Announcements and Important Events
Zeeland West is the home team
- Tickets are only available at the gate, not in the athletic offices
- Anybody wearing official BeNice clothing apparel gets in for free (shirts or hats…not bracelets.) Please proceed directly to the gate, not the ticket window, if you have a pass, be nice clothing, or are participating in an official capacity.
- We will NOT be clearing the stadium after the be nice. game
- Re-entry is allowed with an athletic pass, be nice. clothing or a hand stamp right up until the national anthem is played. After that, there will be no re-entry allowed.
- There is no reserving of seats with blankets, clothing, etc. If you leave your blanket unattended, it will be picked up by event workers.
- Bring a blanket and enjoy lawn seats on the hill.
- No playing on the hills or in the bushes, please. The play area is behind the scoreboard.
- As always, no skateboards, bicycles, coolers, or animals.
- Please do not park in the handicap spaces unless you have the appropriate plate or tag! We have a special needs event going on before the game, and even later on, some folks may need those spaces for picking people up. Also, if there is an orange cone in a spot, that means it is saved for an event worker. Please do not move the cone and take the spot…even after halftime.
- No parking is allowed in the stadium drop-off loop! Please keep this open for dropping off, picking up and emergency vehicles.
Here is a timeline of events:
6:00-7:00AM – WZZM live morning broadcast from the ZW Main Gym. Doughnuts and drinks provided. Competitions between West and East students with prizes, a $200 cash give-away (from WZZM) and any student who comes will receive a free ticket to the football game. Wear your school colors.
7:30-10:00AM – The Zeeland School Store is open for you to purchase DUX & CHIX gear before the big game. The store is located on a corner in the ZW rotunda.
3:00-5:30PM – The Zeeland School Store is open, once again, for you to purchase DUX & CHIX gear before the big game. The store is located on a corner in the ZW rotunda.
4:30 - One gate on the home side will be open at 4:30 for the EMPOWER Game. Read more about this event below.
4:30 - The home side concession stand will also open at this time.
4:45 – Empower Game played on the field. Pizza and beverages will be provided for any students who come early to support this game! (Read about Empower below)
- Visit the Big E’s booth just outside the stadium to play a game for prizes.
5:30 Tailgating in the grassy area of the parking lot, near the home ticket booth. Look for the DUX flag. Everyone is invited, just bring a dish to share and a chair/blanket to sit on. Thanks to Karsten Masonry for supplying the burgers!
6:00 – The away gates open and also a 2nd gate on the home side. If you have a pass or are wearing be nice. gear, please go directly to the gate. Do not go to a ticket window.
- The Zeeland Athletic Boosters will have items for sale by both the home and away gates.
- Visit the Holland Hospital tent for free face painting and give-aways.
6:40 – Rocket Football & Rocket Cheerleader teams are announced.
6:45 – The Zeeland Marching Band takes the field for the fight songs – Please stand and clap and sing along loudly! The words to the ZW Fight Song are on your roster.
6:55 – National Anthem performed by the Band. Again, please sing along loudly and proudly!
7:00 – KICK OFF!! Go DUX!!
Halftime – Zeeland Marching Band & Zeeland Dance Ensemble perform
Postgame – Use the Vitale’s coupon on the roster to celebrate/commiserate with friends and family.
Empower Football Game. What is it???
“The freshman and JV football players, along with each schools' cheerleaders, will come together to run Zeeland Public Schools' first ever be nice. EMPOWER! event for middle school and high school students in the ZPS district who have cognitive disabilities and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The event is limited to students with disabilities in 6th through 12th grade registered through the link provided. Registered students will be partnered with a Freshman or JV football player or cheerleader, who will serve as their mentor for the event. Each participant will receive a shirt and participate in football drills and have the experience of scoring a touchdown, or connecting with participating cheerleaders who will cheer on the players during the event.
The event is free of charge for participants. All spectators may enter for free if wearing a “be nice.” shirt or pay the $5.00 gate fee which also includes watching the East/West varsity football game that kicks off at 7:00pm. The home side gate for the be nice. EMPOWER! event will open at 4:30pm, with a start time of 4:45pm. The event will conclude around 6:00pm. All athletes and cheerleaders will also receive a medal commemorating their participation. Please stay and cheer on your varsity team at no additional charge.