The Ball State athletics department and football team hosted its annual "Paint the Town Red" presented by MutualBank to encourage community support.
The 2013 football team hosted the community festivities from Noon-2 p.m. at Canan Commons in downtown Muncie and from 6-8 p.m. at the Walmart at 1501 East 29th Street in Muncie.
Free food was available for the first 500 visitors at both locations, and the Ball State football team and coaches were available for autographs. The Ball State student-athletes distributed schedule posters and magnets to all the local businesses in the area.
The Cardinals will also host their annual Fan Jam at Scheumann Stadium Saturday for all fans and community members from 5-7 p.m. The event is open to the public and free of charge.
Ball State opens the season Thurs., Aug. 29, with a 7 p.m. home game at Scheumann Stadium vs. Illinois State.
Order your tickets for the season or for any single game online at www.ballstatesports.com or by calling 1.888.BSU.TICKET.