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Football plans for tickets, parkingBy Dan Kelly
The planned 2,500 permanent seats for the 2007 football season will have 400 reserved for season tickets that students will likely not be able to purchase because UNCP donors will have the first shot at them.
Athletic Director Dan Kenney placed students as the top priority of a long list of parties that have to be placed in permanent seating.
They include students, faculty and staff, the UNCP Spirit of the Carolinas marching band, the opponent’s marching band, the opponent’s fans, high school recruits followed by season ticket holders.
“There is a strong perception that there is lots of interest in going to football games at UNCP,” Kenney said.
Students will also have an opportunity to buy extra tickets on a game-by-game basis during the week leading up to the game.
UNCP faculty and staff will have their own opportunity to buy their own season tickets at $30 instead of the $60 that donors will have to pay.
Even with extra seats, Kenney is still considering borrowing or renting seats from local public schools and parks.
In the future, there are plans to build a stadium for the football team that would increase seating to at least 5,000, but there is currently no donor to pay its $1 million cost.
Students that park in Lot 14, the Belk Complex lot, will probably have to make room for the season ticket holders who also get reserved parking at the games.
The reason for the task force is due to the wide range of policies Kenney has encountered through personal experiences and contacting other universities.