April 8, 2014

Anticipation building for football spring game

GREELEY – With spring football in full swing, there is not a better time than now for Northern Colorado fans to start planning their season ticket purchases.

Head coach Earnest Collins Jr. will speak briefly prior to the spring game, and that interview can be found HERE on game day, April 26.

The 2014 season promises to be a thrilling one for the Bears as they welcome FCS playoff qualifier Northern Arizona to Greeley for the annual Homecoming game in week five, as well as a host of other quality teams. Northern Colorado will see non-conference opponent Houston Baptist in the second week, and Big Sky foes Sacramento State (week six), Idaho State (week eight) and rival North Dakota on Senior Day.

"For us, our home schedule rotates through our conference, and around our program, every game is exciting for us," Collins Jr. said. "Every game is a must win, and we're approaching it like that. It's always nice when you can be at home and play in front of your home crowd."

Season ticket sales will be available to the public on the day of the spring game, Saturday, April 26 at Nottingham Field. The deadline to renew season tickets is Friday, May 16, and that can be done by contacting the Northern Colorado ticket office, located in the University Center. More information can be found HERE. Current season ticket holders should expect renewal forms in their mailboxes in the coming days.

Fans can volunteer to join the Bears Football Season Ticket Committee that works to increase the sales of season tickets. Volunteers will be placed into teams and compete throughout the summer months for individual and group prizes. There is no money committment and very little time required. For more information, fans can contact the Director of Sales and Marketing, Terry Anderson, at 970-351-2197 or terry.anderson@unco.edu.

The Bears are now in the third week of spring practices, and Collins says the team is making great strides in preparation for not only the spring game but the regular season itself as well.

"Practices have been going great. The kids are out there flying around, looking good, playing together. They're taking care of each other," he said. "That bodes well going into the spring game. We'll have some fun with it.

"It'll be a little bit of a different format because we're at about 65 players, but we're still going to have fun with the game. We're looking to come out of this healthy and go into the summer full strength."

In addition to the obvious football aspect, Collins said he hopes the spring game can become a community event where fans can enjoy themselves and get an early look at next season's on-field product.

"For me, it's not just the spring game. It's a time when we get parents and alumni and friends of the program or just fans in general out there watching your guys," Collins said. "And any time you can do that, it's pretty exciting. Right after the Women's Walk, hopefully people will stick around and watch our guys in action. We're going to try to put on a show and win a lot of games this year."

For fans that cannot wait until April 26, the team's spring practices are open to the public, and a full schedule of those dates and times can be found HERE.