Cullowhee, N.C. – A Labor Day weekend kickoff under the lights and four afternoon starts at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field comprise Western Carolina football’s home schedule as Catamount Athletics today unveiled its 2018 game times.
WCU’s home-opening tilt with Newberry College on Saturday, Sept. 1 is slated to be the lone night game at home this fall and culminates with a postgame fireworks extravaganza again presented by Ingles and iHeartRadio partners, 99.9 Kiss Country and Start 104.3. The Catamounts will wear their all-white uniform look for the #WhiteOutWhitmire promotion with fans encouraged to wear white to the game.
The remaining four home dates will each have 3:30 pm kickoff times on-campus in Cullowhee with a variety of special promotions.
The Catamounts host VMI for their Southern Conference opener on WCU’s Family Weekend on Saturday, Sept. 22, with the annual Homecoming game scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 3. In between, Western Carolina will induct its 29th class into its Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 13. The 2018 Hall of Fame class is set to be announced during the summer months.
The final home date of Saturday, Nov. 10 features a Catamount doubleheader as the Western Carolina men’s basketball team plays the first home game of the Mark Prosser Era in Cullowhee. The Catamounts host former SoCon-foe – and 2017-18 NCAA tournament participant – the College of Charleston with a Noon tip-off in the Ramsey Center. That momentous basketball game will be followed by kickoff of the Senior Day football game at Whitmire Stadium at 3:30 pm. (Complete men’s basketball schedule to be released at a later date).
Additional promotional information and game coverage details for each of WCU's five home games will be announced at a later date.
Two road game kickoff times have also been released including a 6:00 pm kickoff on Sept. 15 at Gardner-Webb and Spangler Stadium in Boiling Springs, N.C. The Sept. 29 meeting with conference chromatic-rival, Furman, is set for 2:00 pm at Paladin Stadium in Greenville, S.C.
Western Carolina is coming off of its third seven-win season over the past four years, putting together one of the nation’s larger turnaround seasons last fall. The Catamounts returned to the national NCAA FCS rankings during 2017 for the first time since 2006 behind a much improved, opportunistic defense and an offensive unit that shattered school records for points (389) and rushing yards (2,772). The Catamounts finished with the second-most offensive production in program history with 5,287 total yards. A key nucleus of that 2017 squad that made a run at the NCAA FCS postseason and an influx of youthful talent sets the stage for a promising 2018.
"Catamount Nation has been awesome the past few years in supporting this football program -- and we need that continued support for our five home games and even going on the road to support this team,” said WCU head football coach Mark Speir back in late January upon the releasing of the 2018 schedule.
Season tickets for all five home dates in 2018 are on-sale now through the WCU Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Ramsey Center. Returning season ticket holders must renew their season tickets to secure the same seats by June 29, 2018. A reminder that the Catamount Club membership and renewal deadline for the fiscal year is fast approaching -- members are reminded to renew or to join by the Saturday, June 30 deadline to take advantage of the many perks surrounding home football weekends.
Fans can call the ticket office toll free at (800) 34-GOWCU or locally at (828) 227-2401, or purchase tickets online at CatamountSports.com. General admission season tickets for adults begin at just $75 with additional Purple and Gold Reserved and options in the Western Builders Inc., Family Zone seating options also available. A limited number of chairback season tickets are still available priced at just $125 for adults and $65 for youth (ages 3-12).
Purchasing season tickets allow fans to lock-in their seats before single-game tickets for individual home games go on sale Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018.
Western Carolina 2018 Catamount Football Schedule:
Sept. 1 -- Newberry (Home Opener / Fireworks Night) – 6:00 pm
Sept. 8 -- OPEN
Sept. 15 -- at Gardner-Webb – 6:00 pm
Sept. 22 -- VMI * (WCU Family Weekend) – 3:30 pm
Sept. 29 -- at Furman * - 2:00 pm
Oct. 6 -- at Samford * - TBA
Oct. 13 -- Chattanooga * (Hall of Fame Weekend) - 3:30 pm
Oct. 20 -- at Mercer * - TBA
Oct. 27 -- at East Tennessee State * - TBA
Nov. 3 -- The Citadel * (2018 Homecoming) – 3:30 pm
Nov. 10 -- Wofford * - (Senior Day) 3:30 pm
Nov. 17 -- at North Carolina - TBA
Nov. 24 -- NCAA FCS Playoffs, First Round (TBA)
- - denotes Southern Conference game
- Subject to change
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Important Upcoming Dates in Catamount Athletics / Catamount Football:
Friday, June 29 -- Catamount Football season ticket renewal deadline; Catamount Club fiscal year renewal deadline
Friday, July 13 -- The WCU Great Smokies Invitational at The Ridges Golf Club
Friday, August 3 -- Catamount Football Student-Athletes Report for fall camp
Saturday, Aug. 4 --
Friday, Aug. 17 -- Western Carolina University Freshman Move-In Day
Monday, Aug. 20 -- First day of classes for the fall semester; single-game football tickets on-sale
Friday, August 31 -- "The Mutt" Catamount Football Golf Classic at The Maggie Valley Club
Saturday, Sept. 1 -- 2018 Catamount Football season and home-opener vs. Newberry -- Fireworks Night
Friday, Oct. 12 -- 14th annual Bob Waters Memorial Golf Tournament at the Laurel Ridge Country Club