Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday


If you’ve been on campus the last few days; teams practicing, students arriving and the Pride of Arizona working on its routine well after the sun goes down; you know it’s that time again. It’s the start of a new year, which means football season is right around the corner.

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 LSFF, the construction is complete and traffic flow should be much more manageable during the 2013 campaign. Pregame activities will be the same as in year’s past with tailgating on the mall and Wildcat Walk when the team arrives two hours prior to kickoff, but you’ll notice some differences as you make your way into Arizona Stadium.

The stadium has an upgraded navigation pattern thanks to the construction and new amenities that should make for an improved gameday experience. You’ll notice new entry points along the west side of the stadium that should increase traffic flow in and around the stadium. Elevators and stair wells in the northwest and northeast sections, which feed onto the concourse, make getting to and from your seat a much easier process.

Most prominently featured is the new north end zone lower-bowl seating and LSFF club seating, complete with concessions and restrooms, and the introduction of the luxurious Sands Club. Not only does the new addition beautify the stadium as a whole, but it now connects the east and west sides offering increased traffic flow.

Pay special attention when navigating the stadium as we again pay tribute to the state’s copper-mining history. The new northeast and northwest stairwells are copper-colored, which complement the copper elements on the south-side face of Arizona Stadium and the perimeter of the McKale Center. Another less visible tribute, but one with immense importance, is the addition of a copper-colored Bear Down stitched into the interior of our jerseys, located under the back collar.

As kickoff approaches, you’ll need to retrain your eyes as the team prepares to take the field. Instead of the customary entrance from the northwest corner of the stadium, the Wildcats will now hit the fresh, new FieldTurf from their entrance centered behind the north goal posts.

From there, the environment and energy comes from a combination of the play on the field and the emotion in the stands. Take advantage of the new additions and help us make Arizona Stadium one of the best atmospheres in college football.

See you Friday.


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