Thursday, April 10, 2014
Arizona's athletic department is going all out with marketing what it's calling Super Wildcat Weekend from Thursday through Sunday, a collection of sporting events and activities meant to showcase nearly every UA sport that doesn't use a basket.
But maybe the most ambitious — and flat out fun — part of the lineup helps kick off the four-day extravaganza, as the UA is opening up Arizona Stadium on Thursday night for a screening of Remember the Titans that will be shown on the giant video board on the south end of the field.
Gates open at 6 p.m. and the film will start at 6:30 p.m., with fans encouraged to sit in the north end zone seats for the best view.
The movie is just the tip of a great variety of events, a perfect storm of sports events on and around campus that most Wildcat fans might have ignored without prompting. Thursday also marks the start of the Jim Click Shootout track and field meet at the Drachman Stadium, a meet that will run through Saturday.
On Friday there's a tennis match at 1 p.m. at the on-campus Robson Tennis Center against USC, while at 7 p.m. at Hi Corbett Field the UA baseball team hosts 2013 College World Series champ UCLA for a three-game series.
On Saturday is the main attraction of the weekend, the annual UA football spring game, scheduled for 1 p.m. at Arizona Stadium. But before the game the school will be selecting fans to participate in some "Hard Edge" challenges, including the opportunity to win $500 by kicking a 50-yard field goal or $250 to throw a pass deeper than a Wildcat quarterback.
A random fan will also get a chance to call a play during the spring game (PLEASE PICK THE BUTT FUMBLE!), a scrimmage that will showcase what Arizona has been working on the past few weeks in spring practice.
Another UA baseball game is on tap for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, while the finale against UCLA is at 4 p.m. Sunday. Sunday's lineup also includes a 12 p.m. tennis match against UCLA.
And if all that wasn't enough, the UA's Spring Fling has returned to campus and will be celebrating its 40th anniversary from Friday through Sunday.