Waco, Texas –
In its first year of play at the new
$260m riverfront Baylor Stadium, coach Art Briles' Bears will host
long-time rival TCU, Kansas, Oklahoma State and Kansas State in Big 12
play according to the 2014 league slate released by the conference
office on Tuesday.
Baylor will open its 2014 Big 12 schedule with back-to-back road games at Iowa State (Sept. 27) and Texas (Oct. 4) before returning home to host TCU in the first-ever Big 12 Conference game at Baylor Stadium on Oct. 11. Following an Oct. 18 trip to Morgantown, W. Va., for a match-up against West Virginia, the Bears will enjoy a bye on Oct. 25.
November begins with a visit by Kansas on Nov. 1 for Homecoming and a road game at Oklahoma (Nov. 8) before BU's second bye on Nov. 15. The Bears then play two of their final three games at Baylor Stadium, Nov. 22 vs. Oklahoma State and Dec. 6 vs. Kansas State, sandwiched around the Nov. 29 Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Shootout against Texas Tech at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Baylor's 2014 non-conference schedule, released previously, includes home games against SMU (Aug. 31) and Northwestern State (Sept. 6) as well as a Sept. 13 game at Buffalo. All 12 dates are subject to change based on requests received from the Big 12's television partners or other factors.
In addition to releasing the 2014 Big 12 schedule and establishing the school's annual Homecoming date, the athletic department has also set its 2014 football season ticket and option prices for Baylor Stadium.
The new Baylor Stadium will feature three types of seats for fans to choose from—chair backs, bench with backs and traditional bench seating. All chair back season tickets will be priced at $300 each, while all bench with back season tickets will cost $250 each and all bench season tickets will cost $200 each. Seat options in Baylor Bear Foundation premium areas, with the exception of the sold-out founder's suites, premium suites, loge boxes and Bear Heights Club area, will range in price from $50 to $1,000 per seat, based on location within the stadium.
"Our goal is to keep Baylor football affordable for all of our fans," said Baylor Executive Associate A.D./External Affairs Nick Joos. "Our staff continues to work very hard to make our ticket holders transition from Floyd Casey Stadium to Baylor Stadium as smooth as possible, and we will begin communicating our plan to our donors and season ticket holders in the weeks ahead."
With a school-record 24,227 season tickets sold for the 64th and final season of play at Floyd Casey Stadium, it is anticipated that Baylor Stadium will sell-out on a season ticket basis next fall. As a reminder, 2013 Bear Foundation football season ticket holders as well as those fans who are not Bear Foundation members but hold 2013 season tickets will be seated first, with that process expected to begin in February 2014.
Baylor fans who are not current season ticket holders at Floyd Casey Stadium but desire to purchase 2014 season football tickets, are urged to join the Bear Foundation before Nov. 22 to give them the best opportunity to purchase tickets in the new stadium. The ranking for seat selection among all Bear Foundation members will be based upon a member's ranking within the Foundation as of Nov. 22. New Bear Foundation members who do not have 2013 season tickets will be seated at Baylor Stadium in group three, behind those with 2013 season tickets, and any remaining season tickets, if any, would then be available for purchase after the third group has been seated.
Baylor, which is ranked No. 5 in the AP and coaches' top 25 polls and No. 6 in the BCS standings this week, returns to action when it hosts No. 10 Oklahoma at 6:30 p.m. CT Thursday at Floyd Casey Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on FS1, and the Bears are expecting one of the largest crowds in program history. Fans are encouraged to join the team in wearing black at the game and to spread the word by using #EveryoneInBlack on social media.
In its 64th and final season of play at Floyd Casey Stadium, Baylor has averaged 43,875 fans for its first five home games of the 2013 season, which is more than 2,500 ahead of the 2011 school-record average of 41,368. With the OU game being declared a sell-out earlier today, except for seats being held for Baylor students, and all seats, including 3,500 in the south end zone area, sold for the Dec. 7 finale against Texas, Baylor is assured of breaking both its per-game and total home attendance records in the final season of play at The Case.
The Oklahoma game will mark only the 11th time both Baylor and its opponent have been ranked in The Associated Press Top 25 at kick off for a game played in Waco, the last of which came in 2011 when the 25th-ranked Bears beat the fifth-ranked Sooners, 45-38. All-time, Baylor is 5-5 when ranked and hosting a rated opponent in Waco.