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Cats Return Home to Possible Sell Out
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 10/16/2009
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Oct. 16, 2009

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TUCSON, Ariz. - When the Arizona Wildcats take the field at Arizona Stadium on Saturday, a sell-out crowd of 57,400 could welcome them back home for the first time in 35 days, marking the beginning of a three-game home stand.

Arizona officials said Friday morning that approximately 4,000 tickets remained available for the Family Weekend showdown against Stanford, which is set to kick off at 4:30 p.m. and be televised live by the Versus Network.

Fans looking to purchase tickets are encouraged to do so in advance of Saturday's game. Tickets can be purchased by phone or in person at the McKale Center Ticket Office through 5 p.m. on Friday. In addition to individual game tickets, a pair of new ticketing options remain available, including Pac-10 Mini Packs and Single Game 4-Packs. Tickets can always be purchased online through Arizona's official Web site.

"We're glad to be back at home," head coach Mike Stoops said earlier this week. "We've been on the road for over a month and we've had some long flights. Having our own fans in the stadium will be a welcomed change for us."

Saturday marks and end to UA's 35-day stretch between home games, the second-longest span between home games in the nation. The Wildcats opened the season with a pair of home games, winning both, and improved their record at home to an impressive 9-2 mark over the last 11 games.

Along with Family Weekend activities, Arizona will honor nearly 200 student-athletes for their academic accomplishments during the last year. In the 2008-09 academic year, 199 Wildcat student-athletes achieved a 3.0 or higher grade point average. Of that group, 17 earned 4.0 GPAs, including Jeremy Samoy (football), Jill Malina (softball), Justine Schluntz (swimming and diving), Danielle Steinberg (tennis) and Kendra Walworth (track and field), each of whom will be in attendance.

The Wildcats will also honor current Dallas Cowboys star Nick Folk, who recently had his name displayed on the Ring of Honor on the west side of the stadium. Folk, who was selected to the NFL Pro Bowl a year ago, starred for the Wildcats from 2003-2006, becoming one of the greatest place kickers in UA history.

Others with a vested interest in the outcome of Saturday's game include representatives from the Sun Bowl and Rose Bowl, who are making their initial stops in Tucson as bowl positions begin to take shape entering the second half of the college football regular season.

Arizona players and coaches wrapped up their game-specific practice preparations on Thursday evening, and will hold final meetings and a walk-through on Friday.

Head coach Mike Stoops and coordinators Mark Stoops and Sonny Dykes spent their lunch hour with the on-air television talent for Saturday's broadcast on Versus. Quarterback Nick Foles and linebacker Vuna Tuihalamaka also dropped in to give some players' perspective for the crew, which includes Ron Thulin (play-by-play), Kelly Stouffer (color analyst) and Lewis Johnson (sideline reporter).

"We have amazing fans," Foles said this week. "It's going to be fun to play in front of them. I'm really excited to make my first start at home. Hopefully we can create a lot of energy for the fans."

For the Wildcats, seeing a stadium full of their own fans will be much-welcomed as they begin a three-game homestand.

 

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