Western Carolina University Head Football Coach Mark Speir has stressed the importance of creating the best home atmosphere at E.J. Whitmire Stadium/Bob Waters Field, not only in the Southern Conference but in all the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision.

For a second consecutive season, Western Carolina led the Southern Conference in average home football attendance, posting a program-best 17th national ranking in the FCS in 2018 as the NCAA released its annual football attendance surveys.

Last year marked the fifth consecutive season that WCU has ranked inside the national Top 30 in attendance figures and a fifth-straight year the average attendance number has improved in Cullowhee, posting an average of 10,580 in 2018 – the best seasonal average since 1991.

“The Catamount Nation has created a game day atmosphere second to none here in Catamount Country – you have helped us lay the foundation for Western Carolina football,” said Speir. “We can’t wait to see the Catamount Nation back out in full force again this fall. Our fans, our student body, our alum, our former student-athletes and the ‘828’ – our western North Carolina community – all are a key component in our success as we feed off your enthusiasm and energy.”

Season tickets for WCU’s 2019 six-game home schedule are on sale now through the Catamount Athletics ticket office, located on the first floor of the Ramsey Center, by phone at (800) 34-GOWCU and online at CatamountSports.com. Three different seat types – reserved chair back, bench back reserved and traditional stadium bleacher – are available for the six home dates with prices beginning at $90 for an adult general admission and $55 for a youth bleacher season ticket.

Returning WCU football season ticketholders must renew their season tickets by June 28 to lock in their same seats from last year.

Kickoff times, broadcast availability and a complete listing of additional special events surrounding each of WCU’s home dates will be announced in the coming days. Single-game tickets for individual home games go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 7.