FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Gillette Stadium, the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and the University of Massachusetts (UMass) have announced that the annual football rivalry game, which moves to Gillette Stadium in 2010 and 2011, will be dubbed the "Colonial Clash."
"It's a fitting name for a border rivalry between schools who represent two of the original colonies," said Robert Kraft, Chairman and CEO of The Kraft Group. "We're proud to bring it to Gillette Stadium and are determined to make it a truly special event for students, alumni and fans from the two schools. We don't think there is a better atmosphere for football in New England than Gillette Stadium, and we hope the venue heightens interest in the game and in college football in this region."
Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23.
UNH and UMass have played each other every year since 1952. UNH captured the 2008 game, 52-21, while UMass won a thriller last season, 23-17. The annual rivalry almost always has a direct bearing on the Colonial Athletic Association championship chase as UMass and UNH have captured or shared the conference's North Division title each of the last six years. UMass has advanced to the NCAA championship three times since 2003 (2003, 2006 and 2007) while UNH has been selected to play in the NCAA championship each of the past six seasons (2004-2009).
A new logo for the "Colonial Clash" incorporates the helmets and colors of UNH and UMass with the Gillette Stadium logo. The contest will be the first ever college football game at Gillette Stadium, the 68,756-seat home of the New England Patriots that is designed to represent New England heritage with its signature lighthouse and bridge.
Tickets are currently available for purchase through UNH at the Whittemore Center Arena Box Office by calling (603) 862-4000, extension 5. Club seats are $30, lower bowl seats are $25 and there is a discounted student ticket available for $10. All ticket prices include parking. Fans will be able to select seats on the respective school sidelines. UMass will utilize the Patriots sideline and UNH will be on the "visiting" team sidelines.
UNH student tickets are only being sold at the Whittemore Center Arena Box Office. Please note that a valid UNH Student ID is required at the time of purchase. No student tickets will be available to purchase at Gillette Stadium on game day.
Club Level seating for $30 includes access to the Fidelity Investment Clubhouse during the game. Fans are encouraged to attend a UNH pre-game reception at Toby Keith's I Love This Place Bar & Grill Restaurant in Patriot Place. Doors open at 11:00 a.m.
CLICK HERE for tickets to purchase a seat on the fan bus.
Group sales are available for 20 or more fans by calling 1-877-GET-REVS.
In addition to serving as the home of New England Patriots and the New England Revolution, Gillette Stadium has hosted a variety of sporting events since opening in 2002, including the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships, FIFA World Cup qualifiers and high school football Super Bowls.