Football returns to Mercer University in Macon this weekend. On Sept. 9, the No. 20-ranked Mercer Bears will face the Morehead State Eagles at 7 p.m. at Five Star Stadium. Here are three things to know before you go. 

The Bears are hungry for a win

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Mercer wide receiver Devron Harper carries the ball during the Bears’ 2022 game against Morehead State. Photo by Christopher Ian Smith

Coming off a rough road game, the Mercer Bears are looking for redemption during their first matchup at home. History is on their side. Mercer has a winning record for home openers, and in last year’s game against Morehead State, the Bears beat the Eagles by a whopping 63-13. Morehead State will be out for revenge, but Mercer is eager to not let that happen. 

Tailgating returns to Black Field

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Mercer fans tailgate on Black Field before the 2022 game against Morehead State. Photo by Christopher Ian Smith

Fans are invited to tailgate on Black Field before the game. Festivities start at noon and include the Fall Line Bear Garden, where fans ages 21 and older may enjoy locally brewed craft beer, and Dr Pepper Fansville, where kids can jump and play on inflatables. Country artist Spencer Crandall takes the stage for the Ford Football Concert Series at 3 p.m., followed by the Bear Walk at 4:30 p.m. and country musician John Langston at 4:35 p.m. Find out more about the Mercer football game day experience at

Mercer has a new ticketing website

Mercer’s new ticketing website,, makes it easier than ever for fans to buy tickets to their favorite athletics events. General admission tickets already are sold out, so we encourage you to secure your reserved seat now. As part of Education Day, students and educators from surrounding areas are eligible for $5 reserved tickets by using promo code EDU2023 at checkout.

Mercer vs. Morehead State 

When: 7 p.m. Sept. 9 
Where: Five Star Stadium 
Tickets: $15-$25, buy online at 
On TV: ESPN+  
On Radio: Mercer Sports Network – 100.9 The Creek FM or 

Feature photo by Christopher Ian Smith


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