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Athletics Department to Open New Student Entrance at Williams Stadium

September 4, 2007
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Athletics Department to Open New Student Entrance at Williams Stadium
Due to the large influx of student support at Liberty's first home football game, the Athletics Department has announced it will be opening a new student entrance at the Williams Stadium South Gate.

The new entrance, which will be open for this Saturday's game against Shippensburg, will be located to the east side of the South Gate ticket booth (in front of the guard shack) and will service the needs of only the Liberty University student body.

During last Saturday's home opener, over 7,600 fans filed through the South Gate entrance, meaning more than 50 percent of the evening's total attendance entered through just one of the stadium's four entrances.

The new gate will provide the student body with two designated entrances at Williams Stadium. Since the opening of the stadium in 1989, the East Gate has served as the main student entrance.

"Our students showed unparalleled enthusiasm on Saturday night by arriving early and in mass numbers," said Liberty University Director of Athletics Jeff Barber. "We want to ensure that each student's experience is positive when they come to our events, and we have responded by providing them easier access to our venue."

For the 11th time in the history of the program, Liberty packed in more fans than Williams Stadium can hold (12,000), as 14,925 were in attendance on Saturday evening, marking the second-highest attended game in school history.

After one week of games, Liberty currently ranks No. 4 in the nation in home attendance based upon stadium capacity (124.4 percent). The contest between Liberty and Tusculum was the seventh-most attended Football Championship Subdivision game over the weekend.

Last season, Liberty finished the year ranked No. 13 nationally in filling stadium capacity (92.7 percent). The Flames rewrote their attendance records last year, including total home attendance (66,765), highest home average (11,128) and single-game attendance (15,631 against William & Mary on Oct. 21).

For more information about the new student entrance, please contact the Flames Ticket Office at (434) 582-SEAT (7328).

NCAA Top Attendance Figures – Accumulated Capacity (following Week 1)
1. Stony Brook – 361.40 % (7,228 for 2,000-seat stadium)
2. Samford – 156.46 % (10,482 for 6,700-seat stadium)
3. Iona – 140.42 % (1,685 for 1,200-seat stadium)
4. Liberty – 124.38 % (14,925 for 12,000-seat stadium)
5. Davidson – 105.43 % (4,217 for 4,000-seat stadium)

NCAA Top Attendance Figures – Total Attendance (following Week 1)
1. Norfolk State – 26,970
2. Montana – 23,599
3. Tennessee State – 23,440
4. Alabama State – 17,316
5. Alcorn State – 16,930
6. Northern Iowa – 15,056
7. Liberty – 14,925
8. McNeese State – 13,498
9. Texas State – 13,007
10. The Citadel – 12,885