IGT powers in-person betting at PA’s Valley Forge sportsbook

first_imgCasino & games Regions: US Pennsylvania IGT powers in-person betting at PA’s Valley Forge sportsbook Topics: Casino & games Sports betting Tech & innovation Email Address International Game Technology (IGT) has deployed its PlayDigital PlayShot technology to power in-person sports wagering services at FanDuel’s new sportsbook at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in Pennsylvania.center_img International Game Technology (IGT) has deployed its PlayDigital PlayShot technology to power in-person sports wagering services at FanDuel’s new sportsbook at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in Pennsylvania.Punters at the casino in King of Prussia are now able to place over-the-counter wagers via PlayShot. Betting is available on all major sports and US collegiate events.With this launch, IGT PlayShot is operational in six states: Nevada, New Jersey, Mississippi, West Virginia, Rhode Island and now Pennsylvania.“Together with FanDuel, IGT PlayDigital created a scalable sports betting ecosystem with PlayShot for Valley Forge Casino Resort that delivers an exceptional wagering experience,” IGT’s senior vice-president for PlayDigital, Enrico Drago, said.“Adding Pennsylvania to the growing roster of states where PlayShot is deployed reinforces the flexibility and market-readiness of the technology, and propels PlayShot’s position as the leading B2B sports betting platform in the US.”The new 1,800sq ft sportsbook opened at the Boyd Gaming-owned casino last week, with customers having access to seven teller windows, 29 video displays, two sports tickers and a seating area.The launch serves as an extension of a partnership between FanDuel and Boyd, with the two parties having already launched a sportsbook at Boyd’s IP Casino Resort and Spa in Biloxi, Mississippi.Earlier this month, IGT also linked up with Paddy Power Betfair-owned FanDuel to roll out its PlayShot technology in New Jersey. FanDuel installed 14 PlayDigital PlayShot QuickBet kiosks at its sportsbook facility at the New Meadowlands Racetrack, with visitors now able to place a range of bets via the kiosks.Image: Montgomery County Planning Commission 19th March 2019 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

Svenska Spel awards SEK5m in addiction research grants

first_img5th July 2019 | By contenteditor Casino & games Svenska Spel awards SEK5m in addiction research grants AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Svenska Spel’s Research Council has selected five new research projects to support, issuing grants totalling SEK5m (£425,471/€474,312/$534,260) to initiatives looking to find ways to better treat understand gambling addiction.The operator has only revealed details of three of the projects to it will support, with one to map gambling addiction among professional ice hockey players in Sweden.Another grant will help fund the development of a new internet-based addiction treatment service, while the other will examine the connection between trauma and problem gambling in women.“It is with great pleasure that we have selected projects that have the potential to contribute to increased knowledge about gambling addiction,” Svenska Spel research council chair Sara Lindholm said.Established in 2010, the research council awards grants of SEK5m each year, to increase knowledge and understanding of gambling problems, and how best to prevent them. It is made up of experienced researchers and representatives from social interest groups, and assesses applications based on the scientific quality of the project, and its relevance to society.“At Svenska Spel we strive to offer safe games and gaming environments,” Svenska Spel sustainability manager Scarlett Roa explained. “To be able to develop our responsible gaming processes it is crucial to support research.”The operator has already set high social responsibility controls, which has seen it cease offering bonuses and promotions, and implement ID verification across all channels. The controls have been tightened further in 2019, with Svenska Spel cancelling all advertising for its online casino product for the remainder of the year, as a result of the high risk profile of games such as slots. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Svenska Spel’s Research Council has selected five new research projects to support, issuing grants totalling SEK5m to initiatives looking to find ways to better treat and understand gambling addiction. Email Address Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Lottery People Sports betting Strategy Regions: Europe Nordics Sweden Tags: Mobile Online Gamblinglast_img read more

