Baylor to honor West during Big 12 opener

Baylor is offering citizens and first responders of West, Texas free tickets against West Virginia.

Baylor is reaching out to its nearby neighbors in West, Texas.

The town's citizens and first responders will be admitted free to Baylor's Big 12 opener against West Virginia on Oct. 5. The gesture is part of a day-long tribute to the town, which is still recovering from an explosion at a fertilizer company in West on April 17. The explosion killed 15 people, and their deaths will be recognized by a moment of silence during an on-field ceremony at halftime. More than 200 people were injured in the explosion.

The ceremony will also honor officials from the city, as well as first responders and staff from the school district, Baylor University and the Texas Baptist men.

The pre-game Baylor Line tradition will also feature people from West running alongside university president Ken Starr.

The Bears helmets will also feature a sticker to recognize the community.

Baylor played host to an April 25 memorial service for those killed. President Barack Obama attended. The university also established a relief fund, which has raised more than $290,000 to help the community's recovery efforts.

Tickets will be available to West citizens from 6-8 p.m. on Sept. 25-26 at the West Community Center.

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