The Texas State Bobcats are looking to make a big splash this fall with an expanded stadium and big name opponents.
In just less than a week, construction at Bobcat Stadium will be finished, putting Texas State University-San Marcos one step closer to their goal of competing in the highest levels of college football.
"We are a little over double where we were the previous season," Don Coryell with Texas State Athletics said.
Which they say is good because the expanded stadium will hold roughly twice as many fans. In September, when the Texas Tech Red Raiders come to town school officials expect all 30 thousands seats to be filled.
"We are opening a brand-new stadium basically, joining the FBS in football and we have Texas Tech opening up who's a Big 12 opponent,” Coryell said. “Signs point to a sellout."
Because of the expected sellout, and the fact that there are more Texas State University students than there are seats in the stadium, only about 5000 free student tickets will be available for that match. They will be handed out in the weeks leading up to kickoff.
Planning is already well under way for the logistics needed to handle the expanded crowds. A new game day traffic plan and new parking areas are being coordinated with the city and university.
"It's going to be completely different,” Coryell said. “You have to staff totally differently, we're doing some stuff with ticket operations that we haven't done before. We're scanning every ticket that's going into the facility. We've never done at a football game."
Single game tickets for students and donors go on sale August first and two weeks later for the general public. The free student tickets will be distributed after classes have resumed in the fall.