A T-shirt featuring the Bridger Mountains has been selected as the winning design for the Montana State University Gold Rush game, which is set for Thursday, Sept. 3, against Fort Lewis College in Bobcat Stadium.
Now in its ninth year, Gold Rush kicks off the Bobcat home football season and is designed to inspire fans to showcase their Bobcat spirit by filling the stadium in a sea of gold.
Mark Johnson of Billings created this year’s winning T-shirt design. Johnson identifies himself as a lifelong Bobcat fan who has attended every Gold Rush game.
Johnson drew on his love for Bobcat football, love of design and countless memories from past Bobcat games as the inspiration for his winning design.
“We have a great view of the Bridger Mountains from our seats at the games, so that’s one of the first things that came to mind for this design,” Johnson said.
In addition to the game day experience, Gold Rush is an opportunity for the family to come together from all over Montana and kick off the season, Johnson said.
“Seeing the stands filled with gold just shows what a great program this is, and it gets us fired up for another season,” Johnson said.
“Once again the Bobcat fans stepped up with an overwhelmingly positive response,” Jurgens said. “We received more submissions than ever before from all over Montana. Our fans have proven they are some of the best in the nation. We’re thrilled the fans are so engaged in Gold Rush and are excited to release the new design today.”
The limited edition Gold Rush T-shirts go on sale today. T-shirts are $12 and may be purchased at the MSU Bookstore and at Universal Athletic stores in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell and Missoula. Gold Rush shirts are also available online at www.msubookstore.org and at http://www.universalathletic.com/.
Contact: Julie Kipfer, MSU director of marketing, (406) 994-5737