30 FOR 30: ARIZONA FOOTBALL
30 FOR 30: THE ARIZONA STADIUM EXPERIENCE
What if we told you we're close to having 30,000 football season ticket holders entering the 2014 season? Would you help us reach the mark?
What if we said you could be at all seven home games for as low as $99? Would your interest grow?
What if you could bring your kids (12 and under) to all seven home games for as low as $50? Would you give them the chance to see some of the nation's top student-athletes?
Arizona football is on the rise. The Wildcats have posted consecutive eight-win seasons for the first time since 2008-09. They also won consecutive bowl games for the first time since 1997-98. Head coach Rich Rodriguez and everyone involved with Arizona football are building something special.
Already, a tremendous number of Wildcat fans have decided to #BeThe1 and help the program take it to the next level. Now we need you!!
Our goal is to reach 30,000 season ticket holders in the 30 days leading up to the UNLV game on Friday, Aug. 29. With your help, we believe we can do it. Show your Wildcat Pride, make a difference and #BeThe1. The time is now!!
Auxiliary Video Board
New for 2014, Arizona Athletics has installed an auxiliary video board in the northwest corner of Arizona Stadium to complement the main video board in the south end. The screen, which is ready for the season opener versus UNLV on Aug. 29, measures 36 feet by 20 feet.
Cellular DAS Technology
To help improve cell phone service in Arizona Stadium, Arizona Athletics has added a distributed antenna system (DAS), which includes the latest cellular technology and is expected to greatly improve cellular service on game days. The project includes 332 antennas spread around the stadium, including the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility, producing 20 sectors, each with the capacity equivalent of one cell tower. As a comparison, prior to this upgrade, cell users were in range of only 3-5 sectors maximum, none of which were designed to support the capacity or density the stadium environment produces.
These new additions are also easily upgradable to stay up-to-speed with emerging technologies. Two major carriers are already on board with the project and we expect this to be fully functional at the start of the season, which should improve connectivity for web browsing and social media interaction. To be clear, this is a significant upgrade in cellular service, but does not include WiFi.
Lowell-Stevens Football Facility
The Lowell-Stevens Football Facility opened to the public in August 2013 and is the centerpiece of the Arizona football program. Supported by private funds including significant lead gifts from David and Edith Lowell and Jeff and Sharon Stevens, the $72.3 million project provides the Wildcats with one of the premier football facilities in the nation.
The structure encloses the north end of the stadium and creates a full bowl with nearly 4,000 premium spectator seats, including a donor lounge with outdoor seating. Additionally, stairways and elevator towers for the concourse connect the structure to the existing east and west stadium sections. Restrooms, amenity areas and a cafeteria also serve fans, campus and the community.
Arizona Stadium Video Board
Prior to the 2011 football season, Arizona Athletics unveiled what Director of Athletics Greg Byrne called 'a game-changer,' a brand new, state-of-the-art video board in the south end of Arizona Stadium. The 47-feet tall, 112-feet wide, 5,356 square-foot mega-board is one of the largest in college football and is used to enhance the gameday experience around Arizona's home football games.
As part of the total $7 million investment in technology upgrades for the video board and HD control room, a new sound system was added. This sound system is now housed in the outside edges of the video board and helps keep the stadium sound inside the bowl for a louder and more exciting environment. The previous sound system was perched on the roof of the pressbox and much of its sound used to spill into the surrounding neighborhoods.