Simbisa Brands Limited (SIM.zw) 2017 Annual Report

first_imgSimbisa Brands Limited (SIM.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2017 annual report.For more information about Simbisa Brands Limited (SIM.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Simbisa Brands Limited (SIM.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Simbisa Brands Limited (SIM.zw)  2017 annual report.Company ProfileSimbisa Brands Limited is the largest fast-food restaurant operator in Zimbabwe and owns, operates and franchises a selection of well-known Quick Service Restaurant brands. These include Pizza Inn and Chicken Inn, and Nandos and Steers of South Africa. Simbisa Brands Limited has an extensive footprint in Africa, with outlets in Zimbabwe and 10 African countries including Kenya, Ghana, Mauritius, Botswana, DRC, Malawi, Swaziland, Lesotho and Zambia. The fast-food restaurant group is a spin-off from Innscor Africa, a ZSE-listed manufacturing group in Zimbabwe. Simbisa Brands Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

The Rugby Club Plays of the Week – I see it but I don’t believe it!

first_imgFriday Jun 25, 2010 The Rugby Club Plays of the Week – I see it but I don’t believe it! It’s the end of a long week so time to kick back and enjoy what the weekend has to offer. Don’t get too comfy just yet though, as this edition of the Fox Sports Plays of the Week is sure to have you squirming in your seat. Last week’s edition,made by the Rugby Club in Australia, touched a few nerves with the folks up North. This week, after suffering defeat at the hands of England, things are predictably less jovial when it comes to the North-South banter.After all, Matt Giteaumanaged to embarrass himself twice in five minutes as he not only milked a penalty, but failed to slot it from point blank range. Next time, just chuck it over, Matt.As mentioned, Dan Carterwas on sensational form as he dismantled the touring Wales side single handedly at times. They’ll meet again this weekend where we’ll see if it’s another whitewash or if there’s still some gas left in the tank. The latest fixturesare up now so take a look there to see what’s happening in international Test rugby tomorrow.Speaking of New Zealand, a lot of you will be heading down there for the World Cup next year and isn’t it encouraging to know that naked rugby is common place on the land of the long white.. cloud?While we all thought that the New Zealand Maori Haka, the Timatanga, was the most intimidating wardance of the last few days, the Nude Blacks are indeed something to behold. :: Related Posts :: The Rugby Club Plays of the Week – North vs South Time: 02:00 ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. 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Nannup Holiday House / Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects

