Bowden Announces Complete 2013 Football Schedule

Bowden Announces Complete 2013 Football Schedule
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MAC Announces 2013 Football Schedule (MAC-Sports.com)

– Six home games against five bowl teams from last season – including rival Kent State and in-state foes Ohio and Toledo – highlight the 2013 University of Akron football schedule, head coach Terry Bowden announced on Friday.
Bowden, who prepares for his second season at the helm for UA, unveiled in January the list of which eight MAC schools the Zips would face as well as the program's four-game nonconference schedule. Today's announcement assigns dates to those league matchups. Kickoff times and a full television package schedule will be released at a later date.
In its 12-game regular-season schedule, UA will face nine teams coming off a bowl appearance and for the second year in a row will take on both the MAC East and West Division winners.
"The MAC comes off one of the best seasons in its history, with seven of its teams playing in a bowl game," Bowden said. "The fact that we play six of those teams in 2013 is exciting for our players and fans. It also makes for a highly competitive environment every week."
The Zips begin spring practice on April 2 and will host their Spring Game on Saturday, April 27 at 1 p.m. ET, with the fourth-annual Youth Clinic held that morning at 11 a.m. Season ticketholders who have renewed or purchased by Monday, April 22, will be invited to an exclusive event prior to the Spring Game.
Schedule Notables:
• Six home games (five on Saturdays), including matchups with MAC rivals Kent State on Nov. 2 in the annual PNC Wagon Wheel Challenge and Advocare V100 Independence Bowl champion Ohio for Homecoming on Oct. 5.
• Each of UA's four home conference games come against teams that competed in a bowl game last season, as did non-league opponent Louisiana-Lafayette (Sept. 21). In addition to Kent State and Ohio, the Zips play host to Ball State (Oct. 26) and Toledo (Nov. 29). The Zips and Rockets will square off on the day after Thanksgiving.
• Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) member James Madison visits InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field on Sept. 7 in the Zips' home opener.
• For the second-straight year, Akron will face the previous season's MAC divisional champions in Kent State (East) and Northern Illinois (West). UA travels to NIU on Oct. 12. The Huskies were the first MAC team to compete in a BCS bowl, taking on Florida State in the Discover Orange Bowl on Jan. 1.
• Other league road trips include travelling to Bowling Green on Sept. 28, Miami (Ohio) on Oct. 19 and Massachusetts (at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.) on Nov. 16. The Zips will face the Falcons for the second-straight year and RedHawks for the fourth season in a row. UMass is in its second season as a football-only member of the MAC.

• The program's trip to Gillette Stadium to face UMass will be the Zips' fourth game played in an NFL stadium since 2007. Akron competed against Temple at the Philadelphia Eagles' Lincoln Financial Field in 2008 and 2010, and took on Army at Cleveland Browns Stadium in 2007 in the inaugural Patriot Bowl.
• The Zips open the season on a Thursday night against Central Florida for the second consecutive year (Aug. 29), this time in Orlando. UCF, who competes in the Big East starting in 2013, claimed the Conference USA East Division title last season as well as a victory over MAC member Ball State in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl.
• Non-conference road trip to Big Ten foe Michigan on Sept. 14. The Wolverines, who will play host to the Zips in the "Big House" for the first time, met up with South Carolina in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1.
2013 Zips Football Schedule:
Thu., Aug. 29 – at Central Florida
Sat., Sept. 7 – James Madison
Sat., Sept. 14 – at Michigan
Sat., Sept. 21 – Louisiana-Lafayette
Sat., Sept. 28 – at Bowling Green*
Sat., Oct. 5 – Ohio* (Homecoming)
Sat., Oct. 12 – at Northern Illinois*
Sat., Oct. 19 – at Miami (Ohio)*
Sat., Oct. 26 – Ball State*
Sat., Nov. 2 – Kent State*
Sat., Nov. 16 – at Massachusetts*
Fri., Nov. 29 – Toledo* (ESPNU/ESPN3)#
Fri., Dec. 6 – Marathon MAC Championship Game, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
* - Mid-American Conference game
# - ESPN Multiple-Game Selection Date (an ESPN weekday multiple-game selection date will be announced 12 days prior to the listed date. One game will be selected by each ESPN service listed).
Game times and additional television assignments TBD
Season Ticket Renewal, Season Ticket Packages and Parking Information:
Renewal invoices for current ticketholders were e-mailed during the third week of January, with a deadline of June 1 in place to lock in the same seats for the 2013 season. In an effort to "go green", hardcopy renewal invoices will be mailed next week only to those who have not yet renewed.

Those who renew or purchase new season tickets by June 1 will be eligible to buy seats for a discounted rate of $20 (a $10 savings) to the football team's second-annual Kickoff Luncheon on Friday, Aug. 23, at the University's Quaker Square Inn in downtown Akron.
For complete ticket information and to process a renewal, visit GoZips.com/Tickets, call 1-888-99-AKRON (25766) or visit 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).

Most ticket packages include a season parking pass, and concessions vouchers also provide added value for Priority Reserved and Reserved season ticketholders. For the second consecutive year, beer will be sold in the main seating area of InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field.

• Packages start as low as $75 for General Admission seats. New this season is General Admission seating on the stadium's east side.

• Also new this season is a $105 Reserved seat for University alumni who earned their first degree from UA since the 2008 spring semester.

• Those who purchase tickets in the Priority Reserved (starting at $250), 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.

• 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 buffet, premium food and drink menu options and alcoholic beverages (for additional fees), as well as pregame field passes (number of games based on ticket price). For the first time, Club Level season ticketholders can purchase in advance access to the buffet for all six home games at a discounted rate. Club Level season ticketholders must call the ticket office by June 1 for the discounted rate. The buffet will run 30 prior to kickoff through halftime. Discounted Club seats are available for Varsity "A" members as well. Pricing for Club and Priority Reserved season tickets includes a Z-Fund seat license donation, of which 80 percent is tax deductible.

• All parking that is provided to Priority Reserved and Reserved season ticketholders is in Lot 36, the deck on East Exchange Street. Ticketholders can upgrade parking to a tailgate lot closer to the stadium for $50 ($25 of which is a contribution to the Z-Fund).  To be eligible to purchase a pass for Lot 9, the ticketholder must be a Z-Fund donor of at least $100 (includes premium seating donation portions) since August 2012, and that amount can apply to parking for only one football season.