June 12, 2014
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina will make its first-ever trip to College Station, Texas, and to Texas A&M's Kyle Field in 2015 as dates for next year's Catamount football schedule start to take shape.
Texas A&M officially released its nonconference dates for the fall of 2015 last week which includes a Saturday, Nov. 14 meeting with the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) member Catamounts. Scheduled kickoff time will be announced at a later date.
Western Carolina has played seven of the current members of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in football all-time including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. The 2015 game will be the program's first-ever meeting with Texas A&M on the gridiron with the addition of the Aggies marking the fourth-consecutive season WCU has faced an SEC foe in football - and the eighth meeting against the SEC dating back to 2006.
The Catamounts conclude the 2014 season by visiting Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium for the second time in the past three seasons.
Kyle Field on the Texas A&M campus is undergoing a $450 million redevelopment and renovations which are planned to be completed by the start of the 2015 season. Official seating capacity is expected to exceed 102,000 at Kyle Field.
According to available research, the game against Texas A&M will represent WCU's first football game in the "Lone Star State," while also representing the farthest west Catamount football will have traveled, just further than the 1973 meeting with the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
WCU has faced the Texas A&M Aggies just one time previously in intercollegiate athletics competition - a 1988 NCAA baseball south regional tournament game held in Starkville, Miss., an 8-6 defeat.
Western Carolina continues to count down to the start of the 2014 season, which kicks off a Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday, Aug. 30 against the USF Bulls.
Season tickets for all six home games in 2014 are on-sale now through the Catamount Athletic Ticket Office and online at CatamountSports.com. Returning season ticket holders have the first opportunity to renew their same seats for the 2014 season before the entire stadium will be released to the general public. The rapidly approaching season ticket renewal deadline is June 30.
Purchasing season tickets also allows fans to secure tickets before single-game sales begin on August 25.
With Western Carolina University celebrating its 125th anniversary, fans can purchase a reserved adult season ticket for all six home games for just $125 with youth reserved starting at $65.
For more information or to purchase 2014 Catamount football season tickets, contact Director of Ticket Operations Michael Lee by calling (828) 227-2401 or toll free at (800) 34-GOWCU.
Important Upcoming Dates to Remember:
Mon., June 30 - Catamount Football Season Ticket renewal deadline
Mon., June 30 - Renew your membership or Join the Catamount Club!
Mon., July 7 - 2nd session of summer school begins
Friday, July 11 - The Great Smokies Invitational golf tournament; The Ridges Golf Club in Hayesville, N.C.
Wed., July 23 - Southern Conference Football Media Day in Spartanburg, S.C.
Thurs., July 31 - 2014 Catamount football student-athletes report for camp
Fri., August 1 - First scheduled football practice of the 2014 preseason (helmet only)
Tues., August 5 - First scheduled football practice in full pads
Wed., August 6 - First scheduled two-a-day practice sessions
Sat., August 9 - Catamount Football Intrasquad scrimmage
Sat., August 9 - Catamount Tailgate Kickoff (Catamount Club members)
Wed., August 13 - Catamount women's soccer vs. Winthrop (exhibition), 6 pm
Fri., August 15 - Catamount women's soccer vs. UNC Asheville (exhibition), 7 pm
Sat., August 16 - Catamount Football Intrasquad scrimmage
Mon., August 18 - First day of fall classes at WCU
Fri., August 22 - Catamount women's soccer vs. Eastern Kentucky (2014 home opener), 7 pm
Sun., August 24 - Catamount women's soccer vs. East Carolina, 2 pm
Mon., August 25 - Catamount Football single-game tickets go on sale
Sat., August 30 - 2014 Catamount Football season opener at USF in Tampa, Fla.
Fri., Sept. 5 - 10th Annual Bob Waters Memorial golf tournament; Maggie Valley Club, Maggie Valley, N.C.
Sat., Sept. 6 - 2014 Catamount Football home opener vs. Brevard in Cullowhee
Fri., Sept. 26 - The Upstate Classic golf tournament; The Preserve at Verdae in Greenville, S.C.