NM State Needs You on Saturday
LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico State football team plays its final home game on Saturday at 1:30PM against bowl-bound Utah State. The Aggies look to finish with their highest win total since the 2004 season.
This game plays an important role towards the 2012 campaign, as New Mexico State is on the cusp of making the required 15,000 in average attendance for the year. NCAA rules stipulate that New Mexico State must average 15,000 fans this year or the Aggies would not be eligible for a bowl game next year. To date, the Aggies are short of this important requirement by about 1,000 tickets.
A combination of 1,000 students and individual game tickets must be attained on Saturday, or the Aggies will not be eligible for a bowl game next year. Further, the Aggies would then have to average 15,000 fans in each of the next 10 years or they would be relegated to FCS status.
New Mexico State has decreed this game as “Take a Kid to the Game Day.” All kids 12 and under can attend the game for just $5 and families will be welcome to come down on to the field following the game. New Mexico State students need simply to enter the game with their student ID.
With conference changes continuing to impact every conference in the country, failing to make the required 15,000 average attendance could have catastrophic effects on the growing Aggie program.
Per NCAA rules, all purchased tickets (including season tickets) and all main campus NM State students that enter the game count towards the attendance requirement. However, the $5 child price ticket can only be counted if the ticket is actually used at the gate. Therefore, the Aggies need to generate a combination of 1,000 regularly priced single-game tickets sold, main campus NM State students entering the gates, and $5 children’s tickets being scanned at the gate to reach the required 15,000 average.
For tickets, visit the Pan Am Center ticket office, call 575-646-1420 or visit Ticketmaster.com and search for NMSU football.