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Game Week is Here and Fans Can Stay Connected

Nov 2, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah—Saturday's season-opening football game against Arizona represents a long-awaited opportunity for all Utah fans to cheer on their team, as the football program leads the way in the return to athletics competition for all of their fellow student-athletes, who will eventually experience their own return. The Utes will be missing the tremendous home crowd at Rice-Eccles Stadium where they have sold out 64 consecutive games, but Utah Athletics is working to ensure that Ute fans will stay connected with their team even with Pac-12 health and safety protocols that don't allow for fans to attend.
 
"We want to thank all of our fans for their patience, perseverance and support," said director of athletics Mark Harlan. "We would not be at this place without that support, and we are always so grateful for it, but especially now. The ability for us to be able to take care of our student-athletes, in an even more profound manner, has been because of the great support that our fans and donors have always put forth."
 
While the scene will be very different, the passion and fervor of Utes fans will not go unrecognized, and the Utes' steadfast determination to win a championship will be firmly in place as they open the 127th season in program history.
 
KICKOFF AT 1:30 P.M. MT – Utah (0-0) vs. Arizona (0-0)
TV: ESPN2
Radio: KALL ESPN 700 and the TuneIn App
 
FOLLOW THE UTES ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Whether the Utes are at home or away, fans can enhance their viewing and listening experience by following the team on social media.
Twitter: @Utah_Football  @utahathletics
Instagram: @utahfootball  @utahathletics
Facebook
Full Utah Athletics social media directory
 
FAN CUT-OUTS
Utah Athletics will recognize supporters with fan cutouts in the north end zone of Rice-Eccles Stadium. The 400 fan cutouts recognize some of the faces of the 336 who made donations to the #ReinvestInU campaign earlier this year to support student-athlete services and scholarships, as well as some former players and celebrities. Through the #ReinvestInU campaign donors generously committed $521,000 as tax-deductible donations and 73% of season ticket holders contributed in some fashion, totaling $15 million into Utah Athletics to support student-athletes.
 
AMBIENT CROWD NOISE
A controlled crowd noise will be executed during the course of the game at a level of 75 decibels, with allowance for intermittently increased levels in the event of big plays.
 
UTAH FOOTBALL VIRTUAL HUDDLE WILL CONNECT FANS WHILE CHERISHED TRADITIONS ON HOLD FOR 2020
Out of an abundance of caution considering the ongoing health pandemic, there will be no pregame Ute Walk this season, and no marching band, fireworks or cannon blast at Rice-Eccles Stadium. With no fans in the stands there also will be no pregame DJ, Spirit Squad or Swoop appearances.
 
To create that connection virtually, Utah Athletics is partnering with the University of Utah Alumni Association to bring a number of traditions and engagement pieces to fans and alumni in the form of the Utah Football Virtual Huddle, set to begin at 12:30 p.m. on Friday. Fans can participate in the Virtual Huddle online by going to the U Alumni YouTube Channel at that time. The Utah Football Virtual Huddle will feature an introductory address from President Ruth V. Watkins, appearances by the Utah Spirit Squad, The Muss, this week's "Super Fan" Chef Pete who will provide a "homegate" menu, and a Keys to the Game feature with Voice of the Utes Bill Riley and Scott Mitchell.
 
KEN GARFF PERFORMANCE CENTER AT RICE-ECCLES STADIUM CONSTRUCTION
Fans watching on TV will see up close the construction progress on the Ken Garff Performance Zone at Rice-Eccles Stadium—the $80 million expansion project that will enclose the south end zone, set to open in 2021. The previous south stands and the Spence Clark Football Center was demolished in August to accommodate the next phase of construction on the project, which began in early 2020. When complete, the Ken Garff Performance Zone at Rice-Eccles Stadium will increase capacity to more than 51,000 and offer premium seating and club spaces. For more information click here.
http://kengarffperformancezone.com
 
STAY SAFE WHILE YOU CHEER ON YOUR UTES
With no spectators able to be allowed in Pac-12 stadiums during the 2020 season, fans also may not tailgate or gather anywhere on campus. While we encourage our fans to passionately cheer on the Utes and engage with other fans virtually and on social media, we ask you to please adhere to appropriate health and safety guidelines to play a responsible role in curbing the spread of the coronavirus.
 
EINAR NIELSEN ROOF PROJECT
The TV audience may notice that Einar Nielsen Field House, immediately north of Rice-Eccles Stadium, is undergoing a roof project that has temporarily necessitated the removal of the recognizable "UTAH" lettering. The project will be complete in several months and the display of "UTAH" will return to the field house roof. More information can be found here.
 
We appreciate the patience and support of all our dedicated Utah Utes supporters, especially during these challenging times when we cannot gather together to cheer on the Utes. It is our hope that 2021 will bring a return to those memorable experienced in person.