Battle of the Piney Woods could set attendance record


NACOGDOCHES, TX (News Release) - HOUSTON, Texas (SFA) – With the 2011 installment of the Battle of the Piney Woods presented by less than a week away, officials from Lone Star Sports & Entertainment announced that ticket sales have surpassed 20,000. The annual rivalry game between Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin will be played at Reliant Stadium at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8th.

The 2010 Battle of the Piney Woods set an attendance record for both schools with a crowd of 24,685. Capacity for the game is limited to Reliant Stadium's lower bowl, which seats approximately 26,000, and luxury suites. The Southland Conference attendance record of 27,500, was set during the 1976 season between McNeese State and Louisiana-Lafayette in Lake Charles, La.

"Our ticket sales are pacing ahead of where we were a year ago at this point, and we have an opportunity to make Saturday a record-setting day," said LSSE Director Heather Houston. "The fans and alumni from both schools have really gotten behind this game and are helping to make it a truly special event every year."

Tickets range in price from $15 to $35 and are available online at

or by calling the SFA Ticket Office at (800) 775-3358 or (936) 468-5225. End zone seats will be available for purchase over the phone for as low as $10 through Friday.

The Battle of the Piney Woods presented by dates back to 1923, making it the second oldest college football rivalry in the state of Texas. Sam Houston State holds a 48-35-2 edge in the series, although Stephen F. Austin has won the last two meetings. The teams moved the annual game to Houston's Reliant Stadium in 2010 in a partnership with Lone Star Sports & Entertainment.