Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Wildcat Wednesday - AT&T U-VERSE ADDS PAC-12 NETWORK
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 11, 2013
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We received some great news over the weekend. AT&T U-verse joined more than 50 cable and satellite providers in carrying the Pac-12 Network. U-verse customers were able to see all of the Pac-12 Network programming last weekend and will be able to do so moving forward. Unfortunately, negotiations with DirecTV remain stalled, so we encourage you to make your voice heard by switching to a provider that carries the network. If you’d like to learn more about the cable and satellite providers who carry the Pac-12 Network in your area, click here. If you already have the Pac-12 Network but need help locating it on your cable system, this channel finder should help.


It’s important to me that we review and evaluate everything we do as an athletic department. We want to make sure we’re providing the best gameday experience possible for you, the fans. So, I wanted to highlight a couple of new things you’ll see this weekend at the football game. We’re going to add another feature similar to ‘Shout’ during one of the quarter breaks. I don’t want to give too much away, but you won’t want to miss Wilbur’s special outfit. We’re also going to have a chance to find out who is the best dancer in Arizona Stadium with the addition of the AT&T Dance Cam.

Not only do we want to evaluate what we’re doing but we want to make sure you know your voice is being heard. We received a number of notes and calls after the NAU game asking about an entrance video, and we’re happy to relay that there will be one this Saturday. Our video team does a great job and I’m sure you’ll like what they’ve put together.

One other item I’d like to address. We found out during the NAU game that our large concession cups won’t fit in the cup holders. That’s our fault and we apologize.


If you’re in the area this weekend, we need you at Arizona Stadium for the football game vs. UTSA. Tickets start at just $15 for adults and $11 for kids. In addition to these great prices, we’re offering Value Packs which are now available for purchase. A hot dog, soda and bag of peanuts or box of popcorn are included with each ticket. Value packs start at $18 and can be purchased online by
clicking here. It’s our last home game until the Oct. 19 Utah game. Take advantage of this special offer to experience gameday at Arizona Stadium.


One of the many benefits of our kids club, Club Arizona, presented by Hughes Federal Credit Union, is Club Arizona Day at our Arizona Athletics games. These days include a discounted ticket for members. This Saturday’s game vs. UTSA is the Club Arizona Day football game for 2013. Club Arizona members can receive $5 tickets with the purchase of a regular-price adult ticket. If your child is a member, you should have received an e-mail with instructions on how to purchase $5 tickets. If your child is not a member, there is still time to sign-up and take advantage of this special offer. There is no charge to join Club Arizona. Sign up for free by 
clicking here. Club Arizona day for Arizona soccer is Friday, Sept. 19 vs. Hawaii, and for Arizona volleyball, it is Sunday, Oct. 20 vs. USC. Tickets are just $1 for the Club Arizona Days at soccer and volleyball.


A reminder that all fans that have tickets to the UTSA football game have the opportunity to purchase ticket upgrades to the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility club seats. There are a limited amount of club seats available for purchase. Season ticket holders will have the first opportunity to upgrade starting Thursday morning. Upgrades will be available to the general public starting Friday morning. Visit on your iPhone or Android to purchase an upgrade. 


Another quick reminder about our partnership with Sun Tran that provides 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.


For our Phoenix-area fans, the Cat Cruiser remains available for all home games. The Cat Cruiser is a special service that provides bus transportation from The Valley to Arizona Stadium and back. There are three locations to choose where you want to hop on board for a ride. We hope you’ll take advantage of this service. If you’d like to utilize the service, a reservation must be made in advance. You can click here for details.


If you can’t listen to the game on radio at 1290 AM The Source or KHIT 107.5 FM, we want to make sure you are aware that there is another way to listen to Brian Jeffries and the rest of the Arizona IMG Sports Network during our football broadcasts. Our website provider, NeuLion, and TuneIn, an Internet radio system, have partnered to bring you these broadcasts whether you are in the stands, on the road or at home. The streams begin at air time of the pregame show and remain active through the conclusion of the postgame show. If you see a “stream not found” message, that just means the broadcast hasn’t come on air yet. It’s a great way to listen to the “Voice of the Wildcats” while cheering on the team. You can find the stream here or download the TuneIn app for your desktop, mobile or home devices.


