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Along with honing skills and studying plays, the University at Buffalo football team spent some time in preseason having talent shows in the locker room and an occasional rap battle.

The details? Available online thanks to punter Peter Fardon and his blog "Kickin' It" featured on the football home page of buffaobulls.com.

Fardon, a 29-year-old from Australia, has been writing a personal blog during his four years in Buffalo to keep family and friends back home up-to-date on happenings in the United States. He approached the UB communications staff about doing a blog for the school's website to offer fans, and the family members of teammates, a slightly different look at the team.

"During camp a log of guys may forget to call their moms about the day, so I get a lot of parents coming up to me during the season saying it's great to know what my boy's up to," Fardon said. "You get a different perspective than the university side of things with press releases. It gives a little insight ... into what we do in between practices. Obviously I've got a unique situation where I can watch both the offense, the defense and the special teams units. I've gotten some good feedback and I enjoy doing it."

Fardon writes brief entries about practice and the team along with posting videos of interviews with his teammates.

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Ready for some tailgating?

UB is offering a new feature to make enjoying pregame festivities easier. Stampede Square is a new fan hospitality zone located 100 yards from UB Stadium. The reserved tailgating spot for groups of 10 or more includes a tent, tables and chairs with packages beginning at $300. Customized catering packages are also available along with a 60 percent discount on ticket prices.

Adult tickets for home games are $21, down from $30 last year, with the exception of the game against Connecticut, which has single adult tickets at $23.

All season, the Bulls will feature a ticket package with Dave & Busters. For $80 the "Friends and Family Pack" includes four UB football tickets, $40 in Dave & Busters Power Cards and a $10 Dave & Busters Gift Card.

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The Bulls will honor community heroes at their home opener on Sept. 10, offering free tickets to current and former armed forces personnel.

Buffalo will celebrate Homecoming on Sept. 24 to cap the university's True Blue Days celebration, including the investiture of UB president Satish Tripathi. In addition to crowning the traditional Homecoming Court at halftime, there will be a postgame fireworks show.

Other promotions include:

Oct. 8: International Fest, celebrating the cultural diversity of UB and the surrounding community.

Oct. 22: Junior Bulls Bash with activities geared toward the youngest Bulls fans.

Nov. 19: Made in Buffalo Day.

Nov. 25: Fan Appreciation Day, presented by Tim Hortons.

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Paul Peck returns for his fourth straight season of calling the play-by-play action for the Bulls radio broadcasts on 1230 AM in Buffalo and 1280 AM in Rochester.

Jim Kubiak returns as analyst. Nick Mendola returns for sideline duties and to work the pregame show. New to the crew is Scott Wilson, who will host the pre- and postgame shows along with the weekly "Jeff Quinn Show" on Thursdays on 1230 AM.

email: amoritz@buffnews.com