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November 20, 2008
By John Trent
University of Nevada, Reno President Milt Glick often mentions how the campus’ “front porch” needs to extend well into the community.
On Thursday, during a ceremony at the Reno-Tahoe Airport, the University’s “front porch” officially extended its reach well beyond campus with the dedication of the Wolf Pack Den Display.
From now on, visitors to the airport will be greeted by the handsome display, which includes video highlights of Wolf Pack athletics, as well as large, dramatic still photographic images of Wolf Pack athletes, as well as scenic images of the University campus. No detail is too small for the display – just as if the visitor to the airport might be stepping into Mackay Stadium on a crisp fall day for a football game, the Wolf Pack Den also features a replica of the pack of wolves statue that greets fans each Saturday at Mackay Stadium.
The Wolf Pack Den is located on the “B” Concourse of the airport, near the Southwest Airlines area.
The display is part of a partnership between the University, Wolf Pack athletics and the Airport Authority. It’s the product of an idea from longtime University supporter and community business leader Rick Reviglio.
Reviglio is the primary donor for the display. He came to the idea after traveling to Wolf Pack rival Boise State. At Boise’s airport, it’s hard to escape the crush of orange that follows the Broncos’ top-15 ranked football team.
Reviglio wondered why Reno’s airport couldn’t feature a similar treatment, particularly given the deep connection Wolf Pack athletics has had with northern Nevada over the years – with a more than 110-year-old athletic heritage to choose from.
Reviglio’s idea was met with great enthusiasm from Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Executive Director Krys Bart, Nevada Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Cary Groth and Glick.
And now, thanks to the collective effort of many, visitors to Reno-Tahoe will be greeted by a wave of Wolf Pack blue images.
“Not a bad way to start any visit to northern Nevada,” Glick said.