Let's Cheer for Arizona
Let's raise our voices high
Let's Cheer For Arizona the Bear Down Battle Cry
Let's Cheer our team to victory
Let's Cheer our team to fame
Let's Cheer for Arizona for spirit wins the game
Usually, when football season is approaching you can feel the crispness of fall in the air. In Tucson, that crispness is a month or so away but that isn't going to stop tens of thousands from heading to Arizona Stadium this Saturday for tailgating, good times, and the Wildcat Walk - "Before every home game, the team's buses take them from their hotel and drop them off several blocks north of the stadium. The fans and the marching band line Cherry Avenue as the team walks to the stadium". The Walk was started in 2010 and has become an amazing pre-game rally tradition.
This Saturday, the Wildcats open the season against Northern Arizona University. Being a new fan of The U, I'm just learning where the rivalries are, besides ASU, of course. I've been told that the schedule is a tough one this year. This is PAC 12 football which is a far cry from where I was last year, in WAC Country.
But it isn't JUST football that I'm looking forward to. I've always been a big volleyball fan and the team here is nothing to sneeze at! Their head coach is David Rubio and he's been here for 20 years. He's led the program to 13 NCAA tournament berths including 10 straing from 1996 to 2005, a school record 22 NCAA tournament victories, 7 sweet 16's, 4 Elite Eights and to the final four in 2001.
Wildcat Athletics is very active in social media so finding out what's going on isn't that hard. The Athletic Director, Greg Byrne, is a big advocate of using Twitter and even holds ticket contests prior to big games. I was a lucky winner this past February when the team took on Washington. It was a monster game - and I was there for this:
Yeah. That's Arizona Basketball :)
The traditions are strong, the student section is beyond amazing to me. They are loud, proud and let you know that they are going to do anything they can to protect "their house".
I'm looking forward to the Gameday traditions, learning the lyrics to the fight song, watching the team on the field and the court. I can't wait - it's gonna be fantastic!