Texas State alumni who graduated during the 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 academic years can check their mailboxes in the coming weeks for an order form for two free 2008 Texas State football season tickets and take the “Ultimate Test Drive.”
The two free season tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, courtesy of Jerry and Linda Fields, who donated $100,000 to provide 1,235 complimentary season tickets as part of The Drive’s 2008 football season ticket goal.
The Fields donation is part of a campaign for Texas State to win acceptance for Football Bowl Series (FBS, formerly Division I-A) football in 2012. Among the university’s goals for a successful application are average home attendance of 15,000 and 2,500 season tickets per year.
Given last year’s average attendance of 11,408, the Field donation would bump it up to 12,643, while increasing this year’s season ticket sale so far this year to 1,657.
“As a fellow Texas State graduate, I understand the feeling of pride involved with cheering for this university,” said Texas State head football coach Brad Wright. “We as a football team want to see recent graduates filling up the seats of Bobcat Stadium.”
The deadline to submit orders for the complimentary season tickets is Aug. 15, 2008.
Young alumni who attend the football games will also automatically have an opportunity to win a weeklong vacation for six to Ajijic, Mexico, courtesy of the Fieldses. Airfare and the use of a three bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom home and transportation to and from the airport in Ajijic are included in the prize, valued at nearly $7,000.
“There is one catch to this promotion. From one Bobcat to another, I need your promise that you will use these tickets wisely and attend as many games as you possibly can this season,” said Jerry Fields. “We need your support, and we need your voice in Bobcat Stadium. We can do great things at this University with the support of our alumni. Linda and I support The Drive, do you?”
Order forms for both the free tickets as well as additional season tickets are also available on the Texas State athletics department website at www.txstatebobcats.com. Recent graduates who receive their “Ultimate Test Drive” package in the mail will also find an order form for additional season tickets as well as an order form for tickets to Texas State’s game at Southern Methodist on Sept. 6.
Texas State opens the 2008 regular season at home against Angelo State on Saturday, Aug. 30, at 6 p.m.