Family Weekend

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General Questions

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

The only meal provided as part of the Family Weekend package is the tailgate before the Saturday evening football game. 

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

As part of the Family Weekend package, 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.

Yes! Check in at the Student Life Den in the lower level of the McGlothlin Campus Center on Friday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.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!

Schedule is in process of finalization. It is subject to change.

Friday, September 23

6 a.m.-10 p.m. Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center
Pool hours: 4:30-7:00 p.m.

10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Check-In
McGlothlin Campus Center, Wildcat Den

11 a.m. Chapel
Beauchamp Amphitheatre

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch in the Bean

6 p.m. Hangout on the Hill

8 p.m. Freshman Follies Show
Moody Coliseum, doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 24

8 a.m.-10 p.m. Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center
Pool hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

9 a.m.-12 p.m. Check-In
McGlothlin Campus Center, Wildcat Den

9 a.m.-12 p.m. Family Photos
Jacob’s Dream

11 a.m. Freshman Follies
Moody Coliseum, doors open at 1 p.m.

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch on Your Own

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Residence Hall Open House
Various locations

4-5:30 p.m. Tailgate
Shotwell Stadium parking lot

6 p.m. ACU Football vs. Western New Mexico
Wildcat’s Stadium

8 p.m. to EOD Hangout on the Hill

Sunday, September 25

8 a.m.-2 p.m. Church and Lunch with Your Student

2-11 p.m. Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center open
Pool hours: 3-5 p.m.

Be sure to go to our Family Weekend Marketplace and check out all of the activities available to you and your student.

Freshman Follies

Yes, but space is very limited. In order to ensure your admission to the show, purchase your tickets as part of a Family Weekend package beforehand. 

Yes, you can purchase individual tickets through

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

A Full Weekend package includes a ticket to both the Friday and Saturday show. 

Football Game and Tailgate

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

Yes. At checkout, there is an option to purchase additional tailgate tickets.

Band Students

10-10:45 a.m. Percussion and Colorguard rehearsal at Wildcat Stadium

11 a.m.-12 p.m. Full Band rehearsal at Wildcat Stadium

4:45 p.m. Tailgate Performance (South endzone of Wildcat Stadium)

5:45 p.m. Pregame Performance

6 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 10 a.m., and full band rehearsal at 11 a.m.

During the game, the Big Purple is stationed in the stands in sections 101, 102, and 103 of Wildcat Stadium. There are General Admission seats directly behind 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!

Family Weekend Marketplace

Follies and Football

Single-day and weekend tickets are available for purchase. Be sure to lock in your Family Weekend experience today!