Jul 29, 2015 7:31 PM
DURHAM - Nicole Richard says if you want a seat at a UNH football game this fall, now is the time to buy your tickets.
"It's now or never for this season. I don't know if there will be any left come game day, so it's urgent," Richard, who works in marketing and revenue generation for the university, said.
Richard explained that season ticket sales are rising, partially because buying a season ticket this year ensures a fan's ability to pick seats in the new stands. She believes season ticket sales will double before the Wildcats start playing in September.
Construction on the new $25 million stadium complex will limit the amount of seats available this year, which is another reason people should get their tickets now, Richard said.
Crews have already demolished the visitor stands, and that area will be restricted on game days.
Richard said the wait will be worth it. UNH will almost double their seating capacity from 6,500 seats to up to 12,000.
"The fan experience is going to be tremendous. There will be a lot of new and exciting things happening on the field for families, for kids, in the student section. There's just a lot in store for 2016," Richard said.
Head football coach Sean McDonnell looks forward to using the facility, but said it will benefit many of the school's teams - and the greater community.
"It's going to benefit everyone from women's and men's soccer here, to lacrosse, track and field," McDonnell said, adding that high schools will use the facility for state championships.
The Special Olympics will use the space as well, McDonnell said.
McDonnell said his team, which had a nearly perfect season last year, will not be distracted by the construction, but a new world-class facility will be appreciated.
"This is something we have needed for a long time, and it's happening right behind us here, and it's pretty exciting," the coach said.
The stadium is expected to be finished in June of next year.
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