first_img Projects “COPY” Houses Architects: iredale pedersen hook architects Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeiredale pedersen hook architectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesNannupHousesAustraliaPublished on April 09, 2014Cite: “Nannup Holiday House / Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects” 09 Apr 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Brolga Developments and Construction 2013 Nannup Holiday House / Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects “COPY” ArchDaily Terpkos Engineering Nannup Holiday House / Iredale Pedersen Hook ArchitectsSave this projectSaveNannup Holiday House / Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects Photographs Year: center_img Australia 2013 photographs:  Peter BennettsPhotographs:  Peter Bennetts Builder: CopyHouses•Nannup, Australia Structural Engineer: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/493539/nannup-holiday-house-iredale-pedersen-hook-architects Clipboard Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/493539/nannup-holiday-house-iredale-pedersen-hook-architects Clipboard Save this picture!© Peter Bennetts+ 42 Share Save this picture!© Peter BennettsThe Nannup Holiday house forms part of a wandering path through the landscape from Perth to Nannup. This path dialogues with the landscape of intense forest, meandering river and rolling hills, each experience is carefully choreographed to enrich the occupancy of the house. A Jeykll and Hyde experience of the landscape is carefully controlled through oscillating vertical (forest) and horizontal (horizon) openings and the contrast of grounded and floating experiences. While the exterior dialogues with the numerous fallen trees, the interior is revealed through a sequence of ‘growth rings’ coded and extruded in relation to the building program.Program Resolution Save this picture!© Peter BennettsThis is a holiday house, a place of temporary inhabitation that offers a variety of experiences and relationship to the native landscape. Spaces are strung in a line, an open-ended line that allows one to enter, exist and then leave and continue. The house is part of a broader and longer experience that constitutes the experience of being on ‘holiday’, the travel to and from the site and the experience of visiting local towns and tourist attractions are then contemplated and celebrated in the context of this residence. Save this picture!© Peter BennettsSpaces are organised to provide a sense of seclusion and retreat, guests view the forest from a distance through vertical windows, the boys view the horizon and rolling hills through shared horizontal openings and the parents almost touch the natural landscape. These areas are collected by a dark, twisting and cranking space clad in recycled jarrah that oscillates between interior and exterior creating a sense of ambiguity. Outlook from this space is carefully controlled to provide detailed relief, openings also align to view through interior to exterior to interior and back to exterior.Built form context relationshipSave this picture!© Peter BennettsThe building hovers above the native landscape minimising disturbance, it is a shadow to the immense forest, cranking in plan and undulating in section. The plan twists in relationship to program requirements and variety of views. The section undulates in direct dialogue to the backdrop forest enriching the spatial experience with variety and complexity; spatial proportion varies between rooms capturing the verticality of the forest and the horizontality of the horizon.Save this picture!© Peter BennettsIt sits between the edge of the forest and the edge of the flood plain, the space between fire and flood, a fragile zone of existence. The ground level is dominated by roaming wild pigs (the size of humans), tiger snakes, dugites and other less threatening native fauna including emus and kangaroos. The elevated house with access via the steel grate ramps creates a safe retreat to observe nature.Save this picture!© Peter BennettsMaterials were carefully selected to dialogue with the context, dark Colorbond steel, rusting steel and recycled Jarrah contributes to the notion of the building as ‘shadow’. This concept continues internally, the main passage being dark and an extension of the exterior (recycled Jarrah) and primary living spaces being lighter and more connected to the exterior (recycled WA Blackbutt). Small fragments of intense colour capture the colours of the forest undergrowth.Integration of Allied DisciplinesSave this picture!Floor PlanThe core building team camped on site during construction; it became an obsession, highly crafted and full of pride. Our structural engineer also travelled regularly to site while visiting his own holiday farm in the vicinity. His knowledge of local conditions and contractors was highly valued. The project enjoyed a high level of respect and collaboration between all teams; this is reflected in the end result. SustainabilitySave this picture!© Peter BennettsThis project offers a holistic approach to environmental sustainability commencing with design and placement of access paths. The vehicle access path is placed along the site edge an area that requires annual clearing for the firebreak. This enables us to minimise the clearing of land. The materials required to build the access path were quarried from the site (gravel and clean yellow sand). These areas were immediately rehabilitated with plant species already existing on the site.Save this picture!© Peter BennettsThe house was sited and designed to minimise clearing of bush and removal of trees. The area under the house is then free for re-introducing local species and will be fed by the grey water recycling.Save this picture!© Peter BennettsMaterials were selected based on a life cycle analysis of embodied energy, Colorbond cladding provides a durable exterior core and inhabited areas include recycled Jarrah and recycled WA Blackbutt. Timber off cuts was re-used for storeroom linings.Save this picture!© Peter BennettsThe building structure is 90% treated plantation pine and most furniture constructed from hoop pine plantation plywood. The structure was mostly pre-fabricated to minimise building waste.Save this picture!© Peter BennettsThe long roof form increases the capacity to capture rainwater, this is re-used in the house. Grey Water is recycled for garden watering under the house. Water is heated from a solar hot water system with back up instantaneous gas hot water systems located close to areas of water use to minimise water waste. Water consumption is reduces with rated fixtures and fittings.Save this picture!SketchesPhoto Voltaic cells balanced over the year easily cover consumption requirements. Power consumption is minimised through energy efficient equipment, use of LED and Compact Fluorescent globes and feature wall mounted light fittings manufactured from plantation plywood. Applied coatings are minimised and generally Low Voc or oil. Project gallerySee allShow lessArchaeology of the Periphery: Moscow Beyond Its CenterArticlesAD Interviews: Jeanne Gang / Studio Gang ArchitectsInterviews Share Proyect Team:Adrian Iredale, Finn Pedersen, Martyn Hook, Drew Penhale, Caroline Di Costa, Jason Lenard, Matthew FletcherCity:NannupCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Peter BennettsRecommended ProductsMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade Systems last_img read more

