UR Football: Elon Week

This week #9 UR takes on #7 Elon in the Spiders game on campus in 80 some years.

This week #9 UR takes on #7 Elon in the Spiders’ first game on campus in eighty-some years.

As embarrassing as this sounds I got lost in the Robins Center and missed the first part of Coach Scott’s remarks. How do you get lost in a basketball arena? I have no idea. On the upside I wandered past the team working out in the pitch black with the music BLASTING. So that was kind of cool.

Head Coach Latrell Scott

Coach Scott seemed pretty upbeat despite the loss to UVa. There was, of course, lots of talk about JMU’s upset of VT and how the CAA is very good at knocking off FBS opponents. I think they said six FCS teams had beaten FBS teams this year?

Coach said there were 14 players on either side of the ball that played in their first game against UVa.

Coach Scott thought that student attendance was going to be very important and mentioned that over 2,000 students have picked up their tickets for Saturday’s game — there are only 2,900 undergrad students. That’s an pretty fantastic percentage.

Athletic Director Jim Miller

They should really bring in Jim Miller every week. He had lots to share about how things are going to work this Saturday, and how ticket sales/etc have gone this year.

Miller jokingly said the recommended entrance to campus on Saturday is “getting there early.” He went on to say that season ticket holders will have a recommended entrance listed on their tickets and that non-season ticket holders would probably do best entering at the River Road & Hugenot entrance. There will be free shuttles circulating campus taking fans to the stadium. Parking lots open at 4pm.

Miller said that tailgating is permitted in any lot you can park in — however only two lots are “alcohol approved.” From the Tailgating Guide on RichmondSpiders.com:

Tailgating with food and non-alcoholic beverages may be enjoyed on all areas of campus. Possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages while tailgating is permitted only in Lots B3 (formerly “J” lot) and B5 (formerly “Special Events” Lot) adjacent to Robins Stadium.

There are NO tickets remaining to sell and the City of Richmond’s policy on scalping tickets will be enforced. Ominous.

There are 8,700 seats total in the new stadium. The Athletic Department wanted a seat available for any student that wanted to go this weekend. They ended up giving out 2,000 student tickets.

Miller had some great words for students, which I will now paraphrase: “Students need to come earlier. Get in the stands early. They’re there to have a good time, but they’re there to help the team win. Get rowdy, create an atmosphere. Stay to the end. The students are there to help the team win, no just to hangout.

You can watch the entire presser over at RichmondSpiders.com.

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