We're approximately two weeks away from Arizona football's season opener against BYU in Glendale and so far, BYU has sold more tickets to the game than Arizona — despite the fact that University of Phoenix Stadium is only about two hours away from the UA's campus.
And Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne didn't hesitate to let Wildcat fans know about it in his latest Wildcat Wednesday newsletter. Here's what he wrote:
Ticket sales on the Arizona side of University of Phoenix Stadium are on the rise, but we still have some ground to make up on our BYU counterparts. It's time for Arizona fans to rally. This game is extremely important for the growth of our football program. It can help us increase our profile across the landscape of college football and could also be a nice boost in recruiting.
For our fans in the Valley, this is something you've been waiting on for a long time. We ask you to come down to Tucson to help support the Wildcats each fall and now you have a chance to do so in your own backyard. For our great fans in Tucson, this is a chance to hit a neutral-site game less than two hours away. We need you to be there to help turn UOP Stadium into #OURHOUSE.
Byrne seems disappointed and I don't blame him. Not that I expect Arizona football to be big draw — it rarely is — but to be outsold by a school from another state isn't a good look. Hopefully the UA can make up some ground between now and September 3.
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— Here's some video of that
Apologize for the video of a video but Arizona will take this from 2017 commit Drew Dixon pic.twitter.com/pjr6xlgysS— Matt Moreno (@MattGOAZCATS) August 19, 2016
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Bobby Dalbec just hit one of the most majestic HR I've seen in Lowell. 427 ft to RCF on FB90. Ball flies off his bat pic.twitter.com/8v6q8ULY8M— Ian Cundall (@IanCundall) August 19, 2016
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