Aug. 11, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. - The Arizona football team hosts one of its most highly-anticipated home schedules in program history, and the seven-game home slate will kickoff in style as the school hosts Public Safety Night at Arizona Stadium on September 11 against The Citadel.
The sponsor for the game - set for a 7 p.m. kickoff - is the U.S. Army, which will conduct a swearing in prior to the game followed by the singing of "America the Beautiful" and the national anthem. The event will honor public service men and women on an historic day in U.S. history, while Arizona coincidentally faces a military institution on the same day.
A special discount is available to all public service members, which includes military, law enforcement, fire-rescue and homeland security personnel. These individuals will receive a special "buy one, get one free" offer for selected sections at the game.
Tickets are limited for the offer, with a maximum of four paid adult tickets per person with a current active service ID. The ID must be presented when picking up the tickets, which will first go on sale on August 23. For more information, call 520-621-CATS or visit the McKale Ticket Office.
The announcement coincides with the football team's departure to Fort Huachuca, located approximately 60 miles southeast of Tucson. The relocation of football training camp to the U.S. Army post has become an annual tradition for Head Coach Mike Stoops' teams that started two years ago and has helped lead to consecutive bowl-appearance seasons.
"Our guys always look forward to those four days," Stoops said of the time on post. "It's a peaceful, kind of a tranquil place to work out. It's a little bit cooler, different environment. It's a great way to break up the monotony of camp that settles in at this point."
The trip, however, is about much more than football. The Wildcats interact daily with U.S. Army soldiers and personnel in an exchange of dramatically different lifestyles. They players also will spend two afternoons under the direction of soldiers at Leadership Reaction Courses and an EST 2000 Simulator, in addition to several motivation speeches by Army personnel.
"Interacting with the Army personnel is always fun for our guys who are intrigued by what they do in the Army," Stoops added. "I think it's really beneficial for our players to be with them. They enjoy their time down there."
The Wildcats depart for the installation this evening and will practice twice on Thursday and once on Friday. On Saturday, the team will host a public scrimmage at Buena High School in Sierra Vista, Ariz., and will return home on Sunday afternoon.
From there, the Wildcats will hold one more week of training camp in Tucson next week, capped by the annual Meet the Team Night in Arizona Stadium on August 21. Then, focus shifts as classes and game specific preparations begin on August 23. The season opener is on Sept. 3 at Toledo and then the Wildcats open at home a week later against The Citadel for Public Safety Night.