More than 1,000 attend first football tailgating event
Tailgating is as necessary and
logical a precursor of college football games
as studying is for exams. That's why more than
1,000 UTSA alumni, friends and supporters attended
UTSA's first tailgating party, 1st and
Rowdy, on Sept. 16 at the Institute of Texan Cultures.
Hosted by the UTSA Alumni Association, the event
showcased the first Roadrunners football team and sold
more than 560 season tickets worth $120,000.
"We were super-excited with the number of people who
came out to support our football team," said Jim Mickey '78,
associate vice president of alumni programs and marketing.
He added that the event was a partnership with the Athletics Department.
"We expected a good turnout, but many doubted our
alumni would number 1,000 or more. It just confirms that
our alumni and friends are pumped about UTSA football."
Freshman wide receiver Jake Wanamaker said seeing
the number of supporters at 1st and Rowdy made him feel
proud to be part of the team.
"It was the first time for me as a member of the football
team that I got to feel the passion and excitement of the fans,"
Wanamaker said. "My family, friends and acquaintances have
always told me that they would be supporting me, but I had
people who I don't even know come up to me to tell me that
they're excited for me to be playing football for UTSA."
Alumna Deborah Schueneman said although she has
never been a big football fan before, she now plans on becoming
one. The fervor of 1st and Rowdy was contagious, she said.
"It made me proud not only to be an alum, but [also
to be] a staff member of UTSA," said Schueneman, director
of the Small Business Development Center, National
Information Clearinghouse (SBDCNet). "It was a first-class
event and now I look forward to going to the football games."
The event, sponsored by Silver Eagle Distributors, also
recognized head football coach Larry Coker and featured
the UTSA dance team and cheerleaders.
"The roots of Texas football made this happen," Mickey
said. "Our alumni have wanted football forever, so it was natural
to allow them to show their pride and spirit at a tailgate
event. So the combination of football, food and fun made
it happen. The alumni were looking for a lightning rod, and
Roadrunners football is it."
Alumni who wish to reconnect with UTSA can join the
Alumni Association online at www.utsa.edu/alumni. Those
who join can begin earning loyalty points, which can be used
by season ticket holders to select seats at the Alamodome.
To learn more about UTSA football or purchase season
tickets, visit www.utsa.edu/2011.