Athletics Director Greg Byrne's weekly email discussing Wildcat Athletics
March 20, 2013
VEGAS IS WILDCAT COUNTRY
To our passionate fan base who traveled to the Pac-12 Tournament, thank you! Coach Millerand the team were blown away from the support we received in Las Vegas. (And to those of you who were unable to join us, we appreciate you cheering on the Cats from wherever you watched or listened to the game.) It was amazing to have games not involving Arizona and hear the “U of A” chant take over the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Although we came up short of our ultimate goal of winning the conference tournament, another building block was solidly put in place for the strength and support of the University of Arizona. We want this to become a tradition. Mark your calendars now for March 2014.
NCAA TOURNAMENT INFO
We’re pleased with our draw for the 2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament. Salt Lake City is an excellent destination. Our staff is familiar with the area, it’s geographically close for fan travel and the University of Utah always does an outstanding job of hosting. As everyone probably knows, men’s basketball will play Belmont Thursday at 5:20 p.m. MDT (4:20 p.m. in Tucson). The game will be played at the Energy Solutions Arena and televised live on TNT.
We have sold out of our allotment of tickets but as of Wednesday morning, a limited amount of tickets are available through the Energy Solutions box office (800-888-8499). Bon Voyage Travel has packages available for those looking for assistance with travel and/or lodging. If you are going to be in Salt Lake City, make plans to join us for two special events hosted by our friends at the Alumni Association. All of this information can be found on our NCAA Tournament information page on ArizonaWildcats.com.
One last note about the games…if you’re attending, we’re asking all fans to wear red on Thursdayvs. Belmont and, should we advance, blue on Saturday vs. with the New Mexico/Harvard winner. Bear Down!
A-CLUB LETTERWINNERS UPDATE
Derek Earls, football letterwinner class of 2011, is back in his home town Waconia, Minn. He is currently training with WelleFast Elite Sports Training to stay in shape for football with his recent signing with the Green Bay Blizzard of the indoor football league. In the fall he volunteered with his high school football team to help teach the players and coaches some of the skills he acquired while playing at Arizona. “I met a lot of great people when I was at Arizona and left having a lot of new friends. It was an amazing experience.” Derek, best of luck with your new adventure and remember you will forever be a Wildcat! Bear Down!
CLUB ARIZONA – KID’s CORNER
Club Arizona has some exciting $1 days coming up in April for club members! Softball will take on UC Santa Barbara at the Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 6 at 6 p.m. Later that month, the Club Arizona baseball $1 day is scheduled for Sunday, April 28 when Arizona takes on Alabama State at 12 p.m. Make sure your family does not miss out on these opportunities to cheer on the Wildcats. Visitwww.clubarizona.organd or Facebook.com/ClubAZfor more information, fun games and activities for young Wildcat fans.
We’re just about a week away from our first spring football event – the Phoenix spring scrimmage. This is a great opportunity for our fans in the Phoenix area to get a look at the 2013 team. The practice is Friday, March 29 at 7 p.m. at Phoenix College. Parking and admission are free. Click here for more information… Deposits are now being accepted for 2013-14 men’s basketball season tickets in the non-priority areas. A $50 deposit ensures you the opportunity to purchase season tickets next year. Call 520-621-CATS (2287) or click here to request your 2013-14 tickets.
**Women’s swimming and diving starts their pursuit of a national title at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, held Thursday, Friday and Saturday. **Baseball will be in Eugene, Ore. for a three-game series with the Oregon Ducks. It will be the Wildcats first Pac-12 road trip of the season. Game times are 6 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and noon on Sunday. **Men’s tennis travels to Louisville to face the Cardinals on Saturday at 1 p.m. **Softball opens their Pac-12 season at Hillenbrand Stadium against Washington. They will play Saturday at 6 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. and Monday at 7:00 pm. Reserved tickets are sold out. GA tickets can be purchased by clicking here or calling 520-621-CATS (2287). **Gymnastics will compete at the 2013 Pac-12 Championships this Saturday in Corvallis, Ore. They will compete in Session I, which begins at 1:30 p.m. You will be able to watch the championships live on the Pac-12 Networks. **Women’s tennis will also be in the state of Oregon this weekend. The Wildcats face the Ducks in Eugene Sunday at 11 a.m.
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