Football home game announcements
Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 01:09
In order to get into home football games, Miami University students will need to present their IDs. Students will need the newer IDs with photos that were issued back in 2011. The old white ones will not be accepted. While the policy of having a student ID is not new, the need to have the new ID is. Associate athletic director of game operations Keanah Smith said students will have their IDs scanned before entering the game.
“It just helps us make sure that our Miami-Oxford students are getting in, as they are the ones who should be coming to the games,” Smith said. “We want everybody to come, but the students who get in free, we want to make sure we are serving them.”
The policy starts with the University of Cincinnati game Saturday. The game is the home opener for the football team and is a “White-Out.” Miami is hoping to set a student attendance record at the game. According to assistant athletic director of marketing, sales and licensing Anthony Azama, the most students to attend a game since 2007 was when Miami hosted Cincinnati in its home opener Sept. 15, 2007. There were 6,754 students were in attendance for the game.
Azama said Miami has made several changes to how they approach gameday, including a new pregame intro, in an attempt to get more students to come.
“It’s got to be more than just a game,” Azama said. “It’s almost like trying to make it a social event that happens to be at a game. That’s kind of been our focus.”
The game marks the first time Miami will wear its new uniforms at home and Azama hinted at something new with the uniforms.
“It’s a chance for everybody to see them,” Azama said. “We might have a little surprise there for everybody. A little curveball, maybe something that nobody’s seen yet.”