Monarchs Set To Host Chowan In 2009 Season Opener

January 16, 2008
By ODU Athletics

Jan. 16, 2008

Norfolk, Va. - Old Dominion University Athletic Director Dr. Jim Jarrett and head football coach Bobby Wilder announced today that the Monarchs will host the Hawks of Chowan University on Sept. 5 in the 2009 season opener. When the two teams take the field it will be the first time in 69 years for the Monarchs who last fielded a team in 1940.

"This is a good opening game for ODU football," says Jarrett. "Their athletic director Dennis Helsel, who is a former assistant athletic director for us, has been very cooperative throughout this process and we appreciate his support in getting this game. The game should generate local interest in addition to being our opener, due to Chowan's proximity to Hampton Roads."

Located in Murfreesboro, N.C., Chowan is a Division II program under the direction of third-year head coach Lorick Atkinson who took over in 2005. Chowan will begin playing football as a member of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) in 2008.

"I'm excited to have this opening game set," added Wilder. "This will be the first ODU football game at Foreman Field in 69 years and with Chowan being just an hour down the road, I'm sure the atmosphere will be great."

The Monarchs will close out the 2009 campaign on Nov. 21 with a trip to Florida where they'll face the Dolphins of Jacksonville University. This is the Monarchs' second opponent from the Pioneer League with ODU scheduled to meet Georgetown on Oct. 31.

"The addition of Jacksonville to the schedule gives us four quality Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) opponents," says Wilder. "This will be first contest in a home-and-home series with them visiting Foreman Field in 2010.

The ODU ticket office begins accepting football season ticket applications on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. at the Constant Center box office, by calling 683-4444 or ordering online at Season tickets are priced at $120, $100 for ODU faculty and staff, and $290 for family plans consisting of two adult and two children's tickets. Seat and locations are based on the current priority point system for Big Blue Club members and date of purchase for non-Big Blue Club members.

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