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HISTORY IN THE MAKING: Game One vs. Chowan

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
Release: August 31, 2009
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Aug. 31, 2009

Game One
Saturday, September 5th - 6:07 p.m. (EST)
Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium - Norfolk, Va.
Old Dominion Monarchs (0-0) vs.
Chowan Hawks (0-1)

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The Monarchs make history on September 5th when a three-year dream becomes a reality. On May 31, 2006, the ODU board of visitors voted to add football and 1,293 days later, the Monarchs are about to kick-off. ODU has an 11-game schedule, including seven home dates at the $24.8 million renovated Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium. The schedule is a mix of both D-II and D-I FCS opponents to help the Monarchs transition into not only its first year of football, but also to get ready for entering the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in 2011.

Old Dominion last fielded a football team in 1940, back when the school was known as the Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary. Then known as the Braves, the Norfolk Division had its first football game on Sept. 26, 1930 and was then disbanded in 1940. On June 21, 2005 by a 14-0 vote, the ODU board of visitors approved a plan that would see NCAA Div. I-AA (now known as FCS) football played at a remodeled Foreman Field provided that:
• A consultant's report indicating community support for a program.
• The acquisition of land to meet practice and other athletic needs.
• Pledges of at least $8 million for a football endowment.
All three criteria were met and Old Dominion kicks off today.

ODU's first contest vs. Chowan is sold out. Response for Monarch football has been overwhelming: • 14,377 season tickets sold with season ticket applications made available in Feb. 2008.
• The school had to unfortunately turn away 296 season ticket orders for a total of 1,065 season tickets due to demand.
• The ODU student ticket allotment of just under 4,000 tickets were all distributed in three days. Over 1,200 ODU students were in line when distribution began on Monday, August 24th at 8 a.m. and over 2,500 student tickets were handed out on the first day. By Tuesday night, only approximately 100 student tickets were available.

7 P.M. - "The Coors Light" Bobby Wilder radio show, live on 94.1 FM from Buffalo Wild Wings, 1308 Greenbrier Parkway, Chesapeake, VA.

8 - 5 P.M. - College Colors Day - wear your ODU colors and apparel to show your Monarch Pride
4 p.m. - Paw Print Painting - students pain "blue paw prints" around campus
6 - 9 p.m. - Pep Rally - Kaufman Mall - Featuring live music, games and activities, the Marching Monarchs, cheerleaders, dance team, Big Blue and ODU football coach Bobby Wilder speaking at 8:45 p.m

2 p.m. - Parking lots open for football game
3 p.m. - Kaufman Mall opens for activities including alumni tent, student tent, athletic promotions tent, live music, food and beverages for sale.
3:40 p.m. - Monarch March - ODU football team walks through Kaufman Mall en route to stadium
4 p.m. - Monarch Maniacs admitted to stadium
4:30 p.m. - Stadium gates open
5:15 p.m. - Marching Monarchs, cheerleaders, dance team and Big Blue perform on Kaufman Mall and then march into stadium
5:47 p.m. - Marching Monarchs pre-game performance in stadium
6:07 p.m. - Kick-off - Old Dominion vs. Chowan
Post Game - "5th quarter" - Marching Monarchs performance in stadium
Parking lots close 90 minutes after the game.

Game Notes

• Division II Chowan University opened with 2009 slate last Thursday with a 36-21 loss to #19 Albany State.

• The Hawks finished 2008 at 2-8 overall. They return 48 letterwinners.

• Albany State took advantage of six Chowan turnovers in the game, putting up 24 points on the Hawks' miscues.

• Albany State took advantage of six Chowan turnovers in the game, putting up 24 points on the Hawks' miscues.

• Chowan tallied 257 yards of offense in the game, 205 yards through the air and 52 yards gained on the ground.

• Hawk quarterback CJ Westler tossed three touchdowns while also throwing three interceptions in the loss. He completed 20-of-37 passes in the game.

• Elliot Smalls led the ground attack for Chowan with 37 yards on seven carries. Kevin Robledo finished the game with two touchdowns and 106 receiving yards on seven catches.

• Defensively, Chowan's Brad Cash and Andrae DeWeese had 4.5 tackles each while Greg Palmer had three tackles with a sack.

• Dennis Helsel, who enters his third year as the Director of Athletics for Chowan University, spent five years at Old Dominion as the Assistant Athletic Director for Business.

Should the Monarchs sellout every game this season, Old Dominion could be top five in FCS attendance in the country in its first year of play.

Rank: - School: - Games: - Average:
1.- Appalachian State - 8 - 25,161
2. - Montanna - 9 - 23,923
3. - Delaware - 6 - 21,609
4. - Jackson St. - 4 - 21,263
5. - Ga. Southern - 6 - 18,168
6. - N. Dakota St. - 6 - 18,032
7. - Harvard - 5 - 17,360
8. - Southern U. - 4 - 16,323
9. - Tennessee St. - 5 - 15,444
10. - James Madison - 9 - 15,362

STARTING FOOTBALL: Here is a look at schools that have started football programs over the last few years:

School: - FCS/FBS: - Year Started: - Record First Season:
Bryant - FCS - 1998 - 2-5
Campbell - FCS - 2008 - 0-8
Coastal Carolina - FCS - 2003 - 6-5
Jacksonville - FCS - 1998 - 4-5
Robert Morris - FCS - 1994 - 7-1
FIU - FBS - 2002 - 5-6
Florida Atlantic - FBS - 2001 - 4-6
South Florida - FBS - 1997 - 5-6

The following schools are adding football in the next few years:

School: - FCS/FBS: - Conference: - Year Starting:>
Georgia State - FCS - CAA - 2010
Lamar - FCS - Southland - 2010
UT-San Antonio - FCS - Southland - 2011
Charlotte - FCS - TBA - 2013
South Alabama - FCS - Independent - 2012
FBS - Sun Belt - 2013

Up Next:
The Monarchs host Virginia Union on Saturday, September 12th at 6:00 p.m. at Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium.

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