The Eagles will face four Mid-South Conference rivals ranked in the NAIA preseason coaches’ poll, which was released Monday.
Reinhardt will host the eighth-ranked University of the Cumberlands on Oct. 26, No. 9 Bethel on Sept. 28, No. 21 Belhaven on Oct. 19 and No. 25 Cumberland University on Nov. 9. Additionally, the Eagles will travel Sept. 14 to play Kentucky Christian, which fell short of the poll but garnered nine votes.
Not surprisingly, the first-year Reinhardt program did not receive any votes.
The Eagles will open their season against another new team, but one that plays at a different level. That comes Aug. 31 at Mercer, a member of the NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision.
With excitement in Macon surrounding Mercer’s football program returning following a 72-year absence, tickets to that first game sold out in less than half an hour, leaving no additional tickets for either teams’ fan bases.
In a release, Reinhardt athletic director Bill Popp said he would have loved for fans to be able to see the team’s first game in Macon, but that simply wasn’t possible.
“The simple fact of the matter is that Mercer sold about 6,000 tickets in 27 minutes,” Popp said. “Fans might have a chance to get a standing-room-only ticket, or something along those lines, through Mercer, but we honestly don’t have any tickets available in our office for the public.”
As for Reinhardt’s home games, while reserved tickets have sold out, general-admission tickets are still available for each of the Eagles’ five games at Ken White Field. Tickets purchased in advance are $10, while the price rises to $15 on the day of the game. Reinhardt students, faculty and staff can receive one free ticket per game.