Rich Ellerson welcomed 55 new players to the Army football team on Monday.
June 27, 2011
West Point, N.Y. - -
Army head football coach Rich Ellerson welcomed the newest members of the Army football program on Monday as the Academy's Class of 2015 reported to West Point for Reception Day.
Of the 55 new Black Knights that began their West Point experience on Monday, 25 are directly from the high school ranks while 30 played football at the U.S. Military Academy Prep School (USMAPS) in 2010.
Twenty-five states from all geographic locations are represented in the 2011 recruiting class. California and Texas lead the way with six players each, while New York and Wisconsin each produced five Army newcomers. Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois and Washington boast three members of this year's incoming class.
The signees are split almost equally between offense and defense. Twenty-six players are slated for the offensive side of the ball, 28 are currently assigned to the defense and one player will be utilized on special teams. Both lines are the biggest beneficiaries with 11 defensive linemen and 10 offensive linemen joining the Black Knights. Defensively, the group includes 10 defensive backs and seven linebackers, while on offense there are eight running backs, four quarterbacks and four wide receivers.
The Black Knights begin their 122nd season on Sept. 3 at Northern Illinois. Army makes it 2011 home debut the following week when it hosts San Diego State.
Single-game and season tickets for the 2011 season are now on sale. Fans can secure their seats on-line , call the Army Athletics Ticket Office at 1-877-TIX-ARMY or in-person by visiting the Army Box Office located in the lobby of the Holleder Center.
The ticket price for individual seats for the San Diego State, Northwestern and Fordham games is $32. The Tulane game, this year's homecoming contest, is priced at $38.
Fans wishing to arrange group outings to West Point during the 2011 season can also make their ticket purchases. Groups of 20-or-more will receive substantial discounts off the regular individual game ticket prices. For the San Diego State, Northwestern and Fordham games, groups can purchase tickets for just $21 per seat. For the Homecoming matchup versus Tulane on Oct. 1, group tickets are $30 per seat.
In addition to purchasing tickets, groups wishing to organize a tailgate at West Point can contact Janine Roszkowski in the Directorate for Cadet Activities at (845) 938-7732 or Janine.email@example.com.
2011 season ticket packages start at just $79 for the "Coach E's Army" section located in the southwest corner of Michie Stadium. A sideline season ticket is priced at $128. Packages for the 2011 season include Army's four games at Michie Stadium. In addition, season-ticket holders will have priority to purchase seats for the Black Knights' game versus Rutgers.
When purchasing tickets, fans should also be aware of the adjustment to Army A Club giving levels for the 2011 football season. These updated tiers include new Michie Stadium parking guidelines designed to enhance parking efficiency and improve the game day experience for all fans attending games at West Point.