DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire President Mark W. Huddleston has a crab feast riding on the outcome of the Oct. 3, 2009, football game between the UNH Wildcats and the Towson University Tigers when Towson President Robert Caret -- a UNH alum -accepted Huddleston's friendly Crustacean Challenge -- one dozen New Hampshire lobsters against a bushel of Maryland blue crabs.

The UNH D.C. Alumni Chapter and UNH Athletics are partnering to ensure UNH has a strong presence at the game, hosting a pre-game tailgating reception for Wildcat fans from 1-3 p.m. Kick-off is 3:30 p.m. Tickets to the game and pre-game reception are $25, which includes a ticket in the UNH seating area at Johnny Unitas Stadium, food, beverage and cash bar plus shuttle transportation to the stadium; $15 for tailgating only. Wildcat merchandise will be available at the UNH Alumni Association Marketplace and the Wildcat Marching Band will perform. 

A limited number of tickets are available to the pre-game reception, so fans are encouraged to take advantage of early registration. For more information, to purchase tickets and to register for the pre-game tailgating party visit http://www.alumni.unh.edu or call Lynn Smith at (603) 862-2040. A special hotel rate of $109 per night is available at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Baltimore North-Hunt Valley for anyone traveling. Call 877-898-1721 and ask for the special UNH group rate.

Fans will have the opportunity to participate in a raffle. Prizes include:

  • Overnight stay for two at the Washington, D.C. Ritz Carlton
  • Skybox at the D.C. Verizon Arena at one of the Washington Capitols Game
  • Signed UNH football jersey

You must be present at the pre-game tailgating reception to win these prizes. All prizes were donated by UNH alums -- Mike Hickey, '73; Elizabeth Mullins, '89; and Sean McDonnell, '78.

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