Jan. 27, 2004
Cullowhee, N.C. -
Even though Western Carolina did not host SoCon rival Appalachian State, the 2003 football season marked the second consecutive year that the Catamounts have enjoyed a rise in overall attendance at games. Over the course of six games during the 2003 season, 56,576 fans passed through the gates of the newly expanded Whitmire Stadium for an average game attendance of 9,430. This was an increase of 23 percent as compared to the 2002 season where an average of 7,667 fans attended Catamount football games and a 36 percent increase over the 2001 season, where the Catamounts average attendance was 6,895.
"Obviously one major factor in the significant increase in attendance that we experienced in this season can be attributed to the excitement surrounding the opening of the new West Side stands," said WCU's Senior Associate Athletic Director Hunter Yurachek. "There are many Catamount fans that waited a long time for the West Side stands and they were excited to come back to the stadium, see the West Side addition and the first class facility that Whitmire Stadium has become. The key now is to capitalize on the effect that the West Side addition had on single game attendance last season and turn those single game ticket purchasers into season ticket purchasers."
The final piece to the 2004 five game home schedule, which culminates against Appalachian State on November 13, is being put together and Western is expected to release that schedule in the coming weeks. The 2004 season ticket sales campaign will kick-off in conjunction to the annual Spring Football game, which will be played in mid-April.