TEMPE, Ariz. -- Here we go, Devils! ASU fans are getting ready for Thursday evening's first home game of the 2014-2015 season.
The Sun Devils will take on Weber State at 7:30 p.m. and excitement is building all around campus.
With 'character' as one of the core tenets of the Sun Devil Way, Sun Devil Athletics hosts its first-ever "Sun Devils Serve" football game.
ASU has partnered with various charitable organizations from around the Valley and will use the first home football game of the season to both honor and give back to local service groups and the community.
One of those groups is St. Mary's Food Bank. St. Mary's volunteers will be stationed outside the north and south entrances of Sun Devil Stadium on Thursday, August 28, beginning at 5:00 p.m. and will remain through the first 30 minutes after the opening kickoff at 7:30 p.m.
Fans are asked to help by bringing three canned food items to help ASU reach its goal of restocking the St. Mary's Food Bank shelves.
"ASU has been nice enough to help us try to restock our shelves for the fall," says Jerry Brown of St. Mary's Food Bank. "So we're having the kick-off food drive. There will be huge bins at the south end and north end of the stadium. We're asking everybody if they can a make a three can donation to help us out tonight. We really need to restock our shelves; we got hit hard this summer."
Sun Devil Athletics has placed an emphasis on meaningful service work within the local community. In 2013-14, over 500 Sun Devil student-athletes participated in community service activities, which accounted for 241,126 community members served over the time span of 6,113.75 hours.
ASU Band rehearsals are also in full swing, as band members prepare for the big game. The band will also be playing at a pep rally at 5:00 p.m. "We have a Devil Walk at 5:00 at Wells Fargo Arena," says one member, Josh. "We perform for the football team, for a bunch of fans who come out early. Then we head into the football stadium after that."
And don't miss the team shop. where you can check out a huge variety of fan gear. You'll also see a slice of history in the trophy display.
Also, the Clean Air Cab Company has also partnered with ASU to get students home safely after collegiate athletics. They are offering all students with a valid ASU ID a ten percent 10% discount for cab rides on this opening game day.
Fans expect it to be a great season. Arizona State fell just 60 minutes shy of the Rose Bowl in 2013, and with several key returning players and a coaching staff now in their third year in Tempe, the Sun Devils look to make another run.
After the August 28th game against Weber State, the team will travel to New Mexico on September 6. The Sun Devils will open conference play the following week with a road trip to Colorado, before enjoying their first bye of the year.
Coming off that bye will be a huge Thursday night showdown against UCLA, followed by a road trip to USC. That stretch could determine the eventual Pac-12 South champion. The Devils host the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on November 8th.
The Utah Utes trip on November 1st will mark ASU's homecoming game, and a rematch with Stanford comes on October 18th. The season concludes with the Territorial Cup game against Arizona on November 28th.
With the Pac-12's intradivisional schedule rotation, ASU will once again not play Oregon or Cal in 2014. Both will return on the schedule for 2015 and 2016, with Oregon State and Stanford being rotated off during that stretch.
2014 ASU Football Schedule
Aug. 28 - Weber State (Thursday)
Sept. 6 - at New Mexico
Sept. 13 - at Colorado
Sept. 20 - Bye
Sept. 25 - UCLA (Thursday)
Oct. 4 - at USC
Oct. 11 - Bye
Oct. 18 - Stanford
Oct. 25 - at Washington
Nov. 1 - Utah (Homecoming)
Nov. 8 - Notre Dame
Nov. 15 - at Oregon State
Nov. 22 - Washington State (Senior Day)
Nov. 28 - at Arizona (Friday)
Dec. 5 - Pac-12 Championship Game
About Sun Devil Stadium:
Sun Devil Stadium, home to the Pac-10 champion football team since 1958, holds 75,000 people. Sun Devil Stadium was the original home of the annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and hosted the 2008 Insight Bowl and the 1996 NFL Super Bowl.
Constructed between two mountain buttes, the stadium was literally carved from the desert. The stadium has been expanded and renovated four times. A stadium addition in 1992 provided Sun Devil Stadium with a more durable playing surface, improved patron sight lines in the lower seating levels, expanded the sideline area for player safety and improved access for television and print photographers.