Texas State Bobcats prepare for first game in new stadium


by JESSICA VESS / KVUE News & Photojournalist KENNETH NULL

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Posted on September 7, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 7 at 4:55 PM

SAN MARCOS, Texas -- It's going to be a big weekend in San Marcos as the Texas State University Bobcats break in their brand new stadium. The Bobcats will play their home opener against Texas Tech on Saturday.

The team will play in front of the biggest crowd in school history. Final touches are underway at the newly renovated and expanded Bobcat Stadium. The game is already nearly sold out.
“Making the jump to FBS getting a better stadium. It just, it seems more exciting,” said Texas State graduate student Jeffrey Bierman.
The new stadium is a big improvement. It’s hard to miss the changes. There used to be a track all the way around the field, now it’s all turf and all football. There are thousands of extra seats inside too. The stadium doubled its seating by adding 14,000 seats in the expansion.
There is also a section of temporary seats installed for Saturday’s game. In all it will include between 32,000 and 33,000 seats for the opening game. There are only about 500 tickets left.
“We’ve been gearing up for this for over a year. The community is ready for it. The university is ready for it. Our fans are ready for it. Our players are ready for it. The atmosphere right now, it’s almost indescribable,” said Texas State Assistant Athletic Director Don Coryell.
Crews are still working on the final touches at the new Bobcat Stadium. They’re completing work on new concessions and new locker rooms. Paint is also going up on the wall at a museum inside the stadium built in honor of the Texas State Strutters. There are old uniforms and props on display. 

Saturday’s game against Texas Tech is expected to sell out. Kickoff is at 6 p.m.