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Game Week: What You Need to Know for Saturday’s Football Game

Oct 27, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY – A big Pac-12 South Division clash between the Utes and the UCLA Bruins on Saturday night will take on even more historical significance with the retirement of the No. 22 by the Utah Football program. The Utah program will permanently honor fallen teammates Ty Jordan and Aaron Lowe—the two most recent to wear No. 22—in a special ceremony between the first and second quarters.
 
The 8 p.m. contest also will be the team's annual Dark Mode game, with fans encouraged to wear black, consistent with the Utes wearing all-black uniforms and helmets.
 
Families attending the game also will have an opportunity for their kids to participate in trick-or-treating with complimentary candy available at all concession stands from the time gates open at 6 p.m. until 7 p.m., and in the Guardsman tailgate lot, at Guardsman Way and 500 South. Kids are encouraged to come to the game in their Halloween costumes and enjoy the trick-or-treating tradition while they cheer on the Utes.
 
From 6-7 p.m., all stadium-operated concession stands also will again offer 30 percent off all sales. To see locations and menus to plan your order before getting in line, please click here.
 
The Utes (4-3; 3-1 Pac-12) and Bruins (5-3; 3-2) battle in a contest that has major Pac-12 South implications, and will be nationally televised by ESPN. Fans are encouraged to enter the stadium early and be in their seats well before kickoff to welcome the Utes to the field under the roar of the home crowd in the electric atmosphere that has come to mark the game-day experience throughout the Utes' 67-game home sellout streak.
 
Ticket holders have embraced and successfully managed the new digital ticketing and parking procedures this season, and are encouraged to continue to download both passes to the wallet on their smartphone before leaving for the stadium. Further instructions are available at the link above, and in the sections below.
  
In accordance with state law, the University is not requiring attendees of University events to wear masks, or to prove vaccination status. However, consistent with the University's messaging, Utah Athletics is strongly encouraging fans to wear masks when attending games, in the interests of health and safety.

THE MUSS 20TH ANNIVERSARY
Throughout the 2021 season The MUSS is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The Mighty Utah Student Section, formed in 2002, will be recognized in several different ways during Saturday night's game, including a special video tribute and recognition of all former MUSS members in attendance.
 
PAC-12 AND UTAH TEAM UP FOR ZERO WASTE INITIATIVE
Utah Athletics is partnering with the Sustainability Office and the Pac-12 for its annual Zero Waste Challenge at Saturday's game in an effort to raise conservation awareness and spark action to help conserve water and reduce pollution and waste. Fans are encouraged to bring their own personal water bottle to cut back on plastic usage and leftover water. Team Green stickers will be awarded to fans who do bring their own water bottles. To learn more, click here.
 
STADIUM GATES
To speed entry into the stadium, the new entrance at Gate L on the southeast corner, off 500 South, is equipped with the largest number of ticket scanners to handle a high volume of traffic. All who park in campus lots—especially east and just northeast of the stadium—would benefit from traveling by foot to 500 South, walking west on the sidewalk and approaching Gate L from the southeast. All who park in the west lot, but sit in either the east or south stands, also would benefit from entering through Gate L. A parking map with walking routes identified can be found here. Gates open two hours before kickoff.
 
TRANSIT
In addition, rides on UTA buses, TRAX and FrontRunner trains are free for ticketholders by displaying a valid game ticket, including the new postgame bus service from the stadium to the Court House TRAX station. For more information please visit UTA.com.
 
GAMEDAY FAN INFORMATION
To help inform fans and provide the best experience possible, Utah Athletics has launched a Gameday Information page that covers the most important topics related to fans' experience attending Utah Football games. The page includes links to informational videos and other resources, including Utah Tickets and the Rice-Eccles Stadium website. It can be found here.
 
DIGITAL TICKETS AND PARKING
Tickets and parking will be scanned on game day using the ticket holder's mobile device. They also may be transferred to others via email. To ensure a successful experience with the new digital ticketing system, fans are encouraged to have their tickets and parking passes downloaded to their wallet on either iPhone or Android devices, and ready to present upon arrival at the parking lot and stadium gates to expedite the entry process. Step-by-step instructions for the process have been delivered to season ticket holders via email and may be accessed online by logging in to a season ticket holder's account and selecting "Manage Tickets" from the pull-down menu, under Tickets.
 
It is also recommended that fans plan to arrive early to allow extra time for the entry process. Those who are not equipped to utilize digital ticketing are encouraged to contact their ticket office representative at 801-581-8849 to learn about alternative solutions.
 
PARKING LOTS
New in 2021, parking lots open five hours before kickoff, with the exception of the Signature and tailgate lots, which open at 6 a.m. A parking map can be found here.
 
CASHLESS CONCESSIONS
To reduce touchpoints and increase efficiency with concessions sale, Rice-Eccles Stadium will introduce cashless concessions transactions at all stadium-operated concessions stands. All sales will be completed using either credit cards or mobile payment apps. Third-party vendors operating points-of-sale may allow cash transactions.
 
CLEAR BAG POLICY
Rice-Eccles Stadium will continue to utilize a clear-bag policy, and the stadium will introduce no-bag lines at all major gates to help expedite entry for those not bringing a bag into the stadium. Only clear bags, up to 12"x18", will be allowed inside the stadium. No bags, purses or duffels may be brought into the stadium.
 
@UtahGameDay TWITTER
The Utah Athletics department has created a designated Twitter account to disseminate real-time information to fans attending games, and to receive instant feedback to help solve issues, answer questions and improve fans' game-day experience. Please follow @UtahGameDay.