Are You Ready For Some Football?!?

As the month of July is wrapping up, it is time to seriously start thinking about Wolfpack football.  After all, September 4th is only 39 days away!  With all of the excitement already surrounding the upcoming basketball season, what better way to get ready than kicking-off Wolfpack Football?  We have a pretty difficult schedule for the upcoming year, but as always, we Wolfpack faithful can expect an exciting product on the field, and a fun time in the stands.

This blog post will provide you with all the info you’ll need to get ready for the season.  I’m sorry that there are quite a few tables and pictures, but all provide important and necessary information.  Read to the end to see a cool update on Carter-Finley Stadium.

First, take a look at our upcoming schedule, courtesy of GoPack:

Date

Opponent

Location

Time (EST)

Results

Media

Sat, Sept 04 Western Carolina Raleigh, NC 6 P.M. ESPN3.com
Sat, Sept 11 at UCF Orlando, FL 7:30 P.M. CBS College Sports Network
Thu, Sept 16 Cincinnati Raleigh, NC 7:30 P.M. ESPN
Sat, Sept 25 at Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA TBA TBA
Sat, Oct 02 Virginia Tech Raleigh, NC TBA TBA
Sat, Oct 09 Boston College Raleigh, NC TBA TBA
Sat, Oct 16 at East Carolina Greenville, NC 12 NOON CBS College Sports Network
Thu, Oct 28 Florida State Raleigh, NC 7:30 P.M. ESPN
Sat, Nov 06 at Clemson Clemson, SC TBA TBA
Sat, Nov 13 Wake Forest Raleigh, NC TBA TBA
Sat, Nov 20 at North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC TBA TBA
Sat, Nov 27 at Maryland College Park, MD TBA TBA

** All home games are highlighted in bold**

Now for the students, via TicketReturn, here is the ticket claim schedule:

Game Date Opponent Request Period Claim Period 1 Claim Period 2 On Demand**
09/04/10 Western Carolina 08/27/10 12:01 AM – 8/28/10 11:59 PM 8/29/10 3:01 AM – 8/30/10 11:59 PM 8/31/10 3:01 AM – 8/31/10 11:59 PM 9/1/10 12:01 AM – 9/4/10**
09/16/10 Cincinnati 9/8/10 12:01 AM – 9/9/10 11:59 PM 9/10/10 3:01 AM – 9/11/10 11:59 PM 9/12/10 3:01 AM – 9/12/10 11:59 PM 9/13/10 12:01 AM – 9/16/10 **
10/02/10 Virginia Tech 9/24/10 12:01 AM – 9/25/10 11:59 PM 9/26/10 3:01 AM – 9/27/10 11:59 PM 9/28/10 3:01 AM – 9/28/10 11:59 PM 9/29/10 12:01 AM – 10/02/10**
10/09/10 Boston College 10/1/10 12:01 AM – 10/2/10 11:59 PM 10/3/10 3:01 AM – 10/4/10 11:59 PM 10/5/10 3:01 AM – 10/5/10 11:59 PM 10/6/10 12:01 AM – 10/9/10**
10/28/10 Florida State 10/20/10 12:01 AM – 10/21/10 11:59 PM 10/22/10 3:01 AM – 10/23/10 11:59 PM 10/24/10 3:01 AM – 10/24/10 11:59 PM 10/25/10 12:01 AM – 10/28/10**
11/13/10 Wake Forest 11/5/10 12:01 AM – 11/6/10 11:59 PM 11/7/10 3:01 AM – 11/8/10 11:59 PM 11/9/10 3:01 AM – 11/9/10 11:59 PM 11/10/10 12:01 AM – 11/13/10**

** On Demand Phase will end 6 hours prior to kick-off on game day**

And here is the parking distribution schedule:

2010 Football Student Parking Distribution Schedule

Game Date Opponent Distribution Date Time Notes
9/4/2010 Western Carolina 9/1/2010 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
9/16/2010 Cincinnati 9/14/2010 9:00 AM-12:00 PM **Thursday night game
10/2/2010 Virginia Tech 9/29/2010 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
10/9/2010 Boston College 10/6/2010 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
10/28/2010 Florida State 10/26/2010 9:00 AM-12:00 PM **Thursday night game
11/13/2010 Wake Forest 11/10/2010 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

As a reminder, this year we will be beginning the first year of having all students in the lower bowl.  Here is the new seating chart highlighting student sections in yellow.

