition at a Hilltoppers home game?
One of the most notable traditions at any Hilltoppers sporting event is Big Red. The large and loveable mascot is one of the most famous and exciting in the country. Consistently nationally recognized, Big Red is great for firing up the fans and his belly slide and belly shake are world famous. Big Red is one of the few mascots in the country that interacts with the players and getting a picture with the jolly mascot is a must for Hilltoppers fans everywhere.