City of San Antonio declares Orange Friday to support UTSA's inaugural bowl bid

City of San Antonio declares Orange Friday to support UTSA's inaugural bowl bid

(December 14, 2016) – -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and the Alamo City will be glowing orange this Friday. The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the City of San Antonio have declared Dec. 16, 2016 as "Orange Friday" in support of the UTSA Roadrunners, who will be playing in their first bowl game at the Gildan New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque, Saturday, Dec. 17 at noon (MT).

Several downtown buildings will light up in orange and blue on Friday night to give UTSA's athletes a rallying sendoff, including the Alamodome and the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Those lights will continue to shine through the remainder of the week. Roadrunner fans are also encouraged to wear orange on Friday.

"A successful athletics program is incredibly important to the continued pursuit of Tier One status," said District 8 City Councilman Ron Nirenberg. "The postseason bowl berth caps a meteoric rise for the young Division I football program and is easily the highlight of Frank Wilson's first year as head coach."

Councilman Nirenberg has teamed up with local chambers of commerce and UTSA to promote the Roadrunners' historic bowl journey.

"We're thrilled at the opportunity to represent UTSA and the City of San Antonio in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl," said Wilson. "At the same time, we're humbled to see the support from the City and community at large with the Orange Friday promotion. For those who can't make it to Albuquerque, we want you to wear your UTSA colors next Friday and show your support for the Roadrunners."

UTSA also is going orange. The UTSA Monuments and H-E-B University Center Tower will be lit orange Friday and Sunday.

List of San Antonio buildings committed to Orange Friday:

  • Alamodome
  • Centro Chroma Tower at VIA Villa
  • Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
  • Quarry Stacks
  • University Health System Robert B. Green Campus

- Courtney Clevenger
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