More than 500 students and fans attended the bonfire on historic Chamberlain Field in the heart of the UTC campus Wednesday night. It was a celebration held to “Get Fired Up to Beat The Citadel” in the football game set to kickoff at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 14, in Finley Stadium.
The Mocs are currently 5-4 on the year with two games remaining. A win against The Citadel would clinch a winning record for UTC for the first time since 2005.
The UTC Cheerleaders, Sugar Mocs, UTC Band and student-athletes were all there to show support for the entire athletics program. Keegan Bell, a sophomore guard on the men’s basketball team, encouraged fans to attend the men’s basketball game against Virginia Intermont on Friday at 7p.m. in the McKenzie Arena.
Bell also recognized the football team for its outstanding season and thanked the squad for the energy, enthusiasm and support its success has brought to the campus.
Head football coach Russ Huesman also addressed the crowd, thanking fans for their support throughout the season. Huesman encouraged everyone to come out one more time and help the Mocs get their sixth win of the year.
After the UTC Band played, senior members of the football team lit the bonfire that lasted over an hour on Chamberlain Field. Complimentary hot dogs, sandwiches, chips and hot chocolate were enjoyed by all on the chilly evening.
The event was sponsored by the UTC Freshman Senate and the Student Government Association. East Brainerd Lumber Company donated the lumber, and the Chattanooga Fire Department helped build the structure and was on hand to ensure a safe end to the fire.
The Mocs are looking for another strong turnout at Finley Stadium for the final home game of the year. Chattanooga has a chance to average 10,000 per game for the first time since moving to Finley Stadium in 1997. If the Mocs get their sixth win of the year, it will equal the win total of the last three years combined and be the most since winning six games in 2005.
By using the promo code “restore,” fans can still get the $5 general admission tickets when they order online at GoMocs.com. For more information, or to order tickets over the phone, call (423) 266-MOCS (6627).