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Fans To See Changes in Football Gameday Experience

Aug 30, 2013

Boston College football fans heading to campus for Saturday's season opener vs. Villanova (noon kickoff) can expect to experience a myriad of changes in the gameday experience, based largely on their feedback. While many of these changes are significant, Director of Athletics Brad Bates says the Athletics Department will continue to unveil new features and traditions throughout this season and in the future.

"We listened to our fans and learned that we needed to make improvements in several key areas," Bates said. "Parking, hospitality options, traffic patterns, customer service and game atmosphere were among the key areas we set out to address. This is just a start; we are nowhere close to achieving our full potential, and we will not rest until we have the best gameday atmosphere in the ACC."

The changes set to be unveiled this weekend include:

•A live eagle mascot (unveiled Wednesday).

•A new "Eagle Walk" procession route down the stairs adjacent to Gate C.

•New parking options on the Brighton campus ($150 for a season pass, which translates to $25 per game).

•The return of a Homecoming weekend (centered around the October 5 Army game).

•A hospitality tent at Gate E with future expansion plans based on demand.

•Expansion of the Campanella Way pedestrian mall/expanded Fanfest setup for select games.

•A new Shea Field policy enabling re-entry.

•Pregame/in-game fireworks displays for the Wake Forest and additional night games.

•Homecoming weekend and Friday night fireworks.

•Taxi stand services at More Hall circle and the Campion gate (near the Campus School).

•Enhanced security procedures.

•Shuttle bus service from satellite parking lots to begin three hours before kickoff.

•Student ticket sales of the "Gold Pass," a three-sport ID card access system.

Toward the end of the 2012 football season, the Athletics Department surveyed fans about parking, ticket prices, kickoff times, gameday entertainment and other areas. Earlier this year, Bates scheduled three "town hall meetings" in which he invited current and former ticketholders to give direct input.

"We want our fans to leave our stadium feeling that they can't wait to come back to the next game," Bates said. "Our job is not finished; we will continue to seek input and work as hard as we can to make our fans feel special."

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