Dickens £10 note no longer legal tender from tomorrow

first_img Howard Lake | 30 July 2003 | News  26 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Dickens £10 note will not be legal tender from after today.The Bank of England will withdraw the £10 note with a portrait of Charles Dickens on the reverse from tomorrow. If your charity still has any of these notes they should be paid promptly into a bank, Post Office or building society. Advertisementcenter_img Tagged with: Finance Dickens £10 note no longer legal tender from tomorrow About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

EasyJet launches third year of onboard collections for Anthony Nolan Trust

first_imgEasyJet launches third year of onboard collections for Anthony Nolan Trust Howard Lake | 14 July 2008 | News www.easyjet.com About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: corporate EasyJet has already raised a £1.3 million in total for The Anthony Nolan Trust after carrying out on board collections during the summers of 2006 and 2007. The charity reports that this has enabled it to recruit approximately 18,000 new donors to the bone marrow register. EasyJet on-board collections will take place on all flights starting on 14 July through to 26 September 2008. A proportion of the money raised will be given to other bone marrow registers in Europe. For the third year running passengers on board EasyJet flights during the summer will be encouraged to donate their change and help recruit lifesaving donors for the Anthony Nolan Trust.England World Cup winner and Lions Rugby star, Will Greenwood MBE, launched this year’s campaign for the leukaemia charity.  32 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisementlast_img read more

