DURHAM, N.H. - On Saturday, Nov. 10, the University of New Hampshire volleyball team will be looking to break its own America East conference attendance record when it hosts first-place Northeastern University at Lundholm Gymnasium. The day has been dubbed "Pack the Arena Day" and admission is free to all! The Durham Fire Department will be at the match, along with a fire truck, collecting donations for the New York Fallen Firefighters and Rescue Workers Fund.
Prizes given away at this Saturday's match include: a Sprint PCS cell phone, $150 gift certificate to Portsmouth Gaslight Company Restaurant, and tickets for the Nov. 24 and 25 UNH Men's Hockey Thanksgiving Tournament (two tickets each day). Also, UNH students will have the opportunity to win an overnight "Ski & Stay" for up to forty people at Shawnee Peak in Bridgton, Maine. The first 1,000 people in the door will receive a bag of free goodies from the Friends of UNH Volleyball program.
During last season's "Pack the Arena Day", the Wildcats hosted Hofstra University and played in front of a school and America East conference record 1,949 fans at Lundholm Gym. Early projections for this season appear to indicate upwards of 2,500 fans will attend the Nov. 10 match. The seating capacity at Lundholm is listed at 3,500.
The Wildcats enter this weekend's regular season finale vs. Northeastern (Saturday at 1p.m.) and the University at Albany (Sunday at 1 p.m.) with a 16-8 overall record and a 9-3 showing in America East, good for third place. With its win over Hartford University last Sunday, UNH clinched the third seed in the America East Volleyball Championship.
This season's appearance in the America East tourney is UNH's fifth in a row. The last four years the Wildcats have made it to the conference finals, winning the tournament and advancing to the NCAAs in 1998.