By: Chris Gros
August 19, 2014
Tallahassee, FL - FAMU fans of all ages gathered at the North Florida Fairgrounds to help the Rattlers kickoff the 2014 athletic year.
"It’s all about the fans. You know it’s parents out there, barbers out there, pastors out there and it's just everybody from their uncles to their aunties. So it's all about the fans it's always going to be about them," said FAMU Football Coach Earl Holmes.
There was a large crowd in attendance at the North Florida Fairgrounds. FAMU Athletic Director Kellen Winslow Sr. says the crowd is a promising sign for future business.
"I’m counting tickets right now. I've got one point five ticket per person and we've got half the stadium filled already," said Winslow.
For 2014 FAMU's athletic department is currently projected to operate in a budget deficit. Football home game attendance has dropped from an average of 18,764 in 2011 to 11,170 in 2013.
"Everybody wants to come back and pull for the players and pull for the school. If we have a good football team maybe we'll fill the stadium back up," said FAMU Booster Ann O’Neal.
FAMU’s first home game will be versus Coastal Carolina on September 20th. Kickoff is set for 5:00 p.m.