The Bear Down Kitchen had its formal opening on Tuesday so we wanted to remind everyone that it is open to the public. I have had lunch there twice this week and the food is excellent. Members of the UA community and fans can join us Monday through Friday for breakfast and lunch. Breakfast is served from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and costs $8.50, while lunch is available from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and costs $12.50. The food service is all-you-can-eat. Bear Down Kitchen is located on the fourth level of the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility, enter through the lobby and up the stairwell to the right. We hope to see you there soon.


Two Thursdays ago, a group of Arizona administrators, donors and fans traveled up to Scottsdale for the Fiesta Bowl Kickoff Luncheon. It was an outstanding event with Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott and Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby in attendance to discuss the state of college football. Our group was fortunate to be joined by Fiesta Bowl executive director Robert Shelton, who previously served as UA President, as well as several alums from the Phoenix area. We especially want to recognize Karl and Stevie Eller for joining us. It was a great way to get the season started.

Front Row (L-R): Rocky LaRose, Robert Shelton, Karl and Stevie Eller

Back Row (L-R): Scott Shake, James Francis, Heath Bray, Bob Crum, Mike Glawe, Darrell Brooks, Michael and Casey Treadwell


With basketball season just around the corner, this is a good opportunity to remind our Wildcat Club members/donors and season ticket holders about the men’s basketball parking procedures.  As one of the annual giving benefits, men’s basketball season ticket holders who are Wildcat Club members at the Coaches level and above receive complimentary parking.  In addition, men’s basketball season ticket holders who are Wildcat Club members at the Bear Down level may purchase parking through Arizona Athletics. 

Here are a few important updates:

  • Our target date for parking and tickets to be mailed out is Oct. 7, 2013.
  • If you are a Red & Blue Wildcat Club member or not a member of the Wildcat Club, please contact Parking and Transportation regarding season parking at 520-626-7275.
  • As many of you have noticed, we have lost a number of parking spaces and multiple lots south of 6th Street.  This will cause possible shifting in allocated parking.
  • A new parking garage will be built south of 6th Street, which will provide more parking for the 2014-15 football and basketball seasons.

Please contact the Wildcat Club at 520-621-CLUB (2582) if you have any questions related to your donor benefits.


Women’s soccer remained undefeated last weekend and is now 3-0-3. This marks the deepest run into a season the team has gone without a loss in program history. They return to Tucson for the Arizona Cats Classic this weekend, where they’ll take on Southern Utah on Friday (7 p.m.) and Texas Tech on Sunday (1:30 p.m.) … 
In case you missed it, head volleyball coach David Rubio won his 400th match at Arizona on Saturday. Congratulations coach … The men’s golf team started its fall schedule this weekend and was led by Erik Oja, who tied for third place individually. His finish was highlighted by a one-under 71 on the renowned Spyglass Hill course on Saturday … Congratulations to cross country’s Kayla Beattie, a transfer from Iowa. She won her first race in the red and blue, helping the women’s team to a first-place finish at the George Kyte Classic in Flagstaff … If you want to catch the always entertaining Niya Butts, she’ll be the guest speaker at Bear Down Friday this week.


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Here is a look at this week’s Arizona Athletics events (Home events in BOLD):

8:00 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Northwestern (in Honolulu, Hawaii)

All Day: Women’s Tennis at Aggie Invitational (in Las Cruces, N.M.)
All Day: Men’s Tennis at Napa Valley Collegiate Invitational (in Napa, Calif.)
7:00 p.m.: Soccer vs. Southern Utah
8:00 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Portland St. (in Honolulu, Hawaii) 

All Day: Women’s Tennis at Aggie Invitational (in Las Cruces, N.M.)
All Day: Men’s Tennis at Napa Valley Collegiate Invitational (in Napa, Calif.)
7:30 p.m.: Football vs. UTSA (TV: Pac-12 Networks)
10:00 p.m.: Volleyball at Hawaii

All Day: Women’s Tennis at Aggie Invitational (in Las Cruces, N.M.)
All Day: Men’s Tennis at Napa Valley Collegiate Invitational (in Napa, Calif.)
7:30 a.m.: Men’s Golf at Golfweek Conference Challenge (in Burlington, Iowa)
1:30 p.m.: Soccer vs. Texas Tech

7:30 a.m.: Men’s Golf at Golfweek Conference Challenge (in Burlington, Iowa)

7:30 a.m.: Men’s Golf at Golfweek Conference Challenge (in Burlington, Iowa)

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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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