Sept. 13, 2010
Wildcat Walk (video)
TUCSON, Ariz. - Besides a thrilling 52-6 victory over The Citadel, last Saturday proved to be a highly successful day for the Arizona Football team and one it hopes to build on entering this weekend's showdown against No. 9 Iowa.
Before last Saturday's game, players and coaches were greeted with the inaugural "Wildcat Walk", which marked the birth of a new game day tradition in Tucson. Nearly 2,000 Wildcat fans welcomed the Wildcats as they marched from the UA mall down Cherry Avenue to the stadium two hours prior to kickoff. This week's Wildcat Walk is expected to draw an even larger turnout.
And for this week, all fans are encouraged to wear red to the game to help create an official "Red Out" atmosphere in Arizona Stadium. While red is the dominant color worn by Wildcat fans at all home contests, this week is not the one to choose an alternate color to wear on game day.
With the "Red Out", Pima Federal Credit Union will pass out 15,000 pom-poms to the ZonaZoo student section and the Circle K Red Zone. The white pom-poms will be used to contrast with the sea of red shirts covering the lower sections of Arizona Stadium on Saturday.
A crowd of 54,814 was on hand for the season opener last Saturday, with a capacity crowd expected this week. Only single seats and a limited number of pairs have been available over the last couple of weeks as the highly anticipated contest has drawn strong interest all summer long.
Head coach Mike Stoops and UA players were thrilled with the turnout of fans at last week's game, particularly for the first-ever Wildcat Walk. Players and coaches commented that they were excited to see so many fans welcome them to the game and carry over that energy to the stadium.
"It was exciting," Stoops continued, talking about the fans last week. "I think what you always want to do is create this environment of winning and involvement and understanding of how much difference they can make in a game."
"The Wildcat Walk was excellent," senior safety Joseph Perkins said. "I never knew how many fans are out there for tailgating. That was amazing to see."
While players and coaches will be busy throughout the week preparing for the Hawkeyes, they will certainly be interested in the atmosphere on Saturday. Stoops and the team hope to walk into one of the best game day environments ever at Arizona Stadium this weekend.
"We're going to need them this week," Stoops said. "And louder than ever."
Kick off is set for 7:30 p.m.