MELBOURNE, Florida - Florida Tech finalized its inaugural football schedule by adding a sixth home game on Nov. 16 against Webber International at Palm Bay High School’s Pirate Stadium. The game will mark FIT’s last of the regular season.
“Solidifying our schedule for the first season has been a process that started nearly two years ago,” head coach Steve Englehart said. “We are happy with the quality of our schedule and the variety of teams that we will be playing in our first year of competition.”In all, the Panthers will play 11 games this fall, starting with the program’s first-ever game on Sept. 7 against Stetson at Pirate Stadium. The contest, Stetson’s second since it last played football in 1956, is one of five non-conference games on FIT’s schedule. Along with playing Webber International at home, the Panthers will host Warner in their Homecoming Game on Oct. 26. In their two other non-conference games, they will travel to Newberry on Sept. 14 and Ave Maria on Oct. 12.
“I love that our first game in our history will be against Stetson University because both programs have been building over the last two years,” Englehart said. “I have talked with Stetson’s head coach Roger Hughes several times and know that he will do a great job with that program. I also like that we will play other schools here in Florida like Ave Maria, Warner and Webber International.”As a football-only member of the Gulf South Conference, FIT will play six league games beginning with a national TV game on CBS Sports Network against West Alabama on Sept. 19 at Pirate Stadium. The Panthers will then play three consecutive road games at Delta State on Sept. 28, defending NCAA Division II National Champion Valdosta State on Oct. 5 and the non-conference match-up against Ave Maria.
“The challenging parts of the schedule include a short preparation week between the Newberry and West Alabama games and then a three-game road swing immediately following the Thursday night [national TV] game,” Englehart said. “But, I like how we are going to play our first and last games of the season in front of our home crowd.”FIT will take on new GSC member Shorter in Melbourne on Oct. 19. One week later, it will welcome back alumni for its first-ever Homecoming Game at Pirate Stadium against Warner on Oct. 26. The Panthers will travel to West Georgia on Nov. 2 before concluding their home slate versus North Alabama on Nov. 9 and Webber International on Nov. 16.
Season tickets are available for the Panthers’ inaugural 2013 season at $65 for adults, $40 for seniors ages 65 and above and children ages 5-16. As of April 14, season tickets are available only between the 30 and 40-yard lines on Florida Tech’s side of the stands at Pirate Stadium. All premium seating is reserved.To purchase season tickets for all six of FIT’s home games, visit FloridaTechSports.com, call 321-674-8032 or stop by the athletic offices at the Clemente Center Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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