UB season kickoff to bring plenty of fanfare

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — There is a lot of new for this season of Bulls football, and that includes the Edmund J. Gicewicz Club.

It seats 400, and tickets will run you $1000 to $1200 a piece, but it’s all intended to improve the experience at UB.

The paint will barely be dry on the stadium’s new premium level seating, as the university just cut the ribbon on the club Thursday. It’s the latest investment to not just offer a game, but an experience for fans. And it’s another example of growth for a relatively young D1 football program.

“It’s a great time to be in Buffalo,” said UB Director of Athletics Danny White. “I think we all feel there’s a Renaissance going on in the city of Buffalo an entire western your community. This university is very much a part of that, so we all feel like we’re getting a rich experience because we get to be a part of that.”

This season has added promise as well. Coach Lance Leipold is in his first year on the Bulls’ sideline, and comes with an impressive record.

“We’re proud to have the winningest coach in all of college football right here at UB,” White said. “His career record is 109-6. Is the fastest to 100 wins in the history of the game, so his amount of success and experience kind of speaks for itself. We’re really fortunate to recruit him here last year and were excited about the Lance Leipold era.”

“I know he and his staff and our players aren’t looking at this as a rebuilding effort. … We’re expecting to be pretty competitive right away and we certainly have high expectations for this season.”

The Bulls will challenge the Mid American Conference this year, and beyond the players, the student body will be a big part of that. Tailgating begins in the morning on game day, and it’s expected to be a big turnout for Saturday’s opener.

In addition, Stampede Square opens at 12:30 p.m., with a concert starting at 1:30.

“Imagine you’re at the top of a roller coaster, just before you go down. That suspense is building right before they kick off the ball at the beginning,” said UB sophomore Jared Gavin. “Environment like that is so amazing to be a part of that. I think it’s so important to say that you were from that kind of a place.”

Even as they’re putting the finishing touches on the club level, UB Stadium is sure to be rocking Saturday when the Bulls take on the Great Danes. Kickoff is at 3:30.

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