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Wildcat Wednesday - Thank You George Kalil
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 05, 2014
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We are happy to announce that long time men’s basketball supporter George Kalil has committed a $1 million gift to the McKale Center renovation project. This comes on the heels of a number of generous gifts that are assisting the athletics department in Phase I of the renovation plan. A bottler, entrepreneur, innovator and community leader, Kalil exemplifies the principle that local business, higher education and the community must support each other.

Kalil grew up in the family bottling business founded in 1948 and headquartered in Tucson. He became president in 1970, growing the business from net sales of $400,000 to over $200 million today. His honors include Beverage Industry Executive of the Year, Beverage World Hall of Fame, Arizona Retail Grocers’ Association Supplier of the Year and Arizona Small Business Person of the Year.

A strong supporter of Arizona Athletics and a charter member of the Tucson Fiesta Bowl Committee, Kalil is an avid follower of Arizona basketball, who has traveled with the team for 41 years.

If you would like to contribute to the McKale renovation project, please contact a member of our development team at (520) 621-2582.


I wanted to give everyone one last Wildcat Wednesday reminder about the football season tickets and Wildcat Club donation (including men’s basketball seating priority) early renewal deadline. It is this Friday, March 7 and it’s your last chance to renew (or add seats) with last year’s lower football ticket prices. Our football season ticket sales numbers are drastically up from this time last year (double from March 1, 2013). Thank you to everyone who has renewed so far. We really appreciate your support. Fans have definitely responded to the early renewal offer. If you haven’t renewed your football tickets yet, make sure you do so by this Friday. Click here to renew online or call 520-621-CATS (2287).


The 2012-13 Arizona Athletics annual report is now available on The annual report recaps our year as it relates to the five goals and principles we’ve laid out to achieve success as a department. There is academic information highlighting how well we’re doing in that area, followed by a note from compliance on how important it is to follow the rules.

We then cover a number of different ways our student-athletes have represented the department and the University in a first-class manner. There is a nice financial breakdown of how we manage the budget, highlighted by the fact that we operated in the black for the 28th consecutive year, and some direct costs for supporting student-athletes. We finished it off by highlighting some of our top performers during the 2012-13 year.

It’s an informative document that gives you a good look inside the athletics department and I urge everyone to click on the link above or the cover below and take a look.


Once again, our video team, the digital gurus, hit one out of the park on Monday when they released the ‘Arizona Speed’ video, addressing the proposed 10-second rule in college football, which you can watch below. It has reached over 100,000 views on You Tube and the video made its way to virtually every major sports outlet in America, including the Wall Street Journal. It falls right in line with one of the things we’ve been focusing on to promote Arizona Athletics locally, regionally and nationally, our digital content.

We’ve really increased our social media presence over the last two years, taking our Facebook likes from 24,000 to 76,000 and our Twitter followers from 10,000 to almost 30,000, and much of that is based on timely, exciting digital content like the video and graphics we’ve been producing. Our group has done an excellent job of capitalizing quickly on opportunities, whether in-game or postgame, with quick turnarounds that have put Arizona Athletics in, and sometimes driving, the conversation.

We also recognize the importance of innovative content and graphics in our stadiums and how that relates to the fan experience. We wrapped up our third year with the new video board in Arizona Stadium and we’re adding another auxiliary board in the northwest corner for next year. We added the new score board and new fascia boards in McKale during this season. We considered those items necessities to allow us to take advantage of the content we’re creating, while providing fans in attendance with a more engaging and exciting atmosphere.

I’ve been really pleased with our digital promotion team and I hope you are enjoying the content they’re creating as much as we are. It’s important in this day and age to take advantage of all avenues we can to spread the word about Arizona Athletics and I think we are and will continue to do that in the digital sector.


Another aspect of our content I’ve been excited about is the live streaming of our events. We invested in some equipment that now allows us to stream all home, ticketed events that aren’t being broadcast on television free of charge. To access events that are being streamed, just go to the appropriate sport’s schedule page and there will be a link to ‘Live Stream’ or ‘Live Event.’ Click on that link and you’ll have access to hours of live content. We think this is a huge benefit for our student-athletes, their families and the fans, so I hope you’ll take advantage of it.


As part of the McKale renovation plan, we’ll be installing all new seats in the arena and many have asked if the old seats will be available for purchase. Seats from McKale Center will not be sold as part of the renovation plan. The timing of the project and need to complete significant upgrades by August forced us to think efficiently in every aspect of the renovation plan. As it relates to the seats, we are proceeding with a plan to recycle as many seat parts and components as possible. This will allow us to earn recycling credit, while protecting the environment from discarded seats and associated materials.


There are still a lot of things to look forward to with this men’s basketball season, especially with postseason play starting up next week. That being said, we’ve had a lot of inquires about how to get 2014-15 men’s basketball season tickets. This season, 14 of 18 home games sold out. Thanks to this year’s success, plus the (soon to be) newly renovated McKale Center and a solid non-conference home schedule, demand should be even higher. The McKale Ticket Office is now taking requests for 2014-15 season tickets. You can get on the request list by clicking here or call 520-621-CATS (2287).


As your Pac-12 Champion men’s basketball team closes out the 2013-14 regular season in Oregon this weekend, we wanted to provide as much information as possible to our fans planning on traveling to Las Vegas for the 2014 Pac-12 Tournament. At last year’s tournament, Arizona fans were by far the loudest and most visible. We want to continue that tradition and build on it this year. If you’re headed to Las Vegas, thank you for your support, and if you’re still on the fence about going, we need you there. We’ve put together an informational page with all details including what to wear (WEAR RED), where to stay, where our pre-game events will be held, as well as more ticket options through the conference office. Click here to view all of that information and hopefully, we’ll see you all in Las Vegas.


