- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) - Coastal Carolina fans have called an end run, taking their fight to expand the Chanticleer’s football stadium to South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

Local media outlets report an online petition has been launched asking Haley to intercede to get money for the expansion needed as Coastal moves to the Sun Belt Conference.

The petition went online on Wednesday and by Thursday night had 1,500 signatures.

The Commission on Higher Education has rejected money for the stadium expansion four times since February, most recently last week.

Coastal is moving to the Sun Belt in the Football Bowl Subdivision next year.

FBS schools must maintain an average attendance of 15,000. Coastal’s stadium now seats only 9,200 and the school wants to add 10,000 more seats at a cost of about $30 million.

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