September 20-21, 2024

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Family, Follies and Football

Don’t miss a great opportunity to get a glimpse of ACU life with your student at Family Weekend, Sept. 15-16! Single-day and weekend tickets are available for purchase. Register below to lock in your Family Weekend experience!

General Questions

2024 Schedule under construction

Yes! Check in at the Student Life Den in the lower level of the McGlothlin Campus Center on Friday from 10 a.m. to 7p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. There, you will receive your Family Weekend packet, which includes your event tickets, schedules, maps and more. Stop by, grab some cool Wildcat gear (while supplies last) and start your weekend the right way!

Here are several hotel options for ACU Family Weekend:

DoubleTree by Hilton

Fairfield Marriott Abilene

Hampton Inn Abilene


Visit the Abilene Visitors’ Bureau website for additional information on local hotels and lodging accommodations.

The only meal included in ticketed events is the tailgate before the Saturday evening football game. You must purchase a ticket for your student if they wish to attend the Family Weekend Tailgate. The Family Weekend Tailgate is separate from the Gameday tailgate that highlights the fraternities and sororities on campus.

Families are welcome to enjoy lunch after Chapel in the Campus Center food court or the World Famous Bean.

Special discounts will be available at local eateries and restaurants with Family Weekend name badges (list of participating locations provided in your Family Weekend packet). Enjoy a taste of Abilene with your student!

For more information on Abilene restaurants, visit the Abilene Visitors’ Bureau website.

Follies Show

Yes, but space is very limited. To ensure your admission to the show, purchase your tickets beforehand when you purchase other Family Weekend tickets. Tickets will be available for purchase soon.

Yes, you can purchase tickets for more than one show. Tickets will be available for purchase soon.

If your student is in the Follies show, you do not need to buy them a ticket. If not, they will need to buy their own ticket beforehand.

Tickets will be available for purchase soon.

Football Game and Tailgate

No, current students get in free with a valid ACU Student ID card.

Yes. If your student wants to participate with you in the Family Weekend Tailgate, they too must have a ticket for admission. Please include your student when deciding number of tickets to purchase for attending the tailgate.

Band Students (information may change)

9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Percussion and Colorguard rehearsal at Wildcat Stadium

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Full Band rehearsal at Wildcat Stadium

4:30 p.m. Wildcat Walk (South end zone of Wildcat Stadium)

6:40 p.m. Pregame Performance

7 p.m. Kickoff

On Friday, the band has rehearsal at Wildcat Stadium that begins at 11:15 a.m., and goes until 12:30 p.m. Parents are welcome to come to that rehearsal.

On Saturday, parents are welcome to come to the rehearsals; percussion and Color Guard at 9:00 a.m., and full band rehearsal at 9:30 a.m.

During the game, the Big Purple is stationed in the stands in sections 101 & 102 at Wildcat Stadium. There are General Admission seats directly behind and beside us.

Double-check the schedule with your student in the band. Start times can change depending on athletics, if the game is televised, etc. Come and have fun!

Have a question not listed here? Simply give us a call at 800-460-6228 or email us at