By Amy McIff, Auxiliary Services
Get ready Utah fans, it’s almost game day.
To help you have the best season ever, we’ve put together our top five tips for making the most of game day, starting with getting to the stadium for free with no traffic or parking hassles.
Ticket to ride
Did you know that your game ticket is also good for free rides on all UTA transit vehicles on game day? Take TRAX or the bus from anywhere in the valley and arrive at Rice-Eccles relaxed and ready to rumble. “The Ute Train” has become a fun tradition in recent years, where riders cheer and sing “A Utah Man Am I” as it’s played over the train’s loudspeaker. And what is more, the Game Day Ticket Program is not just for football, it’s in effect year-round. You can present any valid ticket, whether for gymnastics, basketball, volleyball or any other event, to ride to campus for free that day. Other campus events like concerts and arts performances are not part of the ticket program.
Get your red on
Freshen up your fan gear at the Red Zone tent in the tailgate lot or at the game. There are two Red Zone trailers in the tailgate lot—one at the main corner of Guardsman and 5th South and one at the southern end of the lot near the Salt Lake City Sports Complex. In addition to apparel and the latest Under Armour sideline gear, you can also get those last-minute necessities like hats, gloves, rain ponchos and other branded items to complete your look. Inside Rice-Eccles Stadium, the Red Zone is located at the southwest corner of the concourse. If you can’t wait until game day, you can get all things Utah any day, any time, at URedZone.com
Bring it, clearly
Beginning this year, Rice-Eccles Stadium will maintain a clear bag policy, which asks that you bring only one bag that is transparent and not exceeding 12 inches x 12 inches x 6 inches. The bag can be any style, even a 1-gallon sealable bag, it just can’t be any larger than those dimensions. Ladies may also bring a small clutch or purse for privacy. Diaper bags are also allowed if you have a baby with you. Utah-branded bags will be available on game day outside of the stadium, at the tailgate lot Red Zones and at the Campus Store. Or, if you want to come prepared, get yours now at URedZone.com
Food, and lots of it
This season, the stadium is rolling out its most robust food lineup ever, from campus favorite, The Pie Pizzeria, to Sub Zero ice cream, frozen right before your eyes. Gates open two hours before kickoff, so come early, get settled, make some new friends and nosh on some yummy food and treats from the classic concessions menu or a number of unique food truck offerings. This year, we welcome J-Dawgs, Jersey Mike’s, Iceberg and Salt City Taco.
Find a full list of food items here. Come and get it, fans!
Get your patch, show your spirit
This year marks 125 seasons of Utah Football and to celebrate, the University Campus Store is offering a limited-edition commemorative patch with purchase of any hat from the Utah Red Zone. Patches will only be available on game days and for seven select days online, according to the schedule above. Note that on OCt. 12 and Nov. 10, patches will be available only at the Sandy Campus Store, so swing by before you head up to campus and get your 125 Years of Utah Football patch while supplies last. Also, make sure to note each game’s theme so you can dress accordingly. True to form, this season will feature a throwback game, a veteran’s appreciation game and a Ute Proud game, among others. So, be an insider and show your spirit by getting the right gear for the game.
And there you have it—all you need to know to make every game day this season a great one.
We’ll see you there!
For a comprehensive guide to Rice-Eccles Stadium, visit stadium.utah.edu.