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UTSA aims to #PackTheDome for crucial Homecoming game against North Texas

UTSA aims to #PackTheDome for crucial Homecoming game against North Texas

UTSA looks to defend the dome as its hosts North Texas in the Homecoming game at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 22. Photo by Dexter Jenkins

OCTOBER 20, 2022 — It’s Homecoming weekend and arguably the biggest game of the year — what more could a Roadrunner fan ask for? UTSA will host North Texas at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, at the Alamodome in a battle of the only remaining teams unbeaten in Conference USA play. The winner will emerge alone atop the Conference USA standings with a favorable path toward the conference championship game in December.

The rivalry between the Roadrunners and the Mean Green has grown into one of Conference USA’s best over the last nine years, and it will continue to evolve as both universities join the American Athletic Conference next season. North Texas ended UTSA’s dreams of an undefeated 2021 campaign last November at Apogee Stadium, but the Roadrunners handily defeated the Mean Green in their last matchup at the Alamodome in 2020.

UTSA (5-2 overall, 3-0 in C-USA) has now won four games in a row. Most recently, the Roadrunners notched a 30-10 road victory over FIU in Miami. Senior quarterback Frank Harris put together another excellent performance, passing for 303 yards and two touchdowns against the Panthers. Freshman running back Kevorian Barnes also reveled in a breakout showing, carrying the ball 20 times for 128 rushing yards and the first two touchdowns of his UTSA football journey.

North Texas (4-3 overall, 3-0 in C-USA) has won its last two contests, beating Florida Atlantic and Louisiana Tech in front of its home fans in Denton. However, the Mean Green boast a 1-2 record in road games this season, so Roadrunner fans are encouraged to #PackTheDome on Saturday in an effort to (loudly) lift UTSA to a very important victory. UTSA is 14-2 in home games under head coach Jeff Traylor and swelling fan support at the Alamodome has certainly helped spark that home-field advantage.


Orange- and blue-clad fans have given the Roadrunners a significant home-field advantage, and UTSA will need it Saturday in an important matchup against North Texas. The two teams are currently tied for first place in Conference USA. Photos by Dexter Jenkins


UTSA Athletics announced on Wednesday that seats in the upper level of the Alamodome will be available for $10 plus online fees through Friday. Additionally, in a show of appreciation for the university’s faculty and staff, all UTSA employees are being offered discounted lower end zone and reserved tickets to Saturday’s game. Each faculty and staff ticket sold comes with a free UTSA Roadrunners hat (while supplies last).

“This is for San Antonio. We want everyone to rally around their hometown team and pack the Alamodome on Saturday for Homecoming,” said Lisa Campos, UTSA’s vice president for intercollegiate athletics. “This is a huge matchup between the top two teams in Conference USA, so we need the 210 to show up and be loud in support of our Roadrunners.”

Saturday’s game is the culmination of UTSA’s Homecoming Week, which includes voting for the Spirit of the Roadrunner award recognizing two students who embody the spirit of UTSA while striving for the highest levels of academic achievement, campus involvement and community service. Winners of the Spirit of the Roadrunner will be announced during the Homecoming game.

UTSA Football will also hold its 11th annual food drive, sponsored by Whataburger, before the game. All donations will be given to the San Antonio Food Bank. Donations can be made in the Fan Zone at the Alamodome’s H-E-B Plaza beginning at noon or can be given to the Whataburger and San Antonio Food Bank representatives visiting parking lots B and C. Every dollar donated provides the equivalent of seven meals for those in need.

Roadrunner Nation is invited to show its school spirit on Saturday at the following family-friendly events:


PRE-GAME

Fan Zone
11:30 a.m., H-E-B Plaza (north side of the Alamodome)

Roadrunner fans of all ages can take part in free pre-game festivities at Rowdy Town, including live music by the Retro Nouveau Band, an inflatable obstacle course, interactive games, displays, food samples and beverages.

UTSA Alumni Association's Roadrunner Nation Tailgate
11:30 a.m., Hoefgen Lot (499 Hoefgen Ave.)

The UTSA Alumni Association invites fans to the official Roadrunner Nation Tailgate. Enjoy food, drinks, activities and giveaways, along with visits from UTSA Cheer, the Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band and Rowdy the Roadrunner. Several types of tickets are available for the Roadrunner Nation Tailgate. Blue tickets are $20 and come with a food ticket and a cash bar. Orange tickets are $45 and come with a food ticket and open bar privileges. Tickets are $10 for students aged 13-20, who receive a food ticket and a non-alcoholic drink. Children 12 and under are admitted for free. Discounts are also given to UTSA Alumni Association members.

Spirit Walk
12:15 p.m., Alamodome, Roadrunner Alley (between Lots B and C)

This exciting tradition gets Roadrunner fans and the UTSA team pumped up for the game. Join the Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band and UTSA spirit squads as they accompany the team down Roadrunner Alley and into the Alamodome approximately 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 Student Indoor Tailgate
1 to 2:15 p.m., Alamodome, North Media Room (north end of plaza level)

The UTSA Student Indoor Tailgate is where students go to connect, cool down and vibe before the game. DJ Wynkoop and QuickStrike Entertainment will provide fun and excitement before kickoff. Free food and beverages will be available while supplies last and door prizes such as game concession vouchers and UTSA apparel will be given away. On each game day, different colleges and departments at UTSA will be highlighted to connect students to important resources.


GOING TO THE GAME

Tickets

Tickets are on sale by calling or texting 210-458-UTSA (8872) or visiting ticketmaster.com. UTSA has transitioned to digital tickets through Account Manager. All students currently enrolled at UTSA are eligible for free admission to all home football games. UTSA students may purchase up