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Wildcat Wednesday - McKale Renovations Set To Begin
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Release: 04/09/2014
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MCKALE RENOVATIONS SET TO BEGIN ON APRIL 12

We’ve spoken to you about our plans to renovate McKale Center, and this week, we were able to complete the approval process, allowing us to begin the actual renovations. We met with the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) towards the end of last week and received its approval. On Tuesday, we appeared in front of the Joint Committee on Capital Review (JCCR), which makes recommendations to the Legislature regarding state expenditures for land, buildings and improvements, and they granted us permission to move forward with the project.

As a result, the McKale renovation project will commence this Saturday, April 12. We want to thank those bodies for working with us through the process and certainly want to recognize President Hart and all she’s done in supporting the athletics department. I also feel like I need to recognize Cole and Jeannie Davis for their lead gift and all of the other generous members of our fan base who have contributed to this project.

As we progress, the renovation project must be conducted in a safe environment. So, the entire McKale arena bowl and the upper outside arena concourses and doors will be closed from April 12 through the middle of November. Public access to offices and for fall events will be through the south-end doors, adjacent to the McKale Ticket Office.

Our staff has been working tirelessly to make this plan a reality and now we’re just days away from getting started, but our work is only beginning. If you’re interested in contributing to our McKale Renovation project, please contact a member of our development team at (520) 621-6600. I’m so excited to see how the renovations turn out and I can’t wait for each and every one of you to get a chance to enjoy the benefits this renovation will offer.

TICKET TO SUCCESS TOUR UNDERWAY

We had a blast kicking off our Ticket to Success Tour last Thursday with the folks at Simpleview. A group from the athletics department sat in on their monthly staff meeting and I was able to present to the group on our goal of partnering with the Tucson community to help fill Arizona Stadium for every home football game. We really enjoyed meeting with their staff and answering their questions. I want to send a special thanks to Simpleview for having us and I hope we’ll see some, if not all, of you at our football games this fall.

We’re looking forward to visiting a number of businesses and organizations throughout the Tucson community in the coming months. Please let us know if you would be interested in having our Ticket to Success Tour visit with your staff, team, members, etc. E-mail bchulick@arizona.edu or call (520) 621-3547 to learn more about this initiative and/or to schedule a visit.

Caption: Me with Simpleview staffers Greg Evans, Ryan George and Torrie Grammar

SUPER WILDCAT WEEKEND IS HERE

It is going to be a busy and fun week around campus. We’re excited for what we hope will be the first of many Super Wildcat Weekends. We’re doing this to give our fans, alumni and letterwinners a sort of spring homecoming, one last big weekend for the 2013-14 season full of multiple events. It starts this Thursday with day one of track and field’s Jim Click Shootout, then Movie Night at Arizona Stadium. We’ll be showing “Remember the Titans” on the big screen.Baseball has a three-game series against the defending CWS champions, UCLA, which starts Friday, April 11. There is a special Super Wildcat Weekend ticket package that gets you tickets to all three baseball games for only $15. Clickhere to buy.

The main event of Super Wildcat Weekend is the spring football game on Saturday, April 12. We’re excited to once again have the ability to host the spring game in Arizona Stadium (first time since 2011 due to the Lowell-Stevens construction). Gates 1 and 2 open at 11 a.m. and the action starts with the A-Club Celebrity Flag Football Game at 11:15 a.m. The spring game starts at 1 p.m. and it will last approximately two hours. We put together an online spring game fan guide with information on seating areas, parking, concessions and more. Click here to check it out.

Spring Fling will be occurring at the same time as Super Wildcat Weekend, so make sure you plan to arrive early to find the best parking spots. For a complete rundown of Super Wildcat Weekend, visit ArizonaWildcats.com/SWW.

CALLING ALL A-CLUB LETTERWINNERS

Arizona Athletics and the A-Club Letterwinners Association are excited to invite all alumni student-athletes to participate in the inaugural Super Wildcat Weekend festivities. One of our goals is to engage all of our alumni student-athletes. There are several exclusive events and activities planned for our letterwinners. By now, you should have received your Super Wildcat Weekend invitation in the mail. If you have not received your invitation, you can find a copy of the invitation on the A-Club website by clicking here.

To make this inaugural Super Wildcat Weekend a huge success, we need all letterwinners to RSVP for the events they plan on attending during the weekend. Please mail or submit your RSVP form as soon as possible.

For you to receive the various complimentary tickets and discounted rates, you must be an active A-Club member. To activate your FREE A-Club membership, please visit www.azaclub.com and complete the online membership form before returning your RSVP. If you do not have access to a computer or question whether or not you are an Active A-Club member, please call (520) 621-0881 or email letterwinners@arizona.edu.

If you have any questions regarding your A-Club membership, please contact the A-Club office at (520) 621-9272. If you have any questions regarding the Super Wildcat Weekend festivities, please contact the Special Events Office at (520) 621-2331. We look forward to seeing you!

