Season tickets for the Akron Zips' 2012 football campaign are now on sale.
The schedule features six home games at Infocision Stadium-Summa Field including four against Mid-American Conference opponents Buffalo, Miami (Ohio), UMass and Northern Illinois as well as non-league contests versus UCF on Thursday, Aug. 30 and Morgan State on Saturday, Sept. 15.
UA officials say that this is one of the more anticipated seasons in recent memory with the hiring of former National Coach of the Year Bobby Bowden last month.
Information on ticket packages can be found on AkronNewsNow.com.
With interest surrounding The University of Akron football program at an all-time high following the naming of Terry Bowden as head coach last month, season tickets are now on sale for the Zips' much anticipated 2012 campaign. Fans can choose from a variety of economical packages that feature great amenities and provide special event access.
Bowden, who was head coach at Auburn from 1993-98 and spent the previous three seasons (2009-11) at Division II North Alabama, was hired at UA on Dec. 22. He owns a 140-62-2 career record and earned the 1993 national coach of the year award after leading Auburn to an 11-0 finish. In between stints at Auburn and North Alabama, he served as a television analyst with ABC college football for 10 years.
"I have really enjoyed getting to meet our enthusiastic fans and supporters during these last few weeks," Bowden said. "We need for the community to continue to support our program and the best way to do so is by renewing or purchasing season tickets. My staff and I have been hard at work the last three weeks recruiting the next class of Zips, and we're excited to get on the practice field this spring to begin preparing for the season."
For the first time, many season ticket packages will include a season parking pass, and concessions vouchers also provide added value for Priority Reserved and Reserved season ticketholders.
Packages start as low as $75 for General Admission seats. Those who purchase tickets in the Priority Reserved (starting at $200), Reserved ($120) and Family Plan (four tickets – including at least two youth – for $240) sections will receive a complimentary parking pass (one per every four season tickets purchased). Priority Reserved and Reserved season ticketholders also will receive $30 in concessions vouchers.
UA faculty and staff, and members of the Varsity "A" Association (former letterwinners) will receive a discounted price of $105 for Reserved seats. Membership in the Varsity "A" Association costs $35 annually and can be arranged by contacting the Z-Fund at (330) 972-2695.
New this year is the "Bowden Backers" package, a $99 season ticket in a lower-level reserved section. A limited number of seats are available at this special price.
Seats in the Club Level have three price points ($500, $750, $1,000) and include a parking pass in a priority lot (one per every four season tickets purchased). Patrons on the Club Level have access to a premium food and drink menu and alcoholic beverages (for additional fees), as well as pregame field passes (number of passes based on ticket price). Fans purchasing tickets in the Club and Priority Reserved sections are required to pay a Z-Fund seat license donation, of which 80 percent is tax deductible.
On Saturday, April 14, legendary Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden, Terry's father, will be the featured speaker at "Breakfast with the Bowdens". The event will be complimentary for Club Level season ticketholders who purchase by Friday, March 30. Club Level patrons will receive one complimentary ticket to the breakfast for each season ticket purchased.
The 2012 schedule features six home games at InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field, including four against Mid-American Conference opponents Buffalo, Miami (Ohio), UMass and Northern Illinois as well as non-league contests versus UCF on Thursday, Aug. 30 and Morgan State on Saturday, Sept. 15. Dates for the MAC games will be announced by the first week of March and start times for all six contests are to be determined.
Tickets can be ordered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET on Mondays through Fridays by either calling 1-888-99-AKRON (25766) or visiting The C.P. and Cornelia S. Chima Athletics Ticket Office at InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field (located at 375 E. Exchange Street, near Gate 1 at the southwest corner of the venue, at the corner of E. Exchange and S. Union streets).
Those interested in purchasing season tickets online via GoZips.com/tickets will be able to do so starting at 9 a.m. on Friday.
Renewal invoices for 2011 season ticketholders will be mailed next week.
Group ticket packages are also available. On-sale dates and prices for mini plans and single-game tickets will be announced at a later date.
Details about the annual Spring Game in April at InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field will be announced at a later date.