Sept. 1, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
As the 2010-11 academic year begins, the University of Wyoming Athletics Department is focusing on three guiding principles as its teams prepare to represent the state of Wyoming on and off the field of competition. Those three principles are Excellence, Pride, Tradition.
Fans will see those three words adorning new signage in and around UW's Athletic facilities this year. Along with this commitment by UW coaches, student-athletes and athletic department staff to focus on these three principles, they are also asking Cowboy and Cowgirl fans to focus on Five Points of Poke Pride to help create an atmosphere of excellence at UW sporting events.
The Five Points of Poke Pride are:
Wear Gold -- You help create an atmosphere that shows your "Pride" for Wyoming Athletics and provides a visual display of support for the Cowboys and Cowgirls.
Arrive Early -- When you arrive early you enjoy the overall experience of a gameday, including: pregame tailgating, Pepsi Tailgate Park, the Wyoming Athletics Legacy Wall and the Cowboy Walk, while at the same time helping avoid last minute rushes to find parking or to gain entrance to UW sporting venues.
Know Ragtime Cowboy Joe -- It is one of the great "Traditions" of University of Wyoming Athletics and is one of the great fight songs in all of college sports.
Respect the Game -- By showing respect for fellow Wyoming fans, opposing teams and their fans, and Cowboy and Cowgirl coaches and student-athletes you are respecting the game.
Support UW Through Season Tickets and the Cowboy Joe Club -- By donating to the Cowboy Joe Club, you are directly assisting in the funding of student-athlete scholarships, and by purchasing season tickets you are helping provide the best facilities and resources for the Cowboys and Cowgirls to achieve "Excellence" in their respective sports and in their chosen fields of study.
"We are excited about the start of another year of college athletics here at the University of Wyoming," said Tom Burman, UW Director of Athletics. "We enjoyed several highlights last year -- from the Cowboys' victory in the New Mexico Bowl to the successes of our wrestling, women's basketball, women's swimming and tennis teams to mention just a few. But this is a new year, and we are asking all members of our athletics department -- coaches, student-athletes and staff -- to re-commit themselves to achieving excellence, to taking pride in the way we represent this university and this state and to respect the great tradition that has been built by those who came before them.
"We also ask our fans to join in this commitment by wearing the school colors to games, involving themselves in our traditions and showing respect to visiting fans and teams.
"I want to thank all of our fans who have donated generously to Cowboy Joe and who have been loyal season ticket-holders through the years. We couldn't achieve anything without your generosity and support. We hope you will encourage your friends and family members to join in the fun and consider becoming a member of Cowboy Joe or buying season tickets. I hope to see you at many of our events this coming year, and Go Pokes."
The Wyoming Cowboy football team opens the 2010 season this coming Saturday, Sept. 4 versus Southern Utah in a game to kick off at 7:00 p.m. from War Memorial Stadium.
Parking lots will open up at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday. Alcohol will be allowed only in designated open-container parking lots beginning at Noon on Saturday. Those designated open-container permissible lots are the Ford Stadium Lot, AA lot, Brown lot, H lot, IPF lot and X lot.
The first event of the day on Saturday will be the 10th Annual Wyoming Buddy Walk benefitting the Wyoming Down Syndrome Association. It will be held at Washington Park in Laramie beginning at 2:00 p.m. For more information or to register go to www.WYDSA.org or call (307) 742-6641.
At 4:30 p.m., two and one-half hours prior to kickoff, fans are invited to participate in the Cowboy Walk as the football team will walk from the Hilton Garden Inn through the Ford Stadium Lot to the Rochelle Athletics Center.
Also at 4:30 p.m., Pepsi Tailgate Park will open on the southwest corner of War Memorial Stadium.
Gates to the stadium will open two (2) hours prior to kickoff or 5:00 p.m. for Saturday's season opener.
Rally towels will be given out to the first 5,000 fans through the gates on Saturday. Rally towels will be available at all entrances to the stadium.
As fans enter War Memorial Stadium on Saturday, they are encouraged to view the new Wildcatter Energy Room at the new Main Entrance on the east side of the stadium. The room honors the energy industry in Wyoming.
Once inside the stadium, fans will have a new resource for information as the UW Athletics Ticket Office will have an Advance Ticket Sales Information Cabin located near the northwest corner of the stadium in the circle drive just north of the "Boot".
The day will conclude with a fireworks display about 10 minutes after conclusion of Wyoming's game versus Southern Utah. The fireworks will be shot off just north of War Memorial Stadium and should be easily visible from the stadium.
To purchase tickets or to get answers to your ticketing questions, fans my go online at www.WyomingAthletics.com or call the UW Athletics Ticket Office at 877-WYO-FAN1 or 307-766-4850.