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Team: Stetson Hatters
Division: Division I FCS
Home Games: Spec Martin Stadium
Head Coach: Roger Hughes
Colors: Hunter Green and White
Rivals: Jacksonville Dolphins
Stetson Hatters Football TicketsThe Stetson Hatters represents Stetson University, which is located in Florida. The team plays in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision and is a member of the Pioneer Football League. The Hatters ran a strong football team for Stetson University from 1901 through 1956 when the school dropped the sport. In 2013, football was reinstated at Stetson University, and the Hatters picked back up their game under head coach Roger Hughes in the 6,000-seat Spec Martin Stadium. The first football games held in the state of Florida were a seven-game series between Stetson and Forbes in 1894. The team went on to claim six state titles and won the 1957 Tangerine Bowl against Arkansas State, 35-20. After a 57-year hiatus, Stetson Hatters came back strong with a 10-3 lead in their first game. The Hatters wrapped up the 2018 season with an 8-2 finish, came in second in the PFL and claimed their first winning record since reinstating the program. Catch the Hatters coming in strong through the 2019 season. Grab your Stetson Hatters football tickets at StubHub, the world's largest ticket marketplace.
Where do the Stetson Hatters play?The Spec Martin Stadium is home to the Stetson Hatters football games as well as the DeLand High School Bulldogs football team and the Central Florida Warriors rugby league team. Though Spec Martin Stadium held the Hatters games before the school decided to discontinue its football program in 1956, significant improvements were made to the building after the Hatters' reinstatement. The improvements included a new press box, new locker rooms and added handicapped and premium seating areas. In 1998, the Spec Martin Stadium was used as the filming location for The Waterboy, which starred Adam Sandler. In the film, the stadium stood in for the movie's fictional South Central Louisiana State Mud Dogs. Spec Martin Stadium also held the 2017 Rugby League World Cup qualifier match between Canada and Jamaica.
Who is the Stetson Hatters head coach?As head coach, Robert Hughes has been working to revive the Stetson Hatter football team after an over 50-year hiatus. Before taking on the challenging task, Hughes was the head coach for the Princeton University Tigers. His work with the Tigers ranked Hughes among those in consideration as a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award, which is given to the top head coach of the Division I FCS level.
Who is the Stetson Hatters biggest rival?The Stetson Hatters football team's biggest rival is the Jacksonville University Dolphins. Not only are the Jacksonville Dolphins also located in Florida, but they also compete in Division I FCS and are members of the Pioneer Football League, making the team the perfect opponent to create a natural rivalry among players and fans alike.
Who are some notable players from the Stetson Hatters?The Stetson Hatters have had several notable former players over the years. Keith Shamrock is the owner of Shamrock Homes in Lake County and was also bestowed the honor of the first coin toss for the first game after Stetson reinstated its football program. Former Hatters player Thomas Weightman became superintendent of schools in Pasco County. Alumni Donald Payne is the linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens. Stetson Hatter former player Donald Parham is the tight end for the Washington Redskins.
How is the tailgating scene at the Stetson Hatters football games?The tailgating scene at the Hatters games is truly out of this world. Enjoy a cold drink, great music, delicious food and even a game of corn hole with friends. You may even catch the chance to meet some of the Hatter players from before the hiatus!
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