Rutgers University is gearing up for its first season in the Big Ten Conference with a tour reaching out to alumni and fans up and down the East Coast.

The school announced Monday that the “R Big Tour" will make a total of 145 appearances, including six premier stops, in the coming months, commemorating the 145th year of Scarlet Knight football.

One of the the six premier stops will be in Atlantic City on Thursday, May 15 at the Landshark Bar at Margaritaville at Resorts Atlantic City. There will also be an stop at P.J. Whelihans in Cherry Hill on May 29.

The premier stops will feature an informal, meet-and-greet format with football coach Kyle Flood, men’s basketball coach Eddie Jordan, women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer and athletic director Julie Hermann. Several Olympic sport coaches will also attend.

Online registration is $10 for the Atlantic City event and is available at Ralumni.com/RBigTour14. Walk-up registration is also available for an additional $5. Those 21 and over will receive a free drink voucher and a commemorative gift with registration.

New Big Ten merchandise will also be available for purchase at the events.

Other premier stops include New York City (May 2), Washington, D.C. (June 11), Hoboken (June 19) and Lake Como (July 12).

All events are open to the general public. Rutgers officially enters the Big Ten on July 1.

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