TOWSON, Md. - When Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team host Coastal Carolina University on September 19 at Johnny Unitas® Stadium, the Tigers will celebrate their first Towson Community Night. The Tigers' home opener will start at 7:00 p.m.

As part of Towson Community Night, local fans will have the opportunity to purchase reserved seat tickets for $8.00 each, a significant savings over the regular ticket price. Members of the Towson Community can purchase up to eight tickets each to watch the Tigers open their home schedule.

"A close-knit campus and off-campus community is critical for the development of any major academic institution such as Towson University," says Coach Ambrose. "In an effort to reconnect and strengthen those bonds, we are pleased to be able to invite and include our neighbors at Towson Community Night."

To receive the special game night discount, community members can download a special coupon. The special voucher is also available in the most recent editions of The Towson Times.

In addition to watching the Tigers host Coastal Carolina, fans attending the home opener will also be treated to a post-game fireworks display.

"The business community and the Towson Chamber of Commerce have been extremely supportive of this event," says John Latteri, the Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing at Towson University. "Towson Community Night will provide our neighbors with an opportunity to interact with each other as well as local businesses. With our post-game fireworks, it should be a memorable night."

Bolt Bus is serving as the Game Sponsor for the Tigers' game against Coastal Carolina. In addition, there will be a 2009 Tiger football schedule key chain tag giveaway sponsored by GEICO. Key chain tags will be given to the first 5,000 fans that come through the gates.

The following local businesses are supporting Towson Community Night:

Brooks-Huff Tire and Auto Centers

Brothers Services Company

Burkshire Marriott

Chili Man Weiners

Convergent Technologies Design Group, Inc.

Fidelity Investments

The Greene Turtle

Holiday Inn of Towson

Maury, Donnelly and Parr, Inc.

Midstate Federal Savings and Loan Association

M & T Bank

Radebaugh's Florist and Greenhouses

Red Robin

Seasons Pizza

Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel

The Tan Company

The Towson Times

Towson Chamber of Commerce

Towson Quizno's

Wachovia

Wells Discount Liquors

WNST-AM 1570

Several of these business partners will be on-site for the football game.

In the weeks leading up to Towson Community Night, the Towson University Athletic Program will have a presence at the Towson Chamber of Commerce "FEET ON THE STREET" Friday Night Block Party. The Tigers will be appearing on Friday, September 11 and Friday, September 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The event is being held on Allegheny Avenue between York Road and Washington Avenue. Patrons will have the opportunity to enjoy great food and beverages while watching live performances and children's activities. The Towson University Marching Band will perform on Friday, September 18.

Tiger fans can pick up posters and schedule cards at "FEET ON THE STREET." Discount vouchers for the home opener will also be available.

Hospitality options are also available for the Coastal Carolina game on September 19. Interested fans are invited to call (410) 704-3156 or log on to www.TowsonTigers.com.

TIGER TALES: After opening the season with a loss at Northwestern University on Saturday, the Tigers are idle this week ... The Coastal Carolina game is the first game of a very attractive home schedule at Johnny Unitas® Stadium ... On October 3, Towson hosts ninth-ranked New Hampshire at 3:30 p.m. as part of Family Weekend ... On October 17, the Tigers face rival Delaware as part of Homecoming at 3:30 p.m. ... On October 31, number one-ranked Richmond, the defending NCAA FCS champion, visits Unitas Stadium at 1:00 p.m. ... On November 14, the Tigers host third-ranked Villanova at 1:00 p.m.

Several Colonial Athletic Association teams had impressive debuts in the opening week of the season ... In fact, three CAA teams posted wins over NCAA BCS programs ... Third-ranked Villanova edged Temple, 27-24 ... On Saturday evening, CAA teams picked up road victories over Atlantic Coast Conference competition ... While William & Mary handed Virginia a 26-14 loss, Richmond knocked off Duke, 24-16 ... After the first week of the season, five CAA teams are ranked among the top ten teams in NCAA FCS ... In addition to number one-ranked Richmond and third-ranked Villanova, James Madison was ranked sixth ... James Madison opens its season at Maryland this weekend ... William & Mary is ranked seventh and New Hampshire is ninth.

This will be the second meeting between Towson and Coastal Carolina ... Last season, the teams met for the first time at Coastal in a game the Chanticleers won ... Coastal Carolina opened its season with a 16-0 loss at Kent State last week ... The Chanticleers host Monmouth this week.

While Coach Ambrose is making his home debut as the Tigers' head coach against Coastal Carolina, the Tigers are hoping to continue their success in home openers ... In their 40 previous home openers, Towson has a 30-10 record ... The Tigers have been even more successful in recent years ... They have won their last four home openers, beating Morgan State (21-16) in 2008, Central Connecticut (20-10) in 2007, Morgan State (30-2) in 2006 and Morgan State (29-26) in 2005 ... The Tigers have won 11 of their last 12 home openers.


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