Glenville, WV - The Glenville State College football team is hoping that Pioneer fans will pack Morris Stadium on Thursday, September 1st at 7:00 p.m. when they host the Eagles of Carson-Newman College of Tennessee.

Expectations for the 2011 Pioneer season are high with the return of nineteen starters from last year's squad, but the season opener will provide a tough challenge.

Carson-Newman is a perennial NCAA powerhouse having made twelve trips to the NCAA playoffs. They are coached by Ken Sparks, the winningest coach in NCAA Division II history. This will be the Pioneers first-ever meeting with Carson-Newman.

Pioneer fans are urged to head to the stadium early for home games this season. The construction of the new Pioneer Center is underway adjacent to Morris Stadium, and this will reduce the number of parking spaces that are available in the stadium lot. Fans are reminded that due to the construction, there may be some areas that are a bit muddy. The GSC Athletic Department asks your patience with the situation.

"We know that there will be some inconveniences for our fans this season. Please bear with us during the construction of the Pioneer Center which will be a tremendous facility that will benefit the college and the community. Be assured that we will do everything possible to accommodate our fans during this period," said GSC Athletic Director Janet Bailey.

The Pioneer Football Team and Marching Band will be bussed to the stadium from campus in order to alleviate some of the parking congestion. GSC students are also encouraged to leave their vehicles on campus and ride the shuttle bus which will run prior to the game and for one hour after the game. The public is also welcome to park on campus and ride the shuttle to Morris Stadium.

As in the past, tailgating will be allowed in the stadium lots on a first come first serve basis.

GSC President Dr. Peter Barr and his wife Betsy will be hosting a tailgate for all Pioneer fans in the stadium lot prior to the game.

There will also be a tailgate party sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters for all Pioneer fans.

All Pioneer football games will be broadcast live on 100.3 FM WAFD and on the internet beginning thirty minutes before kickoff.

The complete 2011 GSC football schedule may be viewed at   www.glenville.edu

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