For the first time since moving to Hi Corbett Field, baseball will host a multi-team tournament at home. The Hi Corbett Classic will feature three schools and six games between Friday, March 7 and Sunday, March 9. The Wildcats will play 2013 CWS finalist Mississippi State on Friday at 7 p.m., UC Santa Barbara on Saturday at 7 p.m. and then play both schools again in a doubleheader on Sunday (vs. UC Santa Barbara at noon and vs. Mississippi State at 5 p.m.). The complete Hi Corbett Classic schedule can be found on the baseball schedule page on For tickets, call 520-621-CATS (2287) or click here.


Last year, when we released a map of our Wildcat Club membership, it stirred up competition amongst our fans throughout the country. Our main goal is to have 12,000 Wildcat Club members by the end of June. In addition to that goal, there’s another milestone we’d like to reach. We want at least one Wildcat Club member in each state.

The potential is high for our student-athletes and our sports programs. Continued success is a group effort so we’re leaning on you, our fans, to join the Wildcat Movement by making a tax-deductible donation of $100 or more. You can even set up a monthly payment plan for as little as $9 per month to become a member.

We’ll send out an updated map in a few weeks but we wanted to outline our challenge. Help make the Wildcat Nation even stronger by painting the nation red and blue and becoming a Wildcat Club member today!


We’re going to start something new by offering our Wildcat Wednesday readers the opportunity to send in questions or suggest topics that you’d like addressed. I’m not expecting to be able to answer every question or address every topic, but we’ll do our best to pick out a couple items each week that seem most important to the readers and address them if possible. I think we can have some fun with this, while being able to share some important info with the fans. If you have something you think might make a good question or topic, please email it to


March is an exciting time of year for our men’s and women’s basketball programs. Soon the women will be in Seattle and the men will be in Las Vegas competing at the Pac-12 tournaments. I bring this up because there are many forms of gambling surrounding the men’s tournament in Las Vegas and both NCAA Championship tournaments. Each year, we remind our student-athletes and athletics department staff members that it is impermissible to wager anything of value on NCAA and professional sports. While filling out a bracket can be a fun experience to share with friends and family, it’s also important to remember in most places gambling is illegal. I encourage everyone to have fun but be responsible!


 set a school record with eight consecutive run-rule victories. Ranked No. 7 nationally, the Cats are off to a 20-1 start …Track & Field had four individual champions at the MPSF Indoor meet last weekend. Nick Ross won the high jump for the second time in his career, Alyssa Hasslen took the shot put, Lawi Lalang took the 5K and Jordan Young claimed the weight throw …Gymnastics’ Selynna Felix-Terrazas was named Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Week after securing an event win against UCLA on bars with a career-best 9.90 … Women’s Swimming & Diving earned a Territorial Cup by finishing higher at the Pac-12 Championships than our rivals.


Here is a look at this week’s Arizona Athletics events (Home events in BOLD). All times are listed as Mountain Standard Time. To purchase tickets for home events, click here. To access live stats from your desktop or mobile device, visit

All Day: Men’s Swimming at Pac-12 Championships (at Federal Way, Wash.)
3:30 p.m.: Women’s Basketball vs. USC (Pac-12 Tournament) (at Seattle, Wash.) (TV: Pac-12 Networks)

All Day: Men’s Swimming at Pac-12 Championships (at Federal Way, Wash.)
2:00 p.m.: Sand Volleyball vs. Arizona Christian
3:30 p.m.: Women’s Basketball vs. Arizona St. (Pac-12 Tournament) (at Seattle, Wash.) (TV: Pac-12 Networks)
4:00 p.m.: Softball vs. Michigan (Judi Garman Classic) (at Fullerton, Calif.)
6:30 p.m.: Softball vs. Wisconsin (Judi Garman Classic) (at Fullerton, Calif.)
7:00 p.m.: Baseball vs. Mississippi St. (Hi Corbett Classic) (Live Stream)

All Day: Men’s Swimming at Pac-12 Championships (at Federal Way, Wash.)
10:00 a.m.: Sand Volleyball vs. Grand Canyon
11:00 a.m.: Women’s Tennis at Seattle
2:00 p.m.: Men’s Basketball at Oregon (TV: CBS) (Radio: TuneIn)
4:00 p.m.: Softball at Cal State Fullerton (Judi Garman Classic) (at Fullerton, Calif.)
4:00 p.m.: Sand Volleyball vs. Arizona St.
7:00 p.m.: Baseball vs. UC Santa Barbara (Hi Corbett Classic) (Live Stream)
7:00 p.m.: Women’s Basketball vs. TBA (Pac-12 Tournament) (at Seattle, Wash.) (TV: Pac-12 Networks)
9:00 p.m.: Softball vs. Houston (Judi Garman Classic) (at Fullerton, Calif.)

11:00 a.m.: Women’s Tennis at Washington
11:30 a.m.: Softball vs. San Jose St. (Judi Garman Classic) (at Fullerton, Calif.)
12:00 p.m.: Baseball vs. UC Santa Barbara (Hi Corbett Classic) (Live Stream)
12:00 p.m.: Gymnastics vs. Oregon St. (TV: Pac-12 Networks)
5:00 p.m.: Baseball vs. Mississippi St. (Hi Corbett Classic) (Live Stream)
7:00 p.m.: Women’s Basketball vs. TBA (Pac-12 Tournament) (at Seattle, Wash.) (TV: ESPN)

12:00 p.m.: Men’s Tennis vs. Louisville

6:00 p.m.: Baseball vs. Air Force (Live Stream)

1:00 p.m.: Baseball vs. Air Force (Live Stream)


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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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