Written By Elon Sports Information Dept.
ELON, N.C. -- The Elon University Department of Athletics has announced the 2013 Phoenix football schedule as well as ticket information for the upcoming season. The 12-game slate features six games at home in Rhodes Stadium as well as the program's first-ever match-up against Georgia Tech and the renewal of a local rivalry with North Carolina A&T. The 2013 campaign will be the third at the helm of the Elon program for coach Jason Swepson.
"We will face a challenging schedule which includes a very strong non-conference schedule in 2013," stated Swepson. "We hope to get off to a good start early in the year and use that momentum throughout the season."
The 2013 season will get underway on August 31 when the maroon and gold travels to Atlanta, Ga., to battle the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. It will mark Elon's sixth contest against a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent and its fourth against an ACC foe.
"Our opener is against a great opponent in Georgia Tech," added Swepson. "I know that our players from Georgia will be excited to go to Atlanta and play against the Yellow Jackets."
Elon will open the home portion of its schedule the following week as West Virginia Wesleyan visits Rhodes Stadium on Sept. 7. The Phoenix will honor United States Military personnel at that game by holding Military Appreciation Day.
Elon and North Carolina A&T will renew their rivalry on the gridiron in Greensboro, N.C., on Sept. 14 as the Phoenix and Aggies will meet for the first time since 2006. The two teams, located less than 20 miles apart, had played for eight consecutive seasons before the series concluded.
Stated Swepson, "We are very excited to renew the series with North Carolina A&T. They are located just down the road and it will be a great chance for our fans to come and support us on the road."
Elon will be back at Rhodes Stadium in each of its next two contests. Southern Conference play gets started for the Phoenix when the maroon and gold hosts Appalachian State for its annual Hall of Fame Weekend game on Sept. 21. Elon will then welcome in Coastal Carolina for Family Weekend on Sept. 28.
"The Southern Conference is always a strong and competitive league," said Swepson. "I know that our fans will help to create an electric environment for our SoCon opener at home against Appalachian State."
October brings a return to SoCon play and two trips to the Upstate of South Carolina as the Phoenix visits Furman on Oct. 5 and Wofford on Oct. 12.
Elon's annual Live Pink game will be held on Oct. 19 as Chattanooga visits Rhodes Stadium.
The final Saturday in October, the 26th, will be spent in the mountains of North Carolina as the Phoenix travels to Cullowhee to take on Western Carolina.
Homecoming will be held on Nov. 9 against The Citadel before the final home game of the regular season is contested on Nov. 16 against Georgia Southern. That final game will be Community Day with the Phoenix.
The 2013 regular season will conclude with a visit to Birmingham, Ala. and a Nov. 23 tilt against the Samford Bulldogs.
Season tickets are currently available by visiting elonphoenix.com or by contacting the ticket office at 336-278-6750. For those renewing their season tickets, a discount is available if the order is placed by April 30.
In 2013, chairback season tickets will sell for $160 each ($150 if renewed by April 30), priority seats are available for $130 apiece ($120 for early renewal) and reserved tickets can be purchased for $94 each ($90 for early renewal). Season tickets on the grass hills are available for $50 each ($45 for early renewal). Youth (12 and under) grass season tickets are also on sale for just $25.
Back again in 2013 will be the Family Zone. This package includes two adult and two youth tickets in the Family Zone section for $120. Additional tickets can be added to the package at a cost of $20 per ticket. The Young Alumni section also returns in 2013. Those who have graduated from Elon between 2009-13 can purchase tickets for $50 each.
Elon faculty and staff are eligible to purchase season tickets for $65 each in the priority section or $47 apiece in the reserved seating area.
Single game tickets will go on sale on August 1. At that time, fans can purchase tickets to the game against West Virginia Wesleyan for as little as $15. Priority tickets for that contest will sell for $20 each with both reserved and grass seating available for $15 per ticket. Youth (12 and under) tickets will be available for $5 each on game day only.
For games against Chattanooga, The Citadel and Georgia Southern, priority seats will sell for $25 each, reserved and grass seats for $20 apiece with youth tickets available for $5. Youth tickets are available on game day only.
Priority tickets for the match-ups with Appalachian State and Coastal Carolina will be available for $30 per ticket while reserved and grass seats will sell for $25 each. Youth tickets are $5 and can only be purchased on game day.
2013 Elon Football Schedule
Date - Opponent (2012 Record)
Aug. 31 - at Georgia Tech (7-7, 5-3 ACC)
Sept. 7 - vs. West Virginia Wesleyan (3-8, 2-6 WVIAC) - Military Appreciation Day
Sept. 14 - at North Carolina A&T (7-4, 5-3 MEAC)
Sept. 21 - vs. Appalachian State* (8-4, 6-2 SoCon) - Hall of Fame
Sept. 28 - vs. Coastal Carolina (8-5, 5-1 Big South) - Family Weekend
Oct. 5 - at Furman (3-8, 2-6 SoCon)
Oct. 12 - at Wofford (9-4, 6-2 SoCon)
Oct. 19 - vs. Chattanooga (6-5, 5-3 SoCon) - Live Pink
Oct. 26 - at Western Carolina (1-10, 0-8 SoCon)
Nov. 2 - BYE WEEK
Nov. 9 - vs. The Citadel (7-4, 5-3 SoCon) - Homecoming
Nov. 16 - vs. Georgia Southern (10-4, 6-2 SoCon) - Community Day
Nov. 23 - at Samford (7-4, 5-3 SoCon)
Elon Sports Information Dept.