UMass Football To Face Indiana In 2012 Home Opener
July 27, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass football will play its first home game in Gillette Stadium against at FBS opponent on Sept. 8, 2012, when the Minutemen will play host to Big Ten foe Indiana, the schools announced on Wednesday. The contest will mark UMass' debut in front of a home crowd at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level. Also included in the agreement with the Hoosiers will be a return trip to Bloomington in 2017.
"We are extremely pleased and excited to be hosting a Big Ten opponent in our first home non-conference FBS game," said University of Massachusetts Athletic Director John McCutcheon. "To be able to secure a game of this caliber this quickly was a tremendous opportunity for UMass football."
On April 20, 2011, UMass announced its move to the FBS and the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and will play a full FBS and MAC schedule beginning with the 2012 football season. By 2013, the Minutemen will be eligible for the MAC championship and bowl participation.
UMass will be playing all of its 2012 and 2013 home games at Gillette Stadium, a world-class facility with seating for 68,756. UMass games at Gillette will be among the most unique and special experiences in all of college football. Playing near Boston will enable UMass to engage its large alumni and fan base in Eastern Massachusetts. Gillette Stadium offers first-rate amenities including luxury suites and club-level seating, and features two of the largest high definition video boards in the world.
Season tickets for UMass football are now on sale and can be ordered by calling 866-UMASS-TIX or by going on-line at UMassAthletics.com. Special benefits for the 2012 season at Gillette Stadium are available to those who renew or are new season ticket holders. The ticket office also has an allotment of single-game tickets in the UMass sections available for road games.