The second Mark Whipple era at UMass officially kicks off on Saturday as UMass hosts Boston College at Gillette Stadium in what is being dubbed the Battle Of The Bay State.
The UMass Sports Network will feature Voice of the Minutemen Josh Maurer handling play-by-play duties alongside analyst Matt Goldstein, and sideline reporter Cody Chrusciel. The game can be heard live starting at 2:40 PM (EST) on 105.5 FM WEEI (Springfield), 1440 AM WVEI (Worcester), and 1200 AM WXKS (Boston, Manchester, Providence). The broadcast is also available online through www.UMassAthletics.com and on smart phones and tablets through the TuneIn app.
With over 21,000 fans predicted for the game, Saturday's attendance will be one of UMass' largest at Gillette Stadium. The largest crowd to see UMass at Gillette during the FBS era was 21,707 for last year's game against Miami (Ohio). The largest crowd to see UMass play at Gillette was in 2010 when UMass hosted New Hampshire in the Colonial Clash. The game was a home game for UNH drawing 32,848 between the then-conference rivals.
Today's National Anthem will be sung by Michelle Brooks-Thompson who is a rising Gospel Recording Artist from Springfield, Mass. Michelle gained national fame in 2012 when she was a finalist on the show as part of Adam Levine's team. This past year, her career continues to shine as she was a 2014 Angel Award Nominee for New Artist and Single of the Year. She attended Amherst Regional High School before pursing higher studies in music at Mount Holyoke College. While music is her career, Michelle knows a thing or two about UMass football as her husband is none other than David Thompson who played for the Minutemen from 2003-06.
With an average of 15,830 fans through six games last season, UMass set a new season attendance record. The previous high mark was 14,684 set in 1999 at McGuirk Stadium and the year after UMass won the NCAA I-AA National Championship Game.
The 2013 attendance average was 30 percent higher than the 2012 average of 10,901 which was UMass' first season at the FBS level and first year playing games at Gillette Stadium.
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