Dear Red Wolves Fans,
Our University has worked diligently to create an outstanding “Return to Learn” plan for this fall semester. Our Athletics Department has also been preparing for a healthy and safe return for our intercollegiate athletics programs. We are very proud of the hard work by our campus community to provide a safe environment for all students.
It’s no surprise that we have persevered when considering how Americans have historically turned adversity into opportunities. When we could have easily found ourselves in a much different position, I’m proud we have shown resiliency and found strength as a Pack to move forward together.
I’m optimistic we can create an uplifting narrative our country is craving in these unprecedented times. We continue to look for opportunities that only collective minds can create. Finding success together starts by thinking together.
Arkansans are loyal, purpose-driven people. Let’s be proud of what we have built here at Arkansas State and what we can achieve in the future regardless of the challenging times we are living in.
There is absolutely no question that our student-athletes want to compete this fall. I couldn’t be prouder of the way they have remained focused through all the uncertainty we’ve seen. Their pursuit of competitive and academic success is relentless. They’ve worked extremely hard for this opportunity, and the false narrative existing that student-athletes across the country are somehow being forced to compete couldn’t be further from the reality of the situation.
We’re confident we are providing a safe environment for our student-athletes and giving them access to information and resources they may otherwise be unable to attain if not under our care. We continue to take all actions available to help them feel comfortable and confident, just as we are with our fans who choose to attend games this fall.
As a result, we have submitted our Centennial Bank Stadium seating plan, and it was approved this week by the Arkansas Department of Health. We are now in a position to implement the plan knowing that we will be able to accommodate a socially-distanced seating capacity up to 12,000 fans for each of our six home football games.
The seating plan for all areas of the stadium, as well as season-ticket information, can be viewed on our official website, AStateRedWolves.com, using this link: 2020 CENTENNIAL BANK STADIUM SEATING PLAN
The seating priority will be given to season ticket holders before we begin selling single-game tickets if space remains available. We are therefore asking for a commitment to renew your season tickets, if you have not already done so, by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1. We understand this is a quick turnaround, but necessary in order to properly distribute tickets and parking passes.
If we have seating availability based on capacity, we will begin selling single-game tickets 10 days prior to our first home game against Central Arkansas on Sept. 19.
Make no mistake, we are extremely grateful for the support of our fans. I’ve always said, and I still maintain, that we have the best core fan base in the country. We together have built wonderful facilities. We together have developed a strong program that showcases our community and University on national television. We together have created an exciting game-day atmosphere. We together have created opportunities for our student-athletes to get a wonderful education, graduate and become great ambassadors for our University as successful alumni.
There is so much more we can celebrate, but our athletics department needs your help to maintain and improve our operation. Once again, we call on you to give your financial support to this program. Two of the best ways you can do this is by purchasing season tickets and/or making a tax-deductible donation to the Red Wolves Foundation, which are essentially investments to advance the programs we’ve built together.
In the most clear and candid way possible, the costs of running a program go beyond just the investment you make towards student-athlete scholarships. While we are doing everything in our power to protect student services and student aid, playing these games are very important to funding medical, nutritional, mental-health, training and academic services for our student-athletes.
Our fans and donors, as I have said, play a critical role in our success and our ability to generate revenue. So, as partners in this endeavor, it is absolutely necessary to give you a snapshot of how the majority our budget is built and impacted by the need to generate revenue.
Playing games this fall, and in turn generating revenue from those games, are a vital part to sustaining and enhancing these three major areas that make up the largest percentage of our budget:
Sport Program Operations ($20.7 million)
Scholarships ($9 million)
Debt Service ($3.7 million)
We are extremely thankful here at Arkansas State to be part of such a special community that provides great backing for the Red Wolves. We also understand that playing games this fall not only impacts our athletics department, but it is also important for the Jonesboro and Northeast Arkansas community. Our events, and specifically our home football weekends, can greatly contribute economically to our region.
These are all reasons we have remained committed to preserving our fall sports seasons. I want to assure you we remain focused on our continuity plan and taking all the necessary steps to help you feel comfortable and confident if you choose to attend games at Centennial Bank Stadium, First National Bank Arena or the A-State Soccer Park this fall.
Your Arkansas State Athletics Department will continue to monitor the situation and have discussions with health officials and industry leaders regarding the ever-changing climate surrounding collegiate competitions this fall. At the same time, we will continue to communicate updates and options to you.
As always, thank you for your continued support, and GO RED WOLVES!
Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics
Original article source: https://astateredwolves.com/news/2020/8/27/football-from-the-desk-of-terry-mohajir-centennial-bank-stadium-seating-plan.aspx | Article may or may not reflect the views of KLEK 102.5 FM or The Voice of Arkansas Minority Advocacy Council