Testing and medical insurance: a profitable disaster

first_imgDrive-through COVID-19 testing in Bergen County, N.J. These tests were a “partnership” of state government with Quest Diagnostics and Walmart stores hosting the sites.In the midst of a capitalist crash and an out-of-control health crisis, two mega-industries that bear a heavy burden of responsibility for the health disaster are reporting soaring profits. “The nation’s leading health insurers are experiencing an embarrassment of profits,” reported the New York Times Aug. 6. “Anthem, Humana and United Health Group second quarter earnings are double what they were a year ago.”The U.S. has the world’s highest number of COVID-19 cases, over 5 million, and the highest number of deaths. In addition, millions of laid-off workers are losing health insurance.The profits of medical insurance companies are supposed to be capped and rebates provided to those paying health premiums. But it turns out no rebates are planned.Testing for the coronavirus has become another profitable disaster. Shares in the two major COVID-19 testing companies — Quest Diagnostics and Laboratory Corporation of America — are soaring.The fact that it can take two weeks and even longer for COVID-19 test results, and that results are not coordinated nationally, makes tracking irrelevant. Nevertheless, it is very lucrative. Quest will earn $1 billion this year — over 10% more than they estimated 6 months ago. As Quest Chief Financial Officer Mark Guinan explained, detecting COVID-19 brings “good margins.” (“How U.S. made Covid-19 tests a profitable disaster,” Reuters, July 23)Every enterprise in a capitalist system exists to make a profit. If it doesn’t make a profit, it has no purpose. A company that makes profits, especially in the midst of a capitalist crash, is considered a healthy investment — even if it is costing tens of thousands of lives.Medical insurance conglomerates are profitable — even if millions are left uninsured and don’t get to see a doctor because co-payments are too high. Some 41% of the population can’t afford to visit an emergency room.Big Pharma, the largest drug companies, are enormously profitable. So drugs, rather than health programs, are promoted for every possible condition.Mergers of hundreds of hospitals into giant conglomerates are profitable, even if medical staff are laid off, advance orders of essential personal protective and other equipment are short-listed, and thousands of hospital beds are lost. Because of this, the U.S. has fewer hospital beds per person than 80% of the world’s nations and closes hospitals faster.Profits first at labs, tooQuest and Lab Corp are profitable precisely because these giant lab corporations are unwilling to invest in equipment and labs they might not need six months from now.Since insurers will pay even when tests are so late as to be useless, this gives big labs an incentive to keep piling up the tests as long as share prices keep rising, regardless of how long patients and doctors are kept waiting for the results. Even though other, much faster tests are easily available in the U.S. and around the world, these two lab conglomerates have contracts locked in with the big hospital and insurance corporations for almost all lab tests. Hospitals can most profitably use the interconnected software of the big corporate labs. In the pressure to maximize income, both for-profit and nonprofit institutions consistently push for greater privatization and the elimination of competitors.Public health has become an unprofitable shamblesBecause U.S. health care operates on an uncoordinated, for-profit basis, it is one of the most expensive and unequal systems in the world. Of the more than $3.5 trillion that the U.S. population spends annually on health care, a meager 2.5% goes to public health. (“COVID-19 and Underinvestment in the Public Health Infrastructure of the United States,” Milbank Quarterly, June 2020)Public health is just not profitable. Despite its importance, U.S. expenditures on public health have steadily been cut at all levels, especially since the 2008 capitalist crash. Local health departments have lost more than 55,000 staff members.A hiring freeze at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has left hundreds of positions unfilled. Meanwhile, the top positions are full of political appointees connected to biotech, pharmaceutical and insurance companies.Public health funding for preparedness and disease surveillance has been on a downward trend for decades. The CDC budget was cut another 17% in 2018.Now the CDC issues only vague guidelines and recommendations, and its advice is watered-down or worthless. It took three months into the pandemic for it to even recommend that people wear masks.Health care in the U.S. is a patchwork that is unraveling.  The lack of coordination and planning leaves millions without medical care in the best of times. Now, during the COVID-10 epidemic, it has created an uncontrolled medical crisis that is a global threat.Countries around the world are closing their doors to travelers from the U.S. because conditions here are so out of control.Wrong kind of infrastructureThe United States is a technologically and scientifically advanced, modern, industrial society. But the overwhelming majority of the people are without basic health protection. Why does this glaring contradiction exist?The U.S. does not lack infrastructure; it just has the wrong kind of infrastructure. It lacks a coordinated, national, public health infrastructure.But it does have pre-existing infrastructures that make it incapable of dealing with health, social or environmental crises.A majority of the federal budget’s discretionary spending goes to the largest, most sophisticated and expensive military infrastructure in world history — over 5,000 military bases, more than 800 of them around the world, plus 13,000 military aircraft and 500 ships. There are huge multibillion-dollar stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction, nuclear and conventional. There are 1.3 million active duty personnel, 600,000 military contractors and a well-coordinated chain of command.The U.S. also has the largest, most repressive and racist prison infrastructure in the world: more than 2 million incarcerated, overwhelmingly people of color. And it has the largest police force in the world by far: 800,000 cops. There are 17,985 U.S. police agencies.The police infrastructure is so highly coordinated that an electronic fingerprint test takes 15 seconds to get results, through automated fingerprint identification connected to police agencies all over the country. This database is part of the repressive national infrastructure. It functions very well.Compare that to the two weeks on average to get the results of a COVID-19 test, where results nationally are totally uncoordinated.Under capitalism, an economic crash occurs every 7 to 10 years. This has been true for three centuries. It is expected, predictable, unavoidable and devastating for millions of people. But it always leads to greater concentrations of capital and wealth.The huge military machine and the giant repressive prison and police apparatus serve an essential role. They exist to hold this global capitalist empire together and to ensure the ability of a tiny handful of capitalist owners and major shareholders to make superprofits.The tremendous cost of an infrastructure for military and police repression, alongside the lack of any health care infrastructure, becomes more dangerous with every passing day.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

