Inaugural IWU football game to include skydivers, tailgating

As Indiana Wesleyan University eagerly awaits the inaugural Wildcat football game against Taylor University on Saturday, Sept. 1, it is pleased to announce the schedule of events that will precede the sold-out game.



11:00 a.m.

Tailgate begins (ends two hours after end of game)

2:30 p.m.

IWU students allowed to enter stadium

2:45 p.m.

All spectators allowed to enter stadium

3:41 p.m.

Skydivers deliver game ball

3:45 p.m.

National Anthem

3:58 p.m.

Coin flip

4:03 p.m.


*Schedule is subject to change.

Home tailgating will take place in Parking Lot 24 (between Wildcat Stadium and the Phillippe Performing Arts Center parking lot) and Wildcat Drive. Vendors will be located on 45th Street.

“It has been 8 years since we first started looking at football as a possibility for IWU,” said Director of Athletics Mark DeMichael. “It has been such a long journey and many members of our IWU family have invested so much in making football a reality that my greatest desire is for the first game to be an incredible experience and for it to be a true reflection of all that is special about Indiana Wesleyan University.”

IWU is an associate member of the Mid-State Football Association and plays six MSFA members. Those games are not part of the conference slate. Besides the season opener against Taylor, IWU plays home games vs. MSFA members Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) and Saint Francis (Ill.) on Homecoming. IWU travels to MSFA members Siena Heights (Mich.), Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), and Concordia (Mich.), who finished No. 15 in the national polls in 2017.

IWU plays Lawrence Tech (Mich.) in a home-and-home series. The first contest is on Oct. 13 in Southfield, Michigan, while the second game closes out the season on Nov. 17 in Marion. Both schools are first-year programs and associate members of the MSFA.

To purchase IWU football tickets, visit

Indiana Wesleyan University
4201 S. Washington St.
Marion, IN 46953