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Elon prepares to take on James Madison for CAA football title

The Elon Phoenix will host top-ranked James Madison University at Rhodes Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 18, at noon, with selections for the NCAA FCS playoffs to take place on Sunday. Want to attend a playoff game? Find more information here. 

At noon on Saturday at Rhodes Stadium, the 11th-rated Elon University football team will play host to top-ranked James Madison in a contest that will decide the CAA Football champion. Prior to the game, Elon will honor 10 players in a Senior Day ceremony.

Elon will recognize 10 players of part of pregame Senior Day ceremonies – offensive lineman Graham Albright, defensive lineman Josh Armstrong, defensive back Chris Blair, defensive back Malcolm Galloway, defensive lineman Nick Groll, defensive lineman Dondre Howell, linebacker Johnathan Jackson, defensive back Jack Landry, wide receiver Tre Lennon and offensive lineman Ikenna Nwokeji

Fans can watch the game for free on Phoenix All-Access. Phoenix faithful can also listen to the game on WSJS 104.5 FM and 1200 AM as well as at elonphoenix.com as Taylor Durham and Dan Wyar will call the action. The pregame radio coverage will begin at 11 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online here. 

With a victory on Saturday, the Phoenix (8-2, 6-1) would clinch a share of the 2017 CAA title as the maroon and gold tied would be tied with the Dukes (10-0, 7-0). A win by the Stony Brook Seawolves (8-2, 6-1) over Maine could create a three-way tie at the top of the conference standings. In the event of a three-way tie, league tie-breaking regulations would award the automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs to James Madison. Elon would claim the automatic bid with a win over JMU and a Stony Brook loss.

In preparation for a potential playoff bid, Elon Athletics has announced information regarding tickets, dates, parking and ticket office hours. The 24-team field for the 2017 NCAA FCS playoffs will be announced on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 11 a.m. during a live selection show on ESPNU.

How are teams selected?
The NCAA FCS Championship is a 24-team playoff. A total of 10 programs receive an automatic qualification by winning a conference championship, while 14 teams earn at-large selections. The NCAA looks at records, strength of schedule, head-to-head results, trends and several other factors in evaluating an overall resume. First-round team pairings are determined according to geographical proximity. Teams from the same conference will not be paired for first-round games or for second-round games when both teams are playing their first games of the championship (except for teams from the same conference that did not play against each other during the regular season; such teams may play each other in the first and second round).
What are the playoff dates?

The top eight teams in the field receive seeds and a first-round bye for the playoffs. The other 16 teams play first-round games on Nov. 25. The winners play at the eight seeded teams on Dec. 2. The quarterfinals are held either Dec. 8 or 9 and the semifinals either Dec. 15 or 16. The NCAA Division I national championship game is scheduled for Jan. 6 in Frisco, Texas. With the exception of the national title game, all games are played at campus sites.
How do I order tickets?
Tickets for the first and second rounds will go on sale on Sunday, Nov. 19, following the announcement of the 24-team playoff field. Ticket orders can be made at elonphoenix.com/tickets or by calling the Elon Ticket Office at 336-278-6750 (refer to office hours below). Tickets may be printed at home, picked up at the box office throughout the week or picked up at will call. Fans are encouraged to pick up or print tickets in advance of Saturday. Current Elon students, faculty, and staff members can attend FCS Playoff games with a valid Phoenix Card.
Ticket Office Holiday Hours:
Sunday, Nov. 19: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 20: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 21: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 22: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 23: CLOSED (tickets available online)
Friday, Nov. 24: CLOSED or Noon - 5 p.m.(if hosting November 25)
Saturday, Nov. 25: CLOSED or 3 hours prior to kickoff (if hosting November 25)
Sunday, Nov. 26: CLOSED or Noon - 5 p.m. (if hosting December 2)
Monday, Nov 27 - Friday, Dec. 1: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Game Day Ticket Office Hours:
Rhodes Stadium Ticket Booths: Three (3) hours prior to kickoff
Potential First/Second Round Playoff Dates at Rhodes Stadium
Saturday, Nov. 25 or Saturday, Dec. 2
Phoenix Club Priority Deadline:
 • Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 5 p.m. (for 1st round)
 • Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 5 p.m. (for 2nd round)
Ticket Prices:
Premium Seating - $25
Reserved Bleacher Seating - $20
Lawn Seating - $10
Elon Students, Faculty and Staff will be admitted with a Valid Phoenix Card
I'm a season ticket holder, how do I reserve my seats and parking?
Season ticket holders may reserve their season ticket locations for any potential home game to be held at Rhodes Stadium starting Sunday, Nov. 19, following the selection show. Season ticket holders are guaranteed their regular season seat locations if they order by the priority deadline of 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21, for the first round and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28, for the second round. Ticket reservations can be made online at elonphoenix.com/tickets or by calling the ticket office at 336-278-6750 during office hours (see above for hours). Season ticket holders can request additional seats beyond their season ticket quantity. Tickets may be printed at home, picked up at the box office throughout the week or picked up at will call. Fans are encouraged to use electronic delivery for tickets. Will call pick-up for tickets is available, however, printing your ticket is strongly recommended to avoid lines and to receive your tickets before game day.
How will parking work for the playoffs?
Season ticket holders who have a season parking pass will receive regular season parking access if they reserve their game tickets by the priority deadline.  These passes can be picked up during box office hours, at the home men’s basketball game against Radford on Wednesday, Nov. 22, or at a Phoenix Club Parking Will Call on game day. Drive through Phoenix Club Parking Will Calls will be located in front of the Center of the Arts with additional details to be provided.  If you are not a season ticket holder but are interested in parking pass availability, or if you have any questions, please contact Kara Nunnally at 336-278-6781.
Will the Phoenix Club host its halftime hospitality and Letterwinners Lounge?
The Phoenix Club halftime hospitality and Letterwinners Lounge will be in operation. 
If I am not a season-ticket holder, can I order tickets?
Fans who did not have 2017 season tickets are also encouraged to pre-order tickets for home FCS playoff games following the November 19 selection show. Orders from fans without season tickets will be assigned to best available seats following the Phoenix Club priority deadline, then based on order date.


Owen Covington,
11/15/2017 11:20 AM