The Watch is on for High Path Avian Influenza

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News The Watch is on for High Path Avian Influenza Previous articleNew Faster Satellite Internet can Help in the Farm OfficeNext articleMorning Outlook Gary Truitt The Watch is on for High Path Avian Influenza By Gary Truitt – Jan 4, 2016 Facebook Twitter The Watch is on for High Path Avian InfluenzaLast year 48 million birds, mostly turkeys and laying hens, were depopulated in response to the spread of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza. The watch is on for a return of the outbreak this winter. The spread of the disease that infected poultry operations in the west and here in the Midwest was caused by migrating birds moving north. The concern now is that as those birds migrate back south, there will be a return of the disease.Maurice Pitesky, with University of California Davis,  says the birds use flyways that take them right over key poultry-producing areas, “These flyways are like freeways, and they interconnect allowing the birds to come in contact with birds from other regions.” He said, for example, some of the birds last spring had virus infections that had been gotten from birds in Korea.So far, all is quiet, says USDA’s Rob Johansson, “We had had a rather mild fall and early winter, so we are not seeing the large number of migrating birds that we had last spring.” Yet, it is still early and officials are cautious.  Johansson says the industry is better prepared this time around to prevent a massive infestation, “The biosecurity on many of the poultry houses is better, and this should help keep down the infestation.”He adds, the virus is still out there with reports of HPAI coming in from Europe and some areas of the west coast. Only one case was found in Northeast Indiana last year, but state officials have plans in place should an outbreak occur. SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

Students travel to take on the Iron Skillet

first_imgCaleb Jakana ReddIt + posts Kenny Hill disappoints in 2018 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Class of 2017 alumnus Kenneth Ankoma-Sey printThe Horned Frogs hit the road today and some fans are following.Fans have long been considered an extra player. Their cheers and presence can help spur a team that’s lagging or boost one that’s doing well even higher.Head coach Gary Paterson has said in the past that fans are essential.“It’s not all on the shoulders of team. (Fans) need to get themselves out (and) it needs to be a loud crowd,” Patterson said. “We don’t need to be loud as soon as something good happens. We need to be loud as soon as we walk into the stadium.”SMU is TCU’s crosstown rival, but students are divided on the importance of trekking to Dallas for the latest battle for the Iron Skillet.Senior Kenneth Ankoma-sey said that the players need the support from fans during road games because going into another opponents territory can be intimidating.“It definitely has an impact,” Ankoma-sey said. “If no one goes, who does the team turn to for support?”First-year Sebastian Kong said going to away games are imperative.“It’s important to support your team by attending the games,” Kong said.Junior Philip Kafuluma has a different opinion. Kafuluma said that traveling to an away game won’t make that much difference to the team.“The cheers of away games are always drowned by those of the home fans, especially in college sports,” said Kafuluma.Ticket prices for this game ranged from $40-$60.Kick-off between the Horned Frogs and the Mustangs is set for 7 p.m in Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Twitter A guide to on campus fun Previous articleHouse Calls helped students transition in collegeNext articleTCU participates in National Hazing Prevention Week Caleb Jakana RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Caleb Jakanahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/caleb-jakana/ TAGStext only Caleb Jakanahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/caleb-jakana/ TCU revamps Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium Caleb Jakanahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/caleb-jakana/center_img Facebook Twitter ReddIt Caleb Jakanahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/caleb-jakana/ First TCU spring game since 2018 gets fans primed for a highly-anticipated fall LaDainian Tomlinson calls for racial understanding, asks TCU to lead the charge Linkedin Facebook Linkedin TCU defeated Iowa State 41-20 on Homecoming and Family Weekend. (Sam Bruton/ TCU360) Caleb Jakana is a senior news and media studies major and criminology minor from Flower Mound, Texas. When he is not reporting, he is either playing basketball, watching a sporting event or just eating food. A host of rookie Horned Frogs find roles in the NFLlast_img read more