UMass Announces Seating Change For McGuirk Stadium Games This Season
June 11, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - Last week, a letter was sent to UMass football season ticket holders explaining a change in seating arrangement for McGuirk Stadium this season as three games will be returning to campus. With construction of the new Martin & Richard Jacobson Press And Skybox Complex set for completion this summer and an increase in national television exposure, the home sideline has been moved from the West stands (press box side) to the East stands.
This move will showcase the tremendous support UMass football has from our fans, students and the Marching band as national television audiences watch the Minutemen this year. UMass is slated to host Ball State on Nov. 12, a Wednesday night, in what has become a showcase time slot nationally for Mid-American Conference teams. The MAC has made a name for itself in recent history with the creation of the mid-week contests as they are the only college football games televised nationally in that particular time slot.
Below is the letter from UMass Director of Athletics John McCutcheon explaining the move. Current season ticket holders have until June 13 to call the UMass Ticket Office (866-862-7784) if they wish to move their current seat assignments from the West side to the East side. After that move is made, single game tickets for home games at McGuirk Stadium will go on sale.
Last year, the UMass football program set an all-time attendance record with six games at Gillette Stadium. This year, expectations are high once again as the Minutemen will host Boston College and Colorado at Gillette Stadium before returning to McGuirk Stadium in late September to host Bowling Green for Homecoming. Other games highlighting the home schedule this season will be the nationally televised mid-week game at McGuirk against Ball State and Band Day at Gillette Stadium for the Eastern Michigan game.
Dear UMass Football Season Ticket Holder,
For the upcoming season and beyond the UMass football team will be moving to the opposite sideline as what you have been used to at McGuirk Stadium. The home team sideline along with the home fan seats will now be located on the East side of the venue.
Please review the enclosed seating chart for additional information. I know this may affect many of your seats as you have locked in for the 2014 season. After careful consideration, we feel this move will give us a competitive advantage by presenting our team and out great fans more visibly during nationally televised games.
Historically the East side, which is on the opposite side of the field from the new state-of-the-art Martin and Richard Jacobson Football Press and Skybox Complex, was for the visiting team and their fans.
With the installation of a new press box and more home games being televised nationally, we feel this change will showcase our Minutemen, the fans, our students, and the Minuteman Marching Band more prominently. There will be no better display of this than on Nov. 12 when the Wednesday night game against Ball State is televised on ESPN2/ESPNU.
Understanding that some of you may choose to keep your seats that you have called home for many New England autumns and may want to relocate, we want to give you that option. Please check below with your desired option and we will do our best to accommodate each and every one of you. If you wish to relocate your seats, we ask that you contact the Athletic Ticket Office by June 13. If we do not hear back from you, will take it that you are happy where your seats are and wish to remain. Please feel free to contact us at 866-UMASS-TIX (866-862-7784).
_____ I like my seat and wish to remain
Thank you once again for your support of UMass football! Sincerely,
John McCutcheon Director of Athletics