COLLEGE STATION -- The McFerrin Athletic Center – Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 8, so that fans have the option of selecting their own seat when purchasing a season ticket package for the 2009 indoor track and field season at Texas A&M.
Seats available for selection will be in sections classified as Gold, Silver and Bronze. Prices for the season tickets are $150 (Gold), $125 (Silver) and $100 (Bronze) and will include five home meets for the Aggies, including the Big 12 Championships and NCAA Indoor Championships.
Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry will be available during the select-a-seat function. He will talk about the features of the new facility and answer questions. In addition there will be an opportunity to meet recent Olympians who competed in Beijing this summer. The group includes A&M assistant coach Alleyne Francique, current Aggie volunteer coaches Muna Lee and Wallace Spearmon, as well as current and former Aggie athletes Allison George, Fabrice Lapierre, Richard Adu-Bobie and Simone Facey.
The 2009 indoor track and field season will be the first time the Aggies will compete at a home venue since the 2004 outdoor season. Many of the top caliber teams visiting the facility will include athletes who competed in the recent Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Texas A&M’s home schedule will begin on January 24 with a dual meet against the Texas men and Tennessee women. Then the Aggies host a Big 12 versus SEC showdown on January 30-31 with Texas and Missouri joining Texas A&M on the Big 12 side as they take on a SEC trio of Florida, LSU and Mississippi. The third regular season meet will include a majority of Division I schools from Texas competing in the Texas Invitational on February 13-14 along with Arizona State, USC and Miami.
Postseason action in the new facility will include the Big 12 Conference Championships on February 27-28 followed by the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 13-14. It will be the first time either championship meet will be hosted in the state of Texas.