Elon Football Hosts #6 Richmond for Homecoming

ELON, N.C. – The Elon University football team will conclude a three-game homestand by welcoming in the sixth-ranked Richmond Spiders for a 3:30 p.m. Homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 22.


This year’s Homecoming festivities will feature a ferris wheel at the North end of Rudd Field (soccer). Rides on the ferris wheel will be free and the attraction will run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Fans unable to attend the game can listen to the game on WSML 104.5 FM and 1200 AM or at elonphoenix.com as Taylor Durham and Dan Wyarwill have the call. The radio broadcast will start at 2:30 p.m. Fans can also listen to all Elon football games via the TuneIn Radio app. This app is free to download to your smartphone.

A free video stream of the game will be available through Phoenix All-Access.

10:00 a.m. – Parking lots open
10:00 a.m. – Ferris Wheel opens
1:05 p.m. – Phoenix Walk
1:30 p.m. – Shuttle bus service begins (Shuttle Map)
2:00 p.m. – Ticket windows, bag check and gates open
3:00 p.m. – Phun Zone opens
3:13 p.m. – Invocation
3:14 p.m. – Fire of the Carolinas takes the field
3:15 p.m. – Letterwinner’s Lounge Opens in the Walker Room of Alumni Field House
3:22 p.m. – National anthem
3:29 p.m. – Team entrance
3:30 p.m. – Coin toss
3:33 p.m. – Kickoff of Elon vs. Richmond

Led by the cheerleaders and band, fans can welcome the Phoenix to Rhodes Stadium during the Phoenix Walk down Bank of America Drive. This week’s walk will occur at 1:05 p.m.

Beginning this season, Elon University has implemented a new policy for bags entering Rhodes Stadium. All bags entering the stadium will be checked before fans reach the ticket booths at the facility. Multiple lines will be available and there will be specific lines for fans entering with no bags.

The following items will be prohibited from Rhodes Stadium:
• Weapons
• Explosives
* Alcoholic beverages
• Outside food and beverages
• Smoking and tobacco products
• E-cigarettes
• Umbrellas
• Containers or coolers
• Flags on poles
• Bicycles, skateboards or rollerblades
• Pets (except service animals)

For more information on ticketing, parking and directions to Rhodes Stadium, please visit the Football Game Day web page.

For the second straight year, Elon will offer a digital game program that includes rosters, stats and video features. Make sure you are prepared for the game by utilizing the digital program.

Elon is in search of its first win against the Spiders. Richmond has claimed all six of the previous matchups. The two first met in 1928 and then did not meet again until the 2008 season opener at Rhodes Stadium. The Spiders have been ranked in each of the last five meetings prior to this season, inculding 16th in each of the past two years.

The Phoenix football squad elected two captains for the 2015 season. Serving as captain for the second year in a row is senior linebacker John Silas (Powder Springs, Ga.). He will be joined by first-year captain, junior offensive lineman Ikenna Nwokeji (Randolph, Mass.).

Each week the Phoenix will also name a game-week captain. The list of those captains is below:

• Gardner-Webb– LB Warren Messer (Garner, N.C.)
• at Charlotte – RB Brandon Gentry (Monroe, N.C.)
• Fayetteville State – DL Nick Groll (Armonk, N.Y.)
• at William & Mary – DB Malcolm Galloway (Norcross, Ga.)
• Villanova – DL Dondre Howell (Mooresville, N.C.)
• New Hampshire – OL CJ Toogood (Holly Springs, N.C.)
• Richmond – DB Chris Blair (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

• 10 passes broken up by the Phoenix against New Hampshire, including three by Chris Blair(Winston-Salem, N.C.)
• 10 games decided by one score in the three seasons under head coach Rich Skrosky
• 12 years since an Elon player last returned a fumble for a touchdown before Daniel Everett(Williamston, N.C.) brought one back 21 yards for a score

Elon is 1-1 after its bye week under Rich Skrosky. The Phoenix defeated Stony Brook 21-7 on the road last season and fell to North Carolina A&T 17-12 in 2014 after its off week. In the last five years, the Phoenix is 3-2 after a bye.