Cajuns set record for season ticket sales

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK University of Louisiana at Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth
Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK University of Louisiana at Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth

LAFAYETTE — Football ticket sales at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette surpassed the 11,000 mark, to break the school record set a year ago. The announcement was made by Louisiana-Lafayette ticket manager Matt Casbon on Saturday, the day before the players report for the start of preseason camp.

“On behalf of the athletic department, I’d like to thank our fans who came out and renewed their season tickets early and those who purchased season tickets for the first time this year,” Casbon said. “To break our season ticket record so early in the year is a sign of what great support that we have here.”

As of Friday, 11,098 season tickets were sold for the upcoming season, surpassing the school and Sun Belt record of 10,841 set by the Cajuns last year.

“Although I’m excited to break the record yet again, I am still looking for a sellout,” Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth said. “If 40,000 can make it to New Orleans for the bowl, then we can sellout 31,000 at home. I know we’ll get there.”

Bench-back seating in sections B, C, E, F, UB and UF is being added at Cajun Field. When the project is completed before the Sept. 21 home opener against Nicholls State, all of the seats in the lower bowl of the stadium (except sections A & G) on the press box side will offer either chair-back or bench-back seats

Fans interested in purchasing season tickets, including some of the remaining bench-back seats, can do so by going online to the Ticket Central page on RaginCajuns.com or by contacting the Cajundome ticket office either in person or by phone at (337) 265-2100 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Northwestern State

DEMONS REPORT, WILL BEGIN PRACTICE MONDAY: In Natchitoches, 95 players reported to open Northwestern State’s first preseason camp under a new coaching staff led by Jay Thomas.

The team won’t practice until Monday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, players checked into dorm rooms, and newcomers and a handful of veterans were fitted for equipment, gear and shoes. Newcomers also filled out medical paperwork, and players gathered for an orientation meeting Saturday evening.

McNeese State

COWBOYS HOST FOOTBALL 101: In Lake Charles, more than 50 individuals attended the inaugural McNeese Football 101 held Saturday at the Jack V. Doland Fieldhouse. The event was targeted to ladies to teach them about McNeese football.

The two-hour event featured of a mini-tour of the facility and lunch. McNeese coach Matt Viator talked and showed film on the Cowboys’ offense and defense. A question-and-answer session followed the film session.

The Cowboys report to campus Tuesday and will conduct their first practice Wednesday.