Word From Westwood - September 4, 2012
Sept. 4, 2012
UCLA Football, fresh off a victory on the road against Rice, faces a stiff challenge this Saturday at the Rose Bowl as the Nebraska Cornhuskers come to town for the first game in a home-and-home series that will take the Bruins to Lincoln in 2013. Momentum has been building for this game since Jim Mora took the reins of the program last December, and a large home opening-day crowd is expected as Mora leads the Bruins into battle against one of the nation's top programs.
Footballers Play First Home Game of 2012
The Bruins, led by senior running back Johnathan Franklin, who was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week, are poised to show their mettle after defeating the Rice Owls on the road a week ago, while the Cornhuskers will defend their honor after a victory to open the season against Southern Mississippi last week.
All the pomp and circumstance that surrounds UCLA Football games at the Rose Bowl will be in full bloom on Saturday as the Bruins officially welcome their fans to the start of the 2012 season. Before the game, UCLA will host the Bruin Fan Zone in Area H, a location that includes various food vendors, interactive areas and corporate sponsor tents.
Hyundai, Carl's Jr., the UCLA Store and others will have a presence in the Fan Zone, and the adjacent UCLA Health System Kids Zone will feature inflatables and a football toss, among other activities and an opportunity for young fans to meet members of the Sprit Squad.
In addition, the first 10,000 fans to enter the gates will receive a hand fan, compliments of Gorilla Marketing. After the game, fans will enjoy an amazing fireworks show, produced by Pyro Spectaculars and set to music performed by the UCLA band.
For those unable to make it out to Pasadena and enjoy one of America's greatest home game atmospheres, the game will air locally (in Southern California) on the radio on KTLK 1150 am, instead of the Bruins' flagship station AM570 FOX Sports LA.
Whether at the game in person or watching at home, fans are reminded to follow @UCLAGameday on Twitter for all the latest information from the stadium, home and away, and to use to use the #gobruins hashtag when tweeting on game days.
Note to Fans Attending UCLA Games at the Rose Bowl
Since the conclusion of the 2012 Rose Bowl Game, four patron tunnels in the North end of the bowl have been widened for easier ingress and egress, as well as new aisles and handrails in the north end of the stadium. In addition, the shell of a new Pavilion, four times the size of the old facility, has been completed. Several levels of the Pavilion, including broadcast booths, 26 suites, 300 club seats, donor areas and working media areas are ready for use this season, and the entire facility will be completed prior to the 2013 season.
When completed, all of the improvements to the stadium, both visible and unseen, will improve the fan experience while maintaining the stadium's iconic and historic status. Public safety will be enhanced, and new revenue sources will be able to fund continued improvements and upgrades to the Pasadena landmark.
In the interim, it is important to note that the site remains a construction zone, and fans should exercise caution while getting in around the stadium.
Barksdale, Miller and Wilkes Set to Receive Basketball's Highest Honor
The honor for the three players, each from a different era of UCLA Basketball history, gives the UCLA women's and men's basketball programs a total of 12 Naismith Hall of Fame members.
This year marks the first time ever that three Bruins have been inducted individually into the same class.
As previously announced, each of the three great Bruins will have his number retired and raised to the rafters at New Pauley Pavilion during the 2012-13 season, and the schedule is as follows:
Pac-12 Networks and DIRECTV Deal yet to be Reached
That said, there are 35 distributors that currently offer Pac-12 Networks, countering the very public assertion by DIRECTV officials that many of the games and sports televised on the Networks are of little importance to the Conference's fan base. Meanwhile, DIRECTV continues to carry the Big Ten Network within the Pac-12 footprint, and that network too provides extensive Olympic Sports coverage.
In Southern California alone, the Pac-12 Networks are available on Comcast, Cox, Time Warner Cable, Bright House and Rancho Murrieta. These providers offer Pac-12 Networks' full season lineup, including dozens of live UCLA events -- 13 in the next month alone -- and hours of studio and shoulder programming featuring Bruin student athletes. Many of them also participate in the Pac-12 Networks' TV Everywhere experience, meaning fans are able to watch live broadcasts online, or on an iPad.
To confirm which providers offer the Pac-12 Networks, and on what channels, please click here.
BruWin Rewards Program Up and Running
The program, which runs through May 31, 2013, allows UCLA fans to earn points for attending games, interacting on social media and more. Points earned can be redeemed for contest entries into monthly grand prize drawings or for guaranteed UCLA merchandise and exclusive events via the prize store. Contest prizes for September include UCLA men's basketball season tickets and a UCLA football VIP experience. All fans can join today and start earning points by registering at bruwinrewards.com.
Reminder: Women's Basketball Season Tickets Already on Sale
Olympic Sports Roundup
One of the many joys of being a Bruin is reflecting on all the excellence that has come through this campus. Walking through the Hall of Fame in the Morgan Center commemorates many of the great UCLA moments, but it's even more special when these legends come back to campus. As I sat in my office earlier today, I was fortunate enough to have one of the great Bruins poke his head in to our suite to say hello. Meb Keflezighi, whom I had the pleasure of watching in person run to a fourth-place finish at the Olympic Marathon just a few weeks ago, was on campus and stopped by the Morgan Center.
Meb is a phenomenal athlete who has enjoyed a long and storied career in one of the world's most grueling sports. On top of that, he's a great person - humble, thoughtful, and truly inspiring. After taking some very brief time off following the London Games, he is now back at it and training for the New York City Marathon, scheduled for November 4. As you may remember, Meb won the 2009 NYC Marathon and became the first American to do so since 1982. With our first home football game this Saturday, I know Meb will only be the first of many great Bruins who will be back to campus and/or the Rose Bowl this week. I look forward to seeing them, as well as all of you, as we take on the Cornhuskers from Nebraska.
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