September 15-16, 2023

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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

Schedule is subject to change.

Friday, September 15

10 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Check-In
McGlothlin Campus Center, Wildcat Den

11 a.m. – Noon ACU Family Chapel
Moody Coliseum

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch in the Bean

11:00 a.m. – 2 p.m. Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-off
McGlothlin Campus Center, Wildcat Den

2-4 p.m. Family Ice Cream Mixer & Student Business Spotlight
McGlothlin Campus Center, Wildcat Den

5-7 p.m. West Texas Fair & Rodeo and Hangout on the Hill
Various locations

8 p.m. Follies Show
Moody Coliseum, doors open at 7:30 p.m.
$15 per person
Tickets required

11 p.m. Midnight Worship
Moody Coliseum
Parents are welcome to attend.

Saturday, September 16

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

9-10 a.m. Provost Reception- Multicultural Enrichment
Location TBD

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Choose Your Own Adventure

  • Photos at Jacob’s Dream
  • Movie at Boone Family Theater
  • Residence Hall Open House (til 4PM)
  • Lunch on your own
  • Family Workout Time at Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center
  • Bookstore Adventure
  • Visit Abilene

1:00 p.m. Follies Show
Moody Coliseum, doors open at 12:30 p.m.
$15 per person
Tickets required

5-6:30 p.m. Family Weekend Tailgating
Join your student for a family tailgate from filled with great food and fun, located in front of the main entrance of Anthony Field at Wildcat Stadium between the stadium and Poly Wells Field. Families should purchase an additional ticket if their student intends to join them for the Family Weekend Tailgate. This tailgate is separate from the General Tailgating area.
$20 per person
Tickets required

7 p.m. ACU Football vs. University of the Incarnate Word
Wildcat Stadium

Enjoy an evening of football with your family as the ACU Wildcats take on the University of the Incarnate Word.
$12 per person in advance • $15 at the gate
Tickets required

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