CMU Football Eyes 15,000 Mark

MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan University needs 9,953 fans to come to its final football game of the 2004 season to reach the NCAA Division I-A minimum of 15,000 per contest.

The Chippewas close the 2004 campaign on Nov. 20 when Ball State University comes to Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

Central Michigan has attracted 65,047 fans in its first four games -- Southeast Missouri (14,946), Kent State (11,792), Bowling Green (16.926) and Western Michigan (21,383).

A number of promotions are planned for the game that is being dubbed "Community and Campus Appreciation Day." All adult tickets are only $10 while youth and senior citizen ducats cost $5. In addition, all faculty and staff members at CMU have been given the opportunity to obtain two free tickets.

There are student promotions as well although the students have been turning out in record numbers. In fact, more than 50 percent of the on-campus student body was at the Western Michigan game when 10,850 came through the gates.

Two lucky students will win free rent for a year from Quality Apartments and another lucky student will win a trip to Las Vegas compliments of Capital City Airport and Allegiant Airlines.

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