June 27, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina today announced the kickoff times for its five home dates in the 2013 season, the second under head football coach Mark Speir. WCU's home slate features five mid-afternoon start times at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field with the game against Wofford on Oct. 19 to be broadcast on ESPN3.
WCU's schedule features a pair of back-to-back home weekends with two in September and two in October before the home finale on Saturday, Nov. 16. All home games will feature a 3:30 pm kickoff.
Western Carolina's 2013 home opener - which is also its first Southern Conference game of the year - kicks off at 3:30 pm as the Catamounts host The Citadel Bulldogs. The opener is also billed as Catamount Club Day with all club members invited back for the first home football game of the season.
The following Saturday, WCU students welcome parents on Family Weekend as the Catamounts face mountain-foe, Mars Hill. Speir earned his first-ever victory as a head coach with last season's 42-14 win over the Lions in Cullowhee as WCU claimed its 14th-straight victory in the all-time series
On Saturday, Oct. 19, the Wofford Terriers' triple-option offense offers the opposition as Western Carolina inducts its 24th class into its Athletics Hall of Fame. The game will be broadcast as a part of the SoCon's eight-game football package with ESPN3, the network's online broadcasting avenue. Darren Goldwater returns to handle the play-by-play duties for the league's telecasts with veteran broadcaster, Paul Maguire, handling the color commentary duties. Maguire, who has called games at both the professional and collegiate levels, has more than 35 years of experience on air. He has worked for ABC, NBC, ESPN and HDNet calling games for the NFL, CFL, USFL, UFL and college football.
This year's Cullowhee meeting marks the third time that the WCU-Wofford game has been televised since 2007. Local television station WMYA-TV, My40 out of Asheville carried the 2009 meeting with an ESPNU audience were treated to a second half explosion by the Catamounts, outscoring 11th-ranked Wofford, 41-to-10, in the second half in a 47-44 defeat.
Western Carolina's 2013 Homecoming Weekend is scheduled for Oct. 26 against the Elon Phoenix. WCU will also hold its second annual All-Sports Reunion late October date, welcoming home all former student-athletes, athletic trainers, managers and former coaches with a special weekend of activities.
WCU wraps up the home portion of its regular season schedule on Saturday, Nov. 16, by hosting Furman in the annual showdown for purple supremacy in the SoCon with kickoff at 3:30 pm on-campus in Cullowhee. In addition to honoring the senior members of the Catamount football team, cheer and dance squads, and the "Pride of the Mountains" Marching Band for Senior Day, the final home game will also feature a special 1983 commemoration.
The 2013 football season marks the 30-year anniversary of the program's exciting and improbable run to the NCAA Division I-AA (now FCS) National Championship game. The anniversary will be commemorated and the 1983 football team honored surrounding the final home game this fall against the Paladins with the opponent also holding special significance for many Catamount fans. WCU and Furman met twice during the Catamounts' 1983 season, tying in Cullowhee before WCU pulled off a 14-7 victory on the road in the semifinal round of the playoffs to advance to the NCAA Division I-AA title bout.
Complete special event information surrounding both the All-Sports Reunion (Oct. 26) and 1983 commemoration (Nov. 16) will be made available at a later date.
Season tickets for all five home dates remain on-sale through the WCU Athletics Ticket Office or online at CatamountSports.com.
Returning season ticket holders have the first opportunity to renew their same seats for the 2013 season before the entire stadium will be released to the general public. A correspondence relaying the information for those individuals able to renew season tickets at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field has been sent out with the rapidly approaching deadline of July 1.
Season ticket prices for the five-game home schedule start at $70 for an adult general admission ticket, $35 for a youth ages 3-12. Season tickets are just $110 for reserved seating for an adult, $55 for youth. Contact the WCU Athletic Ticket Office for special first-time season ticket holder incentives.
Purchasing season tickets also allows fans to secure tickets before single-game sales begin on August 19.
Fans can also be a part of the Catamount road team by purchasing tickets for away games through the WCU Athletic Ticket Office to secure seats in the Western Carolina sections at opposing team stadiums. WCU football season ticket holders, or those who purchase mini-plans, are able to purchase tickets through WCU to the historic "Battle for the Old Mountain Jug" game in Boone (Nov. 23) with seats in the reserved Catamount fan section.
For more information or to purchase season tickets, contact Corinne Hahn, Athletic Ticket Manger, by calling (828) 227-2401.
2013 Catamount Football Schedule:
Thurs., Aug 29 - at Middle Tennessee State - TBA
Sat., Sept. 7 - at Virginia Tech - 1:30 pm
Sat., Sept. 14 - THE CITADEL * (Catamount Club Day) - 3:30 pm
Sat., Sept. 21 - MARS HILL (Family Weekend) - 3:30 pm
Sat., Sept. 28 - at Samford * - 2:00 pm CT / 3:00 pm ET
Sat., Oct. 5 - at Chattanooga * - 6:00 pm
Sat., Oct. 12 - at Auburn - TBA
Sat., Oct. 19 - WOFFORD * (Hall of Fame Day) - 3:30 pm
Sat., Oct. 26 - ELON * (Homecoming/All Sports Reunion) - 3:30 pm
Sat., Nov. 9 - at Georgia Southern * - 2:00 pm
Sat., Nov. 16 - FURMAN * (Senior Day / 1983 Commemoration) - 3:30 pm
Sat., Nov. 23 - at Appalachian State * (Battle for the Old Mountain Jug) - 3:30 pm
2013 Southern Conference Football Telecast Schedule on ESPN3:
Sept. 7 - Wofford at The Citadel
Oct. 5 - Elon at Furman
Oct. 12 - Furman at Chattanooga
Oct. 19 - Wofford at Western Carolina
Oct. 26 - Georgia Southern at Appalachian State
Nov. 2 - Samford at The Citadel
Nov. 9 - Wofford at Chattanooga
Nov. 16 - Chattanooga at Samford
Important Catamount Football Dates to Remember:
Mon., July 1 - Season Ticket renewal deadline
Fri., July 12 - The Great Smokies Invitational golf tournament; The Ridges Golf Club in Hayesville, N.C.
Thurs., August 1 - 2013 Catamount football student-athletes report for camp
Fri., August 2 - First scheduled football practice of the 2013 preseason
Tues., August 6 - First scheduled football practice in full pads
Wed., August 7 - The Western Open golf tournament; Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa in Waynesville, N.C.
Fri., August 9 - Catamount 101 - Ladies Love Football event, Cullowhee
Sat., August 10 - Catamount Tailgate Kickoff (Catamount Club members)
Mon., August 19 - First day of fall classes at WCU
Mon., August 19 - Football single-game tickets go on sale
Thurs., August 29 - 2013 Catamount Football season-opener at Middle Tennessee; Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Fri., September 13 - The Bob Waters Memorial golf tournament; High Vista Country Club in Mills River, N.C.
Sat., September 14 - 2013 Catamount Football home opener vs. The Citadel (3:30 pm)