Aug. 25, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
With Wyoming's football opener at War Memorial Stadium just a week away, fans are reminded of improvements that have been made during the off-season to enhance to their game-day experience.
New concession and rest rooms areas on the upper east and west concourses; additional Will Call and ticket locations, and a larger, more convenient Tailgate Park are a few of the improvements.
"We are excited about the enhancements to the game-day experience at War Memorial Stadium" Barbara Burke, Deputy Athletics Director said. "We are expecting a great crowd for the home opener, especially since the game will not be televised.
"We're proud of the improvements that have been made to the concourses, as well as our new Tailgate Park location. I know Coach Glenn and his team are excited about opening the 2006 season on Jonah Field."
Due to the new partnership between Comcast, CSTV and the Mountain West Conference some television commitments had to be changed, including the Utah State-Wyoming game not being televised. One of the positives of the new contract, however is that fans still have the advantage of knowing all of Wyoming's kickoff times well in advance of the season.
For fan convenience there have been two additional Will Call windows (for fans who have purchased tickets through the UW Ticket Office) as well as two-credit-card-only windows and two cash-only "Quick Sale" windows all on the south side of War Memorial Fieldhouse. The main ticket office and Will Call location are the same as they have been in the past, at the north side of the Arena-Auditorium. The main office will open at 8 a.m. on football game days, regardless of kickoff times.
Ticket-selling locations may be found at the Willett West Booth, and the Willett East Booth in the Arena-Auditorium, the Fishbowl on the east side of the Stadium, and the south side of the Fieldhouse. Wyoming's Player Pass pickup will be Gate 7 at the northeast corner of the Stadium, and the Visiting Team Player Pass pickup will be Gate 2 at the south end of the Stadium.
"We know fans are excited about the new season," said UW Ticket Manager Bill Hamilton. "As always, we encourage fans to arrive early, enjoy the new Tailgate Park, and enter the stadium as early as possible. We believe the changes that have been made will make it easier for fans to purchase tickets and get into the stadium."
Tailgate Park has been moved to the practice field just south of War Memorial Fieldhouse. Not only is the site much larger, but it also is much more convenient. Fans leaving the park may access the stadium through Gate One, at the southwest corner of the Stadium and Gate Three, located at the southeast corner of the Stadium.
When Cowboy football fans get near Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium on Sept. 2 for the home opener against Utah State, they will notice that construction on the new indoor practice facility has begun. While the facility promises to do great things for the UW athletics department, it has caused the Cowboy Joe Club to adjust its parking plan for the 2006-07 academic year.
The Stadium Lot - the gravel lot just east of War Memorial Stadium - has undergone the most substantial change. The amount of parking the Cowboy Joe Club can utilize in this has been reduced as the new indoor facility will sit in the northern section of the lot next to the Rochelle Athletics Center (RAC). Despite the construction, Cowboy Joe Club members with parking permits in sections A, BB and B may park in the Stadium Lot. All personalized spots in the A and BB sections have been moved to the south from their previous locations. Although the spots have been moved, they remain immediately next to the Stadium. Those donors parking in section B will be able to park in the Stadium Lot on a first-come, first-served basis. If Cowboy Joe members with AA, D, A, BB and B permits bring an RV to a game, they may park in a designated area in the Stadium lot.
It should be noted that members with AA and D parking permits will not be affected by the construction.
The biggest change will be for members with permits in sections CC, C and J. These members will be able to park in the "Brown" and "Gold" Cowboy Joe lots which are located just north of the Stadium Lot (across Willett Drive) next to the American Heritage Center. The "Brown" and "Gold" lots run from the corner of 22nd and Willett to the north almost to Harney Street. In the past these lots were single-day pay lots.
The "Brown" lot will be available to Cowboy Joe members with CC and C permits. As in the past, spots in these sections are not reserved but are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Members with J permits will park in the "Gold" lot, also on a first-come, first-served basis. For those members that have CC, C or J permits and bring an RV, they will be able to park in the RV section of the "Brown" lot.
Fans may direct parking questions to the Cowboy Joe Club at 307-766-6242.
If any of the Cowboy Joe parking lots become full, free overflow parking is available to members in the baseball stadium parking lot and the "X" lot, which is located next to the Animal Science building just north of the old tailgate park.
The policies regarding alcohol surrounding the stadium will be similar to recent years. Alcohol will be allowed in all Cowboy Joe Club lots beginning two-and-a-half hours prior to kickoff until the start of the game. This includes the Stadium Lot, Brown and Gold lots, and Tailgate Park. Alcohol is not permitted at halftime or following the game.
For fans that are not Cowboy Joe Club members, pay parking is available in the baseball stadium lot and in the "X" lot for $10 per game. Fans who bring RV's and aren't Cowboy Joe members will be able to park in the baseball stadium lot for $10.
The new indoor practice facility is expected to be completed by June of 2007. The facility will be constructed at a cost between $10 and $11 million, and will include approximately 80,000 square feet of practice area. The full-size indoor football field will be covered with the same Desso Football Pro artificial surface that is installed on Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.
"We are very appreciative of our fans, and the distances they have to travel to see the Cowboys," Burke said. "We hope the changes that have been made will make their experience even better. We're looking forward to a fun and successful 2006 season."
For more detailed information regarding game day at War Memorial Stadium, access the Athletic Department's website at wyomingathletics.com. Select the football page under men's sports, on the right side of the page under information, and click on "fan guide".