Western Carolina Athletics announced its first special promotion for the 2017 Catamount football season that includes a “blackout” at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field. Following the game, a postgame fireworks extravaganza will delight fans of all ages, all part of WCU’s September 9 home-opener against the Davidson Wildcats. Kickoff is slated for 6:00 pm.
All fans are encouraged to wear black to the game with the first 5,000 fans receiving a free WCU blackout T-shirt. Last season, 11,598 packed Whitmire Stadium for the Catamounts’ home opener and “White Out” victory over Gardner-Webb. The 2017 home opener is also billed as Catamount Club Appreciation Day with a special thanks to all of the Catamount Club members.
For a third-consecutive year, WCU’s postgame fireworks display will be presented by Ingles and iHeartRadio partners, 99.9 Kiss Country and Star 104.3.
“Ingles is so excited for another great season of Catamount football,” said Melissa Leavell, Director of Advertising for Ingles Markets. “We think sponsorship of the Blackout & Fireworks Night, along with our partners at iHeartRadio, is a great way to kick off the 2017 Catamount home football schedule.”
Western Carolina’s special “Blackout” uniforms will be debuted to the public the same day most of America goes dark in the middle of the afternoon with the much-anticipated solar eclipse on Monday, August 21. Catamount Athletics will host a special Facebook LIVE event with head coach Mark Speir, fielding questions about the season as well as giving a look at the special adidas uniforms.
A complete listing of special events surrounding each of Western Carolina's five home dates will be announced in the coming days. Last season, the Catamounts averaged 10,465 fans per home game, the largest average home attendance since 1991. Over the past three years, WCU has posted a 12-4 record at home under sixth-year head coach Mark Speir.
“Over the past five years, we’ve built Cullowhee into one of the best environments for college football – and one of the toughest places to play both in and out of the Southern Conference. We are again counting on the Catamount Nation to pack the ‘Whee for all five home dates in 2017, and continue that home field advantage that is second-to-none,” said Speir back in January when the 2017 schedule was released.
“Our black adidas uniforms, trimmed in purple and white, are very sharp. Doing a special uniform combination is something that our players really get amped about, and we feel our fans will enjoy the special look, too,” Speir said of the Blackout uniforms. “We, with the assistance from our great corporate partners, are also thrilled to again provide our fan base with postgame fireworks following our home opener.”
Season tickets for all five home dates of Western Carolina's 2017 football season are on sale now through the WCU Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Ramsey Center and online at CatamountSports.com. Fans can also call the ticket office toll free at (800) 34-GOWCU or (828) 227-2401. Fans who purchase or renew season tickets by July 31 will receive a special Patriotic Paws Bobblehead, courtesy of Pepsi, that will be distributed at the Nov. 11 Veterans Day home finale against Mercer (limit one bobblehead per account).
Season ticket sales are trending ahead of last year, so don't miss your opportunity to secure your seats. Individual game tickets go on sale to Catamount Club and season ticket holders on Aug. 1, and to the general public on Aug. 8.
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