Waco , TX — Baylor University is planning a debut party at the McLane stadium before the start of their football season.
This years "Traditions Rally" will include a performance by 2012 American Idol winner Phillip Phillips. The rally will also the Golden Wave Marching Band, spirit squads, members of the Bears’ 2014 football team and a fireworks show over the river to close out the celebrations.
The event normally draws a crowd in the thousands but Baylor is expecting an increase of attendees for this years rally.
“Given the strong collaborative effort that has made McLane Stadium possible, it is only fitting that the opening event in the new stadium will be a celebration that brings the entire community together,” said Kevin P. Jackson, Ph.D., vice president for student life at Baylor.
Doors to the free event will open at 5:30 p.m. The pep rally will begin at 7:30 p.m. inside McLane Stadium, followed by Phillips taking the stage around 8:15 p.m.
Free event parking will be available at McLane Stadium, as well as the Ferrell Center and the Dutton Avenue Parking Facility on the Baylor campus.
The concert by Phillips will be the first stop on his 35-city tour to promote his new album, “Behind the Light.” Following his “American Idol” season 11, Phillips released one of the biggest singles of 2012, the quadruple-platinum “Home,” which announced Phillip Phillips as a singer/guitarist of both rare authenticity and massive pop appeal.