The Ragin Cajun football team is headed to the New Orleans bowl on December 22nd. And ticket sales have exceeded last year's, which is helping the future plans of the university's athletics department.
And there are big plans for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. At the beginning of the year, the master facilities plan will be finalized and will bring the athletics department to the next level.
Ken Winstead, the senior associate director of athletics says the good news is, over the last few years their budget has grown from $10 million to $15 million.
"The bad news is, we've still got a long way to go," said Winstead. "To be on the national stage, we need to have a $20 million plus operating budget."
This year, 12,000 season tickets were purchased, which will help fund the planned facility expansion.
And Winstead thinks it will only get better, as the Ragin Cajun football team heads to the New Orleans bowl for the second year in a row.
"The bowl game is not only a reward for our football players, but for our fans because our fans have worked hard to double our season ticket base," said Winstead.
Currently, Cajun Field has around 31,000 seats. But with this plan, that could expand greatly and include premium seats and suites. But Winstead is being tight lipped about the master plans. He says he wants it to be a big surprise for fans.
"T can promise you, there will be opportunities for fans to purchase premium seats via stadium club like you see at other schools," said Winstead. "But, I'm not going to go beyond that because it's still in the final stages."