ALBANY, GA - When Albany State University football fans attend the Second Annual Blue and Gold Scrimmage on Friday, March 26, at 6 p.m., they will see the Golden Rams in action at the Albany State University Coliseum, not the Albany Municipal Coliseum. The name of the on-campus facility has been changed, according to campus officials.
The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has granted Albany State permission to change the name of the facility, said Clifford Porter, vice president for Institutional Advancement.
"The renaming of the Albany Municipal Coliseum to the Albany State University Coliseum is temporary," Porter said. "We are hopeful that a donor or donors will contribute a substantial amount of money for the stadium project and we can rename the stadium on a permanent basis in honor of the donor(s)."
The stadium, which opened in 2004, is considered one of the finest facilities in Division II football. It has been the site of numerous Golden Ram victories and the host site of NCAA playoff games in 2004, 2005 and 2009.
"The ASU Coliseum is the home of the Golden Rams," Porter said. "It is a symbol of pride and excellence in our athletics programs and it is very appropriate that its name reflect just that."
After a brief stadium ceremony, head coach Mike White and the Golden Rams will give their fans a taste of the 2010 football season and kick off the annual spring game.
The ASU Golden Rams will open the 2010 season on Saturday, Aug. 28, at Kentucky State University, and make their home debut on Saturday, Sept. 11, against Clark Atlanta University. The Golden Rams will celebrate Homecoming 2010 on Saturday, Oct. 9, against the Miles College Golden Bears.
Tickets for the spring game are $5 each and are on sale at the ASU Business Office in the ACAD Building. Tickets will also be on sale at the gate. For more information about the game, call the Athletics Department at 229-430-4754 or 430-4673. Persons interested in making donations to the stadium project should call Clifford Porter at 229-430-4660.