Bowden Announces Full 2012 Football Schedule
AKRON, Ohio – New University of Akron head football coach Terry Bowden announced on Thursday, in conjunction with the Mid-American Conference, the Zips' complete schedule for 2012.
UA will face a 12-game regular-season slate that includes four opponents coming off a bowl appearance and last season's MAC East and West Division winners.
• The return of head coach Terry Bowden to the Football Bowl Subdivision sideline in the season and home opener on Thursday, Aug. 30 versus UCF at InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field.
• Six home games (five on a Saturday), including Bowling Green on Oct. 6 for Homecoming, and reigning MAC West Division champion and GoDaddy.com Bowl winner Northern Illinois on Oct. 20.
• Additional home contests against non-league foe Morgan State (Sept. 15), MAC opponent Miami (Ohio) (Sept. 29) and conference newcomer Massachusetts (Nov. 10).
• PNC Wagon Wheel Challenge matchup against nearby Kent State at Dix Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 3. Akron leads the all-time series with its neighborhood rival, 30-22-2.
• Non-conference road trips to Sun Belt Conference champ and Beef O'Brady's Bowl participant FIU on Sept. 8, and SEC member Tennessee on Sept. 22. UA head coach Terry Bowden compiled a 30-14-1 SEC record as head coach at Auburn from 1993-98.
• A visit to MAC East Division champion and Famous Idaho Potato Bowl victor Ohio on Oct. 13 as well as Central Michigan on Oct. 27.
• A nationally-televised regular-season finale at MAC West member and Military Bowl winner Toledo on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
"Overall, I'm pleased with our schedule," Bowden said. "We end up with a Tuesday TV game and that's exciting. We have four non-conference games and by that fifth game we better know how to play football."
Click the link below for additional remarks about the schedule from Bowden.
The Zips are in their second week of spring camp, which concludes with the annual Spring Game presented by Penn Station on East Exchange Street near campus on Saturday, April 21 at 3 p.m. ET at InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field.
2012 Akron Football Schedule:
Thu., Aug. 30 – UCF
Sat., Sept. 8 – at FIU
Sat., Sept. 15 – Morgan State
Sat., Sept. 22 – at Tennessee
Sat., Sept. 29 – Miami (Ohio)*
Sat., Oct. 6 – Bowling Green* (Homecoming)
Sat., Oct. 13 – at Ohio*
Sat., Oct. 20 – Northern Illinois*
Sat., Oct. 27 – at Central Michigan*
Sat., Nov. 3 – at Kent State*
Sat. Nov. 10 – Massachusetts*
Sat., Nov. 17 – OPEN
Tues., Nov. 20 – at Toledo*, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
* - Mid-American Conference game
Game times and additional television assignments TBD
Season Ticket Information:
Season ticket packages have been on sale since late January and can be purchased online anytime at GoZips.com/tickets, or from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET on Mondays through Fridays by either calling 1-888-99-AKRON (25766) or visiting The C.P. and Cornelia S. Chima Athletics Ticket Office at InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field (located at 375 E. Exchange Street, near Gate 1 at the southwest corner of the venue, at the corner of E. Exchange and S. Union streets).
For the first time, many ticket packages include a season parking pass, and concessions vouchers also provide added value for Priority Reserved and Reserved season ticketholders.
Packages start as low as $75 for General Admission seats. Those who purchase tickets in the Priority Reserved (starting at $200), Reserved ($120) and Family Plan (four tickets – including at least two youth – for $240) sections will receive a complimentary parking pass (one per every four season tickets purchased). Priority Reserved and Reserved season ticketholders also will receive $30 in concessions vouchers.
UA faculty and staff, and members of the Varsity "A" Association (former letterwinners) will receive a discounted price of $105 for Reserved seats. Membership in the Varsity "A" Association costs $35 annually and can be arranged by contacting the Z-Fund at (330) 972-2695.
New this year is the "Bowden Backers" package, a $99 season ticket in a lower-level reserved section. A limited number of seats are available at this special price.
Seats in the Club Level have three price points ($500, $750, $1,000) and include a parking pass in a priority lot (one per every four season tickets purchased). Patrons on the Club Level have access to a premium food and drink menu and alcoholic beverages (for additional fees), as well as pregame field passes (number of passes based on ticket price). Fans purchasing tickets in the Club and Priority Reserved sections are required to pay a Z-Fund seat license donation, of which 80 percent is tax deductible.
Season ticketholders will have access to the exclusive "Breakfast with the Bowdens" event on Saturday, April 14 at Stile Athletics Field House. Legendary former Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden, father to new UA head coach Terry Bowden, will be the featured speaker at the breakfast. Terry's brothers, Jeff, also a member of the Zips coaching staff, and Tommy, former head coach at Tulane and Clemson, also will speak. All four Bowdens will take questions from season ticketholders as well.
The breakfast will be complimentary for Zips Football Club, Loge and Suite Level season ticketholders who renew or purchase by Monday, April 2. Suite holders will receive four complimentary admissions, loge holders will receive two complimentary admissions, and club patrons will receive one complimentary admission to the breakfast for each season ticket purchased. All other season ticketholders can attend at a price of $30 per person. Suite, loge and club season ticketholders can purchase additional tickets at that price as well. For $105 fans can purchase a season ticket and gain access to the breakfast ($75 General Admission season ticket).
Event check in is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m., with a buffet breakfast being served at 8 a.m. and the program starting shortly thereafter. Coach Bobby Bowden will be available for a photo meet-and-greet (one photo per person, taken by the event photographer and mailed free of charge to each attendee) immediately following the program.
Season ticketholders should RSVP for the breakfast to 1-888-99-AKRON (25766) by Friday, April 6.