Ragin' Cajuns set football season ticket record _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- UL-Lafayette kicker Hunter Stover (45) kicks the winning field goal in the second half of UL-Lafayette's victory over Tulane in the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Saturday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

The UL-Lafayette football program has yet another feather to add to its cap thanks to its string of success under coach Mark Hudspeth.

With a little more than three weeks remaining until the Ragin’ Cajuns kick off against Southern at Cajun Field, the university has announced that it has already eclipsed last year’s record mark of season ticket sales, with 12,276 currently sold. Last year’s record was set at 11,883.

“With the excitement building off the past three years, our fans have come out in full force,” said UL-Lafayette ticket manager Matt Casbon in a news release. “Those fans that have been here a long time have really continued their support, and our hat goes off to them for increasing their season ticket purchases.”

Recent renovations have increased Cajun Field’s seating capacity by roughly 6,000 with the addition of a lower bowl in the south endzone where a grass berm used to be. The school also added more restrooms and concessions to accommodate patrons in the additional seating area.

To go along with the renovations, the school band, The Pride of Acadiana, moved from its usual location near midfield to the southeast corner of the stadium, clearing room for season ticket packages near midfield. Those packages, in sections P and Q, are going for $150. Season ticket packages start as low as $110.

The boost can be attributed to the Cajuns on-field success, where they’ve enjoyed three straight nine-win seasons and New Orleans Bowl championships under Hudspeth. For the first time in his tenure, the Cajuns will also have a six-game home schedule.

Hudspeth appreciates the record, something he figured would be a by-product of the program’s success, but he doesn’t want it to stop now.

“My challenge to our fans is that we can still do so much more,” Hudspeth said. “I really feel that we will do that before the first game, and I encourage our fans who haven’t bought season tickets to get them now and join in the excitement of great college football at Cajun Field.”