Having all students sit in the lower bowl, while moving the main away section to the upper deck will allow more sound to be closer to the field, enhancing our home-field advantage!  Students get closer to the action and our increased loudness and rowdiness will definitely pump up the football team.  This move will only help our status as one of ESPNs top 5 most spirited student sections (scroll down to see us) in the US.

Lastly, its exciting to say that the sound system in Carter-Finley is getting a nice (and long overdue) upgrade.  Fans can expect better quality sound and less annoying feedback noise.  Crews have been out working the past couple weeks on the jumbo-tron as well as other speakers around the stadium.  These upgrades should allow Carter-Finley to remain the best venue in NC, and one of the best in the ACC, to watch football.

I’m definitely ready for some football!  Go Pack!

Introduction and About Me



My name is Jeffrey Johnson and I am a senior at North Carolina State University.  While I have many ideas and thoughts about things at NC State, I still love everything about it.  I am majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and  I graduate in May of 2011, hopefully ending up working in Athletics or going on to law school.

I am currently working in my second year as NC State’s student athletics director and I am enjoying every minute of it.  I work for student government and the NC State Athletics Dept in all areas that involve students with the three big things that I work(ed) on being:

  1. Student Ticketing:  If you are a student at NC State, I’m sure you remember the S. Carolina game last year.  Demand for tickets exceeded supply and chaos reigned.  My job was to quell the chaos and to make sure that our ticketing system ran as smoothly as possible from there on out.  Through the rest of the football season and through basketball season I crunched numbers and analyzed trends to make sure that our new ticketing system was working the way it should.
  2. Parking/Tailgating:  For football season, we park in the fairground lots off Trinity and for basketball we park in the lots on the Vaughn Towers side of Carter-Finley.  I work with Athletics to make sure we have enough spaces and that we get fair treatment in entrance and egress to and from games.
  3. Promotions:  I work to create promotions and events for students at sporting events and before games.  Last year we worked with pep rallies  (before S. Carolina game, Red Rally at Reynolds, etc), worked with the Whiteout for the S. Carolina football game, started the incentive program to reward student fans who attend the most games, and the residence hall challenge during Wolfpack Baseball’s season.

Last year was my first year working as student athletics director, so I was learning about the job and what all I could do as I went.  I think we had a pretty good year and some great results.  I was happy with the way we got started, especially with the Whiteout for the S. Carolina game.  A big thanks to the Student Wolfpack Club for getting that up and running.  As the year progressed we were able to do a few things here and there and give back to the students in several different ways.  When it became apparent that basketball season was winding down, so did our activities for the most part as an athletics commission.  We did the residence hall challenge during baseball season, but that capped the year off for us.

A few other things I really enjoyed doing:

  1. Campout:  It was an extremely enjoyable experience to be a part of one of the biggest traditions at NC State.  I’ve always participated in Campout, but to be a part of organizing THE event was amazing.
  2. Winterfest:  We worked with NC State Campus Rec to host a tent and bring students out to the Raleigh Winterfest to kick off winter in downtown Raleigh.  The whole event was a blast and the new outdoor skating rink was a hit with everyone.  We went on to host a couple NC State Skate Party which were for NC State students only at the downtown skating rink.  Its awesome to skate in the light of downtown of the backdrop of skyscrapers looming over you as you try not to fall on your face.

Finally to save the best for last, the biggest honor I have had was to direct the construction of the Kay Yow Memorial for NC State on behalf of the student body.  What an amazing experience to honor someone who meant so much to so many people.

Throughout the blog, if you have any ideas or questions about what I’m doing with NC State Athletics or things you’d like to see done, just let me know.  I’m glad to help in any way I can.

Go Pack!