Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Wildcat Wednesday - PAYING TRIBUTE TO 19 HEROES
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: August 28, 2013
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As we move into a new year and the excitement builds for our programs, let’s make sure to remember the hard working men and women who help keep us safe on a daily basis. In doing so, both Arizona and NAU will wear the sticker below on their helmets to honor the 19 firefighters who lost their lives during the Yarnell fire on June 30. We want to thank them for their service and assure their families that their heroic acts will not be forgotten.


Last year, we were in the midst of upgrading Arizona Stadium and our football facilities, which we know presented some challenges on gameday, but with the opening of the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility, the construction is complete and traffic flow should be much more manageable during the 2013 campaign. Even so, with this being a Friday game and the home opener, we want to urge all fans attending to arrive early, join us for the Wildcat Walk two hours prior to kickoff and explore the new renovations. 

As a result of the construction, the navigation in and around Arizona Stadium has changed slightly, so we wanted to make you aware of some updated procedures, while providing a seating diagram to help show what gates and elevators are available for your use. To learn more, click here.


Some of the best experiences for our student-athletes come when they get involved in community service. We have a group of football players who are doing just that and have taken on a leadership role in an organization called Uplifting Athletes. It is a national nonprofit organization aligning college football with rare diseases. The University of Arizona chapter is an officially registered ASUA student club consisting of both student-athletes and general students. Each campus chapter includes student-athletes and general students. The Arizona chapter has chosen to serve as advocates for cystic fibrosis. 

“We feel an obligation and responsibility to use our place in the community for good,” said senior kicker Jake Smith, who is serving as chapter president. “Through our visits to the hospital, we were touched by a young man with cystic fibrosis. We felt the need to act and we would love to make a difference.”

Smith is joined by Kylan Butler and Jake Fischer in leadership roles, while there are a number of committee heads, but Smith said the goal is for the entire team to participate in some form. They’ll start with a Touchdown Pledge Fall Campaign, which aligns donations with the number of touchdowns scored throughout the season.

If you’d like to learn more about Uplifting Athletes or would like to get involved, visit the UA chapter’s website here.


I wanted to remind everyone attending our home football games that we have a text messaging system available to address any stadium or fan concerns. If you see or experience something while in the stadium that you feel needs to be addressed, text the word CATS to 69050 and explain the situation with as much detail as possible. We have personnel on stand-by to process these submissions and will do our best to address them quickly and efficiently.


While I’m on gameday transportation, please don’t forget that the Cat Cruiser is available this season for our Phoenix-area fans to get a ride to every home football game. Ride the spirited and convenient Cat Cruiser from the Valley to the gates of Arizona Stadium. Reserve your seat by calling 797-CATS. We hope you’ll take advantage of this service, but we do want to be up front. If the service isn’t used, we will be forced to discontinue it. So, if you’re planning on coming down for the games, think about the Cat Cruiser as an option for your transportation.


As a service to our fans, we’ve once again partnered with Sun Tran to provide charter service to and from home football games. An excellent alternative to on-campus parking, you can board the charter service at two locations, Hi Corbett Field or the Park & Ride lot at Arizona Pavilions. A round-trip fare is only $5 per person (children 5 and under ride free) with buses departing for the stadium two hours prior to kickoff. Return trips will start at the beginning of the fourth quarter and will run for about 45 minutes after the completion of each game.


As a new football season opens, this is a good time to remind everyone of our seatback policy for Arizona Stadium. Fans are allowed to bring personal seatbacks, but if they have armrests, pouches and/or cup holders that block the walkway, or are wider than a typical seat (about 18 inches), you may be asked to store your seatback for the game. There are comfortable seatbacks available for rent. You can rent them on a game-by-game basis at the stadium or reserve one for the season at Please be considerate of your fellow fans so everyone can have an enjoyable gameday experience.


Congratulations are in order for head coach 
Tony Amato and his soccer team. The Wildcats opened their season last week in Florida and were victorious in their first two matches, at FIU and FAU. Friday is the home opener against UC Riverside, 4:30 p.m. at Murphey Stadium (located off of Plumer and 15th). Our volleyball program will also host their home opener on Friday at the McKale Center versus Morgan State. The match will start at 1:30 p.m. Because these events both fall on a football gameday, there will be no charge for admission for both the soccer match and volleyball match. Come out and support these teams as you make your way to Arizona Stadium for Friday night’s football game. 


If you are a men’s and/or women’s basketball season ticket holder, you should have received a reminder e-mail about the approaching 
renewal deadlines. The men’s basketball deadline is Monday, Sept. 9, while the women’s basketball deadline is Friday, Sept. 13. Make sure to get your renewals in before the deadline to ensure you don’t lose your seats for upcoming season.

Men’s basketball season ticket deposits are still available, but they are going fast. Excitement and anticipation are going through the roof for this year’s men’s basketball season. We might need to cut off deposit sales soon as we’re running out of seats. Call the McKale Ticket Office (520-621-2287) today if you’re thinking about getting new men’s basketball season tickets this season.


All Wildcat Club members should have received their benefits packets associated with their tax-deductible donation to Arizona Athletics. Individuals who donated $100 or more last fiscal year received a packet containing important information about their Wildcat Club membership as well as their benefits, which may include items such as a window decal, luggage tag and parking. The items in your package are based on an individual’s giving level (total amount of giving including ticket priority on season tickets). All Wildcat Club members received a car window decal (pictured below). We ask that you place this decal on the outside of the left corner of your rear car window to show your Arizona Wildcat pride!

We hope this packet shows our appreciation of your commitment to our student-athletes’ success. Thank you to the more than 10,000 Wildcat Club members for investing in our student-athletes. If you have questions about your Wildcat Club benefits, please call 520-621-CLUB (2582). For more information on the Wildcat Club, visit


Continue to do what you can to help Arizona Athletics and:

    1.   Join the Wildcat Movement
    2.   Buy Season Tickets
    3.   Wear the Colors (Especially on Friday)
    4.   Get Others to do the Same

Bear Down with Pride,

Greg Byrne
Vice President for Athletics
The University of Arizona

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