Florida Tech Panthers Host 2015 ‘Football 101’ For International Students

By  //  August 26, 2015

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ABOVE VIDEO: Florida Tech Athletic Director Bill Jurgens talks about the 2015 International Student Welcome Day event, and Panther football.

International Students Enjoy Traditional American BBQ, Learn About American Football

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Tech’s International Student & Scholar Services, the International Student Service Organization and the Panther Football team hosted an International Student Welcome recently where attendees enjoyed traditional American BBQ and learned about American football.

Hosted by Florida Tech Athletic Director Bill Jurgens, and members of the Panther football team, this was the third annual International Student Welcome event.

Bill Jurgens
Bill Jurgens

“We work hard to provide our fans with the excitement of college football, both on the field, in the stands and during halftime,” Athletics Director Bill Jurgens said.

“An important concern to us is the fan experience. We were pleased to receive high marks from our fans in the survey we conducted.”

The Panthers will play in front of their fans five times at Palm Bay High School’s Pirate Stadium as Newberry (9/5), Warner (9/19), West Alabama (10/10), Shorter (10/31) and West Georgia (11/7) travel to Melbourne. With the exception of the 1 p.m. ET Homecoming Game against West Georgia, all home games will be begin at 7 p.m.

For the first time, two types of season tickets will be offered. Premium season tickets will once again be available in the east stands between the 30-yard lines. All seats in this section only are reserved. New for 2015 are general admission season tickets in Sections 1 and 2 in the east stands and Sections 9 and 10 in the west stands. All seating in these sections is open seating.

The premium season ticket prices for the 2015 season are $70 for adults and $45 for FIT employees with ID, seniors ages 65 and above, and children ages 5-16. For FIT employees, there is a maximum of two adult season tickets per order at the discounted rate of $45.

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General admission season tickets are $50 for adults and $30 for seniors, children and FIT employees. Children age four and under will be granted admission free of charge.

“It’s gratifying to see the pride our fans have for FIT Football and the never die spirit of our student-athletes and coaching staff,” Jurgens added. “We are proud of the football program and its rapid development into a Gulf South Conference contender.”

For questions, please call the ticket office at the number above or e-mail AthleticsTickets@fit.edu.

Raghunandan Rangonatha
Raghunandan Rangonatha

“Football is a great game,” said Raghunandan Rangonatha, a Mechanical Engineering major from India.

“Based on tonight’s event, I can tell that football fans and the crowd add to the excitement – the fans magnify the excitement of this tough, intense sport.” 


Florida Tech Panther's mascot checks out the 2014 team helmets at the recent "Football 101" event.
Florida Tech Panther’s mascot checks out the 2014 team helmets at the recent “Football 101” event.
Members of the Cheerleading Squad participating at Florida Tech’s Football 101. (SpaceCoastDaily.com image)
Nearly 200 Florida Tech students, football players and cheerleaders turned out for the 3rd annual Football 101.
Bill Jurgens, left, Florida Tech Athletic Director, and “Pete the Panther,” talk with students at Football 101.
Panther Football players at Florida Tech’s Football 101 event. (SpaceCoastDaily.com image)
Florida Tech Assistant Athletic Director Ryan Jones with Panther football players at Florida Tech’s Football 101 event. (SpaceCoastDaily.com image)
Panther Football players at Florida Tech’s Football 101 event. (SpaceCoastDaily.com image)
Florida Tech students display the free T-shirts handed out by members of the football team. (SpaceCoastDaily.com image)
Pete the Panther greets Florida Tech students.
Students gather for the third annual Football 101 event at Florida Tech.