Since the agenda was unveiled, several rumors have been swirling about campus, specifically regarding the football team. The most common notion is that Merrimack’s football program will be cut instead of moving to Division I, and with good reason.
After all, President Hopey was a member of Northeastern University’s administration when their football program was cut in 2009. In addition, the rumor stated, Division I football required a state-of-the-art stadium with roughly 30 times the capacity of Lawler Arena, the highest volume attendance area on campus. With a lack of space and a campus surrounded by neighboring communities and state-protected wetlands, the concept of a football stadium seemed inconceivable.