Here's the million dollar question: Why would I attend a Toledo Football Game? Here's the answer: Why wouldn't you attend a Toledo Football game? There are more than a few reasons to come to the Glass Bowl this fall to check out the Toledo Rockets but let's take a look at perhaps the most compelling reasons.
Reason 1 - The Pregame Fun
If you haven't been to a Toledo Football game yet, you're missing out. Walking through the parking lots on the way to the stadium even five or six hours before kickoff is a treat in itself. Toledo alum and students pack the University of Toledo campus creating a truly stellar gameday atmosphere, no matter the date, time or weather.
Reason 2 - New Renovations in 2016
In 2016, the east side of the Glass Bowl will have a much more impressive look and feel to it. The university announced in the spring that they were renovating the stadium to provide a facelift along with new concession facilities, restrooms, new entryways, a new ticket booth and much, much more. The new renovations will only add to the stadium feel at an already truly iconic Glass Bowl in the Glass City.
Reason 3 - The Glass Bowl is Truly Iconic
If you've never been to the Glass Bowl at the University of Toledo, it is a true piece of art. The stadium, originally constructed in 1937, was renovated in 1990 and has only added more character since then. On June 20, the Glass Bowl was named the 19th best College Football stadium, saying:
Big college football fun can come in small venues, as the Glass Bowl has shown for nearly 80 years. Its original 8,000 seating capacity was pretty sizable in the 1930s, but nowadays, the home of the Mid-American Conference's Toledo Rockets checks in as the 16th-smallest stadium in FBS.
The Glass Bowl is a mixture of stone and glass, the latter a homage to Toledo's long history in theglassmakingindustry. Don't let the name fool you, though, as the stadium is quite sturdy.
Don't judge a stadium by its size, judge it by its capacity. Toledo has consistently been top-two in the Mid-American Conference in attendance since 2000. The stadium fills and it gets loud as the Toledo community truly supports the hometown Rockets.
Reason 4 - Kareem Hunt is Worth Admission
By now, I'm sure you've heard of Toledo runningback Kareem Hunt. If you haven't, you probably don't pay attention to national sports since Hunt has been in national headlines for all the right reasons. First, it was a 271 yard, five touchdown rushing performance in Mobile, Alabama against Arkansas State in the 2014 GoDaddy Bowl. From there, it was award after award, including a 2016 Maxwell Award Watch List and several other accolades. The truth is, a player like Kareem Hunt is rare. Extremely rare. Now, entering his senior season, you have to get to the Glass Bowl to see No. 3 carry defenders, break tackle after tackle and burst into the endzone. Hunt is hungry and better than ever entering 2016 and is a guy that could potentially make a name for himself in the National Football League.
Reason 5 - Jason Candle Won't Miss A Beat
Now that Matt Campbell is gone, the Jason Candle era begins in the Glass City. Already a perfect 1-0 after a Boca Raton Bowl win against Temple, Coach Candle is ready to lead the Rockets to big things. He and his coaching staff have done a tremendous job, already, preparing a senior-led squad behind Storm Norton and Kareem Hunt. The Rockets are expected to do major things, as usual, because in Rocket Country the expectations simply do not change. Candle, former offensive-coordinator will bring the electric, once again, to this offense.
Reason 6 - Scoring, Scoring, Scoring
In the Mid-American Conference, we love scoring. I mean L-O-V-E scoring. In 2015, the Rockets' offense 31st in the country in scoring offense, 27th in rushing offense (207.9 YPG) and 40th in passing offense (253 YPG). With Jason Candle, an offensive-minded and fast-paced head coach, Toledo will score and score often. The cannon at the Glass Bowl that shoots off after every touchdown will be extremely busy this fall as the dynamic offense should be one of the best in the entire country.
Reason 7 - Night Games
Of Toledo's six home games this fall, three will be played at night. You simply cannot get better than night games at the Glass Bowl. Last year, the Glass Bowl was over 80-percent capacity during night games and the crowd brought the thunder, especially in a major 30-23 double-overtime victory over Iowa State. This season, the crowd will be back and louder than ever, especially during the home opener on September 10th at 7:00 pm.
Reason 8 - National Attention
Have you ever been on ESPN? No? Well, the Glass Bowl is a great place to been seen on a national scale as the Rockets prepare for at least four of their six games to be shown on national television in one form or another. It's a great opportunity to say, "Hey mom, I was on TV!" while supporting your Rockets.
So, there you have it. There are several more reasons that we could go on and on about, but you get the idea. The Rockets are hungry and better than ever in 2016, get to the Glass Bowl to witness greatness. You can order your tickets online by going to UTRockets.com.