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September 24, 2007
In its continuing effort to improve the game-day experience for all of its fans, the University of Nevada Athletics Department encourages fans to exhibit good sportsmanship and wear blue to the rivalry game with UNLV on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Mackay Stadium.
As part of a "Stay True, Wear Blue" promotion, Nevada encourages all Wolf Pack fans to wear blue shirts to the game, similar to last year's white-out at Nevada's men's basketball regular-season finale. The University of Nevada will distribute free blue T-shirts to the first 5,000 university students into Mackay Stadium.
The University will also make a change to its alcohol sales policy at Mackay Stadium, University of Nevada President Milt Glick and Director of Athletics Cary Groth announced. Starting with the UNLV game and continuing through the rest of the season, Nevada will limit sales to one beer per person per purchase. The university also reserves the right to cut off alcohol sales at any time during a game. As part of its standard game-day procedures, Nevada also will have continue to have security at all of the stadium gates to deny access to visibly intoxicated patrons.
"We are committed to enhancing the game-day experience for our fans," Groth said. "The University of Nevada is one of just a handful of schools that still allow alcohol sales at its athletic events, and we want our fans to enjoy their Mackay Stadium experience. We encourage our fans to show their support for the Wolf Pack and keep the rivalry on the field, not in the stands. We feel we can continue to provide fans with a fun, safe and family-friendly environment at Mackay Stadium."
"Whenever the Wolf Pack takes the field or the court, we want to see them win, and that is especially the case with this rivalry game," Glick said. "At the same time, creating a fan-friendly and family-friendly environment is also part of building a winning program and tradition. Every Wolf Pack fan can play a role and add to the winning tradition by cheering for the Pack, welcoming our opponents and their fans, making games fun and safe for all, and wearing blue."
"We have a zero tolerance policy toward inappropriate behavior in the stands," University of Nevada Police Chief Adam Garcia said. "In addition to denying access to visibly intoxicated individuals, anyone exhibiting inappropriate behavior in the stands will be ejected from the game."
Wolf Pack fans attending Saturday's 1:05 p.m. game with UNLV are encouraged to arrive at Mackay Stadium early and ride the Sierra Spirit, a free bus service offered by the Regional Transportation Commission, and other shuttles from local restaurants and casinos to avoid traffic and parking delays. For information about Sierra Spirit, visit http://www.rtcwashoe.com/about/organization/transportation/sierra_spirit/.
Wolf Pack Alley, Nevada's new, free interactive fanfest area featuring food vendors, live bands, kids' activities and merchandise, will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, while Mackay Stadium gates will open at 11 a.m. for the 1:05 p.m. kickoff.
Tickets are still available for Saturday's game with UNLV by visiting or calling the Wolf Pack Ticket Office at Legacy Hall at (775) 348-PACK (7225) or by logging on to www.nevadawolfpack.com. Single-game tickets are also for sale at the Lawlor Events Center Ticket Office.