March 3, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming fans will have the opportunity to see some great college football in 2011 as the Wyoming Cowboys will play host to six home contests, including the first-ever appearance by new Big Ten member Nebraska in Wyoming's War Memorial Stadium and an appearance by last year's Rose Bowl Champion TCU Horned Frogs in Laramie.
Wyoming will open the 2011 season at home versus Weber State on Sept. 3. The Cowboys will play at home three times during the month of September, including a Sept. 10 date with Texas State and the highly-anticipated meeting with Nebraska on Sept. 24. The other three home games on Wyoming's schedule will be Mountain West Conference matchups versus UNLV on Oct. 15, the final MWC meeting with the TCU Horned Frogs on Nov. 5 and a conference matchup versus New Mexico on Nov. 19.
The Mountain West Conference decided to release the 2011 football schedule on Thursday to allow MWC fans to make preliminary plans for the upcoming football season. The exact game times and television coverage of all games will be released at a later date by the Mountain West and its television partners. A select few game dates may be moved from Saturdays to Thursday nights to accommodate television coverage, so fans should be aware that the dates for a limited number of games conference-wide may still change when the 2011 television package is released later this spring.
Wyoming and Nebraska have played five previous times in the two schools' histories, with all five previous meetings coming in Lincoln, Neb. The last meeting between the Cowboys and Huskers was in 1994, when Wyoming nearly pulled the upset of the Huskers before losing by a score of 32-42. Nebraska went on to win the National Championship that season.
TCU ended the 2010 season ranked No. 2 in both the Associated Press media poll and the USA Today Coaches' poll. The Horned Frogs of course defeated Wisconsin, 21-19, in the Rose Bowl to conclude last season. This will be TCU's final season in the Mountain West.
Wyoming's road schedule will include non-conference trips to Bowling Green (Sept. 17) and Utah State (Oct. 8). Mountain West Conference road games will feature two Front Range games versus Air Force (Nov. 12) and Colorado State (Dec. 3) and trips to San Diego State (Oct. 29) and Boise State (Nov. 26).
The "Border War" game against Colorado State will be played in the month of December for the first time in the century-old series. This year's meeting will be the 103rd meeting between the Cowboys and Rams.
"I like the way the schedule lines up," said third-year head coach Dave Christensen. "We have two byes, which come at good times in the season -- one right after the Nebraska game and then the second bye comes right before we start the second half of the season.
" I'm pleased that for most of the season we don't have to play on the road in consecutive weeks, other than the final two games of the season at Boise State and at Colorado State. I really do like the way the games fall, and I think it might be the best schedule since we've been here."
In addition to playing in one of the strongest football conferences in the nation -- the Mountain West -- Wyoming continues to schedule many of the most prominent, non-conference opponents in college football.
"Without a doubt, the game that has Wyoming fans excited is the Nebraska game on Sept. 24," said UW Athletics Director Tom Burman. "I know Cowboy fans have been talking to me about this game for months, and we are very pleased to be able to bring the University of Nebraska to Laramie for the first time ever.
"I feel that this schedule has a good balance. It offers great games for our fans, a nice blend of regional teams with Nebraska, Utah State and Weber State, and I believe will give our team a chance to play a very competitive schedule."
The only way for fans to make sure they get a ticket to the Wyoming-Nebraska game is to purchase a season ticket for the 2011 season. Season tickets went on sale Monday, Feb. 28. Renewals were also mailed to 2010 UW season-ticket holders on Feb. 28.
The cost of renewing a season ticket for the 2011 Wyoming Football season for fans who purchased season tickets in 2010 is $175 per season ticket, which is a discount of $20 off the regular price. The 2011 season-ticket price for new (non-renewal) season tickets is $195 per season ticket. A season ticket guarantees a ticket to all six Wyoming home games in 2011, including the Nebraska game. Exact season-ticket seat locations will be based on the purchaser's 2011 Cowboy Joe Club giving level and/or priority-point total. Fans who already made a $100 deposit through UW Athletics for 2011 season tickets will be invoiced for their remaining balance on Feb. 28.
UW faculty and staff members renewing season tickets from 2010 will pay $148 each for 2011 season tickets. The price for UW faculty and staff members who are purchasing new season tickets will be $165 each. Fans may also purchase a season-ticket Family Plan. Each season ticket in a Family Plan sells for $125 with a required minimum purchase of four tickets for a total of $500 for a Family Plan of four season tickets. Family Plans include two adult tickets, two youth tickets (ages 3-18) and are limited to Sections 28 and HH.
Wyoming fans are encouraged to renew their season tickets online at www.WyomingAthletics.com. One of the best incentives for renewing online is a great offer from the Cowboy Joe Club. The CJC is offering members five priority points for renewing online.
After season-ticket renewals and new season-ticket purchases have been completed, only then would single-game tickets be made available for purchase and they would be offered first to 2011 Cowboy Joe Club donors based on their giving level, second to new 2011 season-ticket purchasers and third to the general public.
Fans, who have questions or need additional information on purchasing tickets for 2011 Wyoming football games, may call the UW Athletics Ticket Office at 877-WYO-FAN1 (877-996-3261) or 307-766-4850, or visit www.WyomingAthletics.com.
2011 WYOMING FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Sept. 3, WEBER STATE
Sept. 10, TEXAS STATE
Sept. 17, at Bowling Green
Sept. 24, NEBRASKA
Oct. 1, OPEN
Oct. 8, at Utah State
Oct. 15, UNLV*
Oct. 22, OPEN
Oct. 29, at San Diego State*
Nov. 5, TCU*
Nov. 12, at Air Force*
Nov. 19, NEW MEXICO*
Nov. 26, at Boise State*
Dec. 3, at Colorado State*
HOME GAMES IN BOLD AND CAPS.
Game times and television information will be released at a later date when the Mountain West Conference television partners have finalized their television schedules.
*Indicates Mountain West Conference games.