New Policy: Free Football Tickets for Faculty and Staff
The department of recreation and intercollegiate athletics has announced a new football ticketing policy for Penn faculty and staff members that will go into effect for the 2005 football season. Under the new policy, faculty and staff members and their guests will be admitted free to any home Penn football game.
To take advantage of this new benefit, an employee can show his or her PennCard at Gate SM on the home side of the stadium to receive a complimentary General Admission ticket which is good for seating in the east end of the stadium. Penn employees are welcome to bring up to four guests with them to any home game. Gate SM is located outside Franklin Field along South Street. Faculty and staff members who wish to sit in the reserved or chairback sections may still purchase tickets for those seating areas through the Penn Athletics Ticket Office.
The Quakers have been extremely successful at Franklin Field, including a 23-2 record over the past five years. The 2005 Quakers return 40 letter winners and six All-Ivy players to a team that went 8-2 and was one game shy of its third-consecutive Ivy League crown. The Quakers have been ranked in the Top-25 over the past few years, finishing the 2004 campaign ranked 21st in both the ESPN/USA Today and the Sports Network polls, and will be seeking their third Ivy League title in four years.
In 2004 Penn drew an average of 13,170 football fans per game at Franklin Field, which ranked 15th in the nation among the 116 Division I-AA football schools.
“We see this as a way of bringing the campus community together for an exciting social event that builds school spirit, morale and unity,” said director of athletics Steve Bilsky. “We’re very proud of the success that Coach Bagnoli and his teams have had over the years, and we want to share that positive experience with the entire Penn community. We hope that employees and their families will take advantage of this great opportunity.”
For more information on the new football ticketing policy and the schedule of home football games, please visit www.pennathletics.com.
Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 2, September 6, 2005