RENEWAL DEADLINE QUICKLY APPROACHING

I wanted to give everyone a reminder about the football season tickets and Wildcat Club donation (including men’s basketball seating priority) renewal deadline of Thursday, May 1. Our football season ticket renewals and sales numbers are drastically up from this time last year, but we need to keep pushing forward with the goal of filling Arizona Stadium for each of our seven home games in 2014. Thank you to everyone who has renewed so far. We really appreciate your support. If you haven’t renewed your football tickets and/or Wildcat Club donation yet, make sure you do so by Thursday, May 1. Click here to renew online or call 520-621-CATS (2287).

CATS IN THE COMMUNITY

As the school year is beginning to come to a close, the student-athletes have not forgotten about the importance of community service and giving back to our Tucson community. The volleyball team has been busy the last couple of months doing school visits on February 19, 26, March 5, 12 and 26. Traveling to the schools that came out to different practices and their games, these young ladies have stressed the importance of staying active, getting good grades and making sure you eat right. In addition, softball freshman, Michelle Floyd, paid a visit to Rincon Vista before their AIMS Testing to encourage the students to always give 110%. Thank you to all the student-athletes that are continuing to give back. Bear Down!

ASK THE ATHLETICS DIRECTOR

We’re collecting questions and topics to address in Wildcat Wednesday and we’d like to encourage everyone to continue sending items. We don’t expect to be able to answer every question or address every topic, but we’ll do our best to pick items that seem most important to the readers and write about them in the space above. If you have something you think might make a good question or topic, please email it to uofaad@arizona.edu.

COMPLIANCE CORNER

Next Wednesday is the final National Letter of Intent (NLI) signing period for athletic programs that had an early signing period last November. There are a number of prospects that will sign during this April signing period because of the nature of certain sports and the recruiting process. It’s an exciting time for the department because we get closer to having a good picture of our entire recruiting class for the 2014-15 academic year. Once the spring commencement passes, it is then permissible for these newcomers to report to campus and begin summer classes and start acclimating to college life as a student-athlete.

ARIZONA NUGGETS

Gymnastics concluded its season with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Regionals. Shelby Edwards produced the second-highest meet score on vault with a 9.925 and All-American Kristin Klarenbach earned her ninth 9.900 on floor exercise this season … Track & Field’s Kate Penney posted a 4:20.32 in the 1,500 meters, the sixth-best mark in school history, at the Arizona-Oregon dual meet … Wanasa Zhou of Women’s Golf posted an eighth-place finish (-2) at the PING/ASU Invitational, her second top-10 finish and her third time as UA’s top finisher this season.

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

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 ArizonaLiveStats.com.

Thursday
All Day: Track & Field hosts Jim Click Shootout

Friday
All Day: Track & Field hosts Jim Click Shootout
1:00 p.m.: Men’s Tennis vs. USC
1:30 p.m.: Women’s Tennis at UCLA
3:00 p.m.: Softball at California (TV: Pac-12 Networks)
7:00 p.m.: Baseball vs. UCLA (TV: Pac-12 Networks) (Live Audio)

Saturday
All Day: Track & Field hosts Jim Click Shootout
11:00 a.m.: Sand Volleyball vs. Pepperdine (at Los Angeles, Calif.)
12:00 p.m.: Women’s Tennis at USC
1:00 p.m.: Football Spring Game (TV: Pac-12 Arizona)
1:00 p.m.: Sand Volleyball vs. Hawaii (at Los Angeles, Calif.)
1:00 p.m.: Softball at California
3:00 p.m.: Sand Volleyball vs. Cal State Bakersfield (at Los Angeles, Calif.)
7:00 p.m.: Baseball vs. UCLA (TV: ESPNU) (Live Audio)

Sunday
9:00 a.m.: Sand Volleyball at USA Invitational Pair Tournament (at Los Angeles, Calif.)
12:00 p.m.: Softball at California (TV: Pac-12 Networks)
12:00 p.m.: Men’s Tennis vs. UCLA
4:00 p.m.: Baseball vs. UCLA (TV: 
Pac-12 Networks) (Live Audio)

Monday
All Day: Women’s Golf at Silverado Showdown (at Napa, Calif.)

Tuesday
All Day: Women’s Golf at Silverado Showdown (at Napa, Calif.)

Wednesday
No Events Scheduled

WEAR THE COLORS – SHARE THE PHOTOS

Thank you for wearing the colors and sharing your Arizona pride! If your photo submission did not make this week’s edition of the Wildcat Wednesday, please check our “Wildcat Wednesday” album at facebook.com/ArizonaAthletics.

NOTE: Please submit photos for Wildcat Wednesday with an original email to uofaad@arizona.edu using the subject line ‘Wildcat Wednesday photo.’ Also, please ensure all submissions are clear and properly lit. We also ask that you identify everyone in the photo so we can highlight them accordingly.

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
uofaad@arizona.edu

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