CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - On Saturday, the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers will host Bethune Cookman at Brooks Stadium as they strive for a championship win.
The Chants have one of the best offenses in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), but Bethune Cookman is praised for having a top notch defense.
Mike Cawood with CCU Athletics says the last home playoff game in 2010 brought 4,556 fans into the stadium. Since tickets must be purchased for NCAA playoff games, the school is buying tickets for students. Normally students and the families of players are admitted for free.
"There's almost no one her," said Residence Assistant Hailey Shingler. "I haven't really seen a soul except for some football players around."
Shingler said once she found out the tickets would be paid for, she could not wait to sign up.
"It's kind of a shame that not really a lot of people are here to see it but I'll definitely be there," added Shingler.
On social media, CCU let students know about the offer through tweets and posts. Also on the athletic department's homepage, a banner instructed students how to reserve tickets.
Shingler said whether students had to pay for tickets or not, she expected a good turnout.
"We started building up the football program and we've started tailgating," said Shingler. "It's really become a big thing every Saturday."
The school is also opening the residence halls normally closed over the Thanksgiving holiday to allow students to come back to campus in time for the game.