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Roadrunners welcome Lamar for home opener, will honor first responders on 9/11

Roadrunners welcome Lamar for home opener, will honor first responders on 9/11

UTSA quarterback Frank Harris will lead the Roadrunners against Lamar on Saturday, September 11, at the Alamodome. Jeff Huehn/UTSA Athletics

SEPTEMBER 8, 2021 — UTSA Football will host the first home game of its 11th season this weekend, when the Roadrunners take on Lamar at 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 11, at the Alamodome. Both teams are seeking their second win of the season. The Roadrunners are flying high after an exhilarating 37-30 victory over Illinois of the Big Ten Conference in its season opener. Lamar notched a 47-3 win over North American in its first game.

UTSA’s win against Illinois was the second victory over a Power Five conference team in the program’s brief history. The Roadrunners also defeated Baylor of the Big 12 Conference by a score of 17-10 in 2017. UTSA is 6-4 in home openers over the previous 10 seasons, including a 35-7 victory over Incarnate Word in 2019 and a 24-10 win over Stephen F. Austin in 2020 that was nationally televised on ESPN2.

Roadrunner Nation is invited to show its school spirit this week and get amped for UTSA‘s upcoming football game through the following family-friendly activities:


GAME WEEK EXCITEMENT


The Jeff Traylor Radio Show
7 p.m., Wednesday, The Sand Box, 7280 UTSA Blvd., San Antonio

Fans are invited to join Coach Jeff Traylor and host Andy Everett each week for a one-hour radio show at the Sand Box, within walking distance of the UTSA Main Campus. All shows will be carried live in the San Antonio area on Ticket 760 AM or online at goUTSA.com and Ticket760.com. Roadrunner fans may also tune in via the free iHeartRadio and The Varsity Network apps. Additionally, fans can watch the show each week on Facebook Live via the UTSA Athletics Facebook page and call in with questions by dialing (210) 736-9760.

The Jeff Traylor Radio Show will continue at the same time each Wednesday throughout the season (subject to change).


FIRST RESPONDER RECOGNITION


Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy and UTSA will honor first responders in several pregame and halftime recognitions:

  • The San Antonio Fire Department will have a ladder truck and the San Antonio Police Department will have a SWAT vehicle and patrol car on display in Rowdy Town in H-E-B Plaza prior to the game.
     
  • A total of 2,977 U.S. flags will be displayed in the grass lawns on both sides of the loading dock at the south end of the Alamodome as a memorial to the lives lost on 9/11.

  • City of San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus and Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar will be honorary guests for the coin toss. 

  • UTSA’s Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band will perform a 9/11 tribute at halftime and more than 100 first responders will unveil a giant U.S. flag during the performance.

PRE-GAME


Rowdy Town
2 p.m., Saturday, H-E-B Plaza, north side of the Alamodome

Roadrunner fans of all ages can take part in free pregame festivities at Rowdy Town, including:

  • H-E-B interactive games 
  • UT Health San Antonio interactive games 
  • UT Health San Antonio Mobile Vaccination Unit free COVID-19 vaccines 
  • South Texas Ford vehicle display 
  • Tiff’s Treats free cookie sampling 
  • Old Orchard product sampling 
  • Raising Cane’s interactive table 
  • B-Daddy’s BBQ food truck 
  • SAVOR beverage stand 

UTSA Alumni Association's Roadrunner Nation Tailgate
2 p.m., Saturday, The Espee (formerly Sunset Station), 1174 E. Commerce St.

The UTSA Alumni Association invites fans to the official Roadrunner Nation Tailgate to get rowdy with prizes, food and an open bar. RSVP with your Alumni Association membership before the game to get free tailgate admission. Not a member? Friends of UTSA can either purchase a membership for free entrance or pay $20 at the gate. Be sure to bring your digital membership card for quick and easy tailgate admission. RSVP for the tailgate at the UTSA Alumni Association website.

Spirit Walk
2:45 p.m., Saturday, Alamodome, Roadrunner Alley, between Lots B and C

This is an exciting tradition for fans to get the team pumped up for the game. Join the Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band and UTSA spirit squads as they lead the team down Roadrunner Alley and into the Alamodome two hours before each home game. Fans can line the walkway between the Alamodome parking lots B and C, to cheer on the team.

UTSA Indoor Student Tailgate
3:30 to 4:45 p.m., Saturday, Alamodome, Hall of Fame Club (north end of Club level)

The UTSA Indoor Student Tailgate is the new gathering spot for students inside the Alamodome on gameday. Free food and beverages will be available (while supplies last). Door prizes include concession vouchers and UTSA apparel. Join DJ Wynkoop and QuickStrike Entertainment for some fun and excitement before the game.

Meet and Greet: Lonnie Walker IV
3:30 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Alamodome, South Gate

San Antonio Spurs guard Lonnie Walker IV will be on hand at UTSA's home opener to greet and take pictures with the first 300 fans at the Mach1 booth from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Walker will meet the first 300 fans in line at the Mach1 booth—located at the south gate of the Alamodome—before the game, taking photos and giving fans a chance to receive an autographed mini-poster or to win an autographed basketball. Fans will need to download the Mach1 phone app and create a free customer account, then present it to the Mach1 staff at the photo booth.


GOING TO THE GAME


Get Your Tickets

Current UTSA students receive free admission to all home games by downloading tickets via their Account Manager. Students may also purchase up to four guest tickets at $10 each.

Tickets for the general public can be purchased through Ticketmaster. Tickets for Saturday's game start at $10. Season ticket prices start at $75 per seat and there are two season ticket pricing plans for less than $100. Additionally, there are "all-inclusive" options that provide access to the new Touchdown Club located in the north end zone.

For walk-up sales, the Alamodome Southwest Box Office will open at 10 a.m. Saturday and all other Alamodome box offices will open at 2:30 p.m. Customer service windows are located at the northeast and southeast box offices. 

Game Day Parking and Tailgating

Parking in Alamodome Lots A, B and C is limited to fans who already have purchased permits. A limited number of disabled parking spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Alamodome Lots A, B and C will open 6.5 hours before kickoff for those who have valid parking passes. Please do NOT enter the lots prior or staff will ask you to vacate your spot(s) and re-enter once the lots are open. 

Paid parking is available in the parking lot next to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center at the corner of Montana Street and Tower of Americas Way. UTSA students, faculty and staff may park in any unmarked spaces with a valid UTSA parking permit on Saturdays at the Downtown Campus under I-35.

Tailgating is back in the Alamodome parking lots this season. Alamodome parking lots will open at 10:30 a.m. this Saturday. Click here for more information about parking passes, RV passes, ADA passes and tailgating guidelines in the Alamodome parking lots.

UTSA Student Transportation

UTSA students can ride VIA’s 93 Route for free from the Main Campus Bus Loop to the Downtown Campus using their U-Pass. Students will need to visit the VIA U-Pass website for more information on how to access this service.  

UTSA students may also park at Cattleman’s Lot or parking lots D1, D2 and D3 at the Downtown Campus and catch a UTSA shuttle bus in the Durango Loop to the Alamodome. Shuttle bus service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday and run one hour past the end of the game. The pickup location for the shuttle at the Alamodome will be at the northeast corner of Lot A. 

Rideshare

The drop-off and pick-up location for rideshare users is located in Parking Lot D next to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center at the corner of Montana Street and Tower of the Americas Way.

Alamodome Entry

Masks are highly encouraged for all visitors and staff inside the Alamodome. Anyone experiencing COVID-like symptoms is encouraged to refrain from attending.

In order to encourage physical distancing and to minimize larger crowds in the main entrances in the concourses, a gate plan has been created to disseminate the crowds throughout the various entrances to the Alamodome. Unvaccinated guests are required to practice physical distancing, including standing at least six feet away from other groups of people not traveling with them while standing in lines, and avoiding the elevators.

Fans should also be aware of the Alamodome clear bag policy, including a list of the approved bags.

Doors will open to the public 90 minutes before kickoff. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats for the pregame festivities on the field featuring the Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band 15 minutes before kickoff.

Game Day Traditions and Social Media

Get into game mode by brushing up on UTSA game traditions and other important information. Stay engaged with fellow Roadrunners by sharing your UTSA Game Day experiences on social media using #UTSA, #BirdsUp, #GoRunners and #DefendTheDome. Also, follow UTSA Football and UTSA Athletics on Twitter.

Can’t make it? Watch or listen live!

Saturday’s game will air on ESPN3, which can be viewed on the ESPN app or online at watchespn.com (cable/satellite provider credentials are required to stream the game).

The contest will air live on Ticket 760 AM in the San Antonio area and on SiriusXM app channel 984. Everett (play-by-play), Jay Riley (analyst) and Pat Evans (reporter) will call all the action. The pregame show will begin at 3 p.m. and there will be a 45-minute postgame show. The radio broadcast also can be heard online at Ticket760.com and via the iHeartRadio and The Varsity Network apps.

Campus Experience

During the football season, the Monument lights and Student Union Tower lights will glow blue and orange during home game weeks. After a win, the lights turn orange in celebration for the rest of the weekend.

Shea Conner



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