TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — As TROY’s football team prepares for Saturday’s Sun Belt Championship, the University’s athletics department is urging Trojan Nation to show up and show out.
TROY will host the championship game for the second year in a row. The Trojans have only lost two of their 23 games during the regular season.
“It’s an absolute privilege to be able to host the Sun Belt Conference Championship back-to-back years,” said Athletics Director Brent Jones. “The Sun Belt Conference is a very, very tough conference. It only continued getting tougher. 12 of our 14 teams are bowl-eligible and will be participating. That’s a NCA record and that is the most of any conference in the NCA this year. When you look at it, who’s the the top of the Sun Belt Conference, it’s TROY and App State and to be able to host App State here it’s simply incredible.”
During last year’s championship match TROY sets its all-time attendance record for TROY football with over 12,000 tickets purchased. The athletics department hopes to not only meet that goal, but also exceed it.
“Last year you saw confetti falling from the sky, you saw that the fans rushed the field, had to replace a goalpost it came down and ended up in the fountain, which was great,” Jones said. “We really want to put our best foot forward to highlight this amazing University.”
A large turnout wouldn’t only mean a boost for TROY football, but also the local economy.
“This is also a huge economic driver for this area as well as this region,” Brent explained.
TROY students will receive free admission to the game with the presence of their student ID. Student guest tickets are $10.
“We talk about ‘juice,’ we talk about energy, it begins and ends with that student section over there,” Jones told TrojanVision. “There’s a reason why we have the the best band in the land sand, Sound of the South, we have our student section right there, just happens to be near the visiting team section. Our student section is the best student section in the conference. They bring the energy, they bring the juice. We don’t ever want to take these for granted. This is an extra game as it was last year. We guarantee that we have six home games. This is our seventh. We don’t ever want to take this for granted. Rain, shine, doesn’t matter. Be there, be loud, be proud for our Trojans.”
Kickoff for Saturday’s Sun Belt Championship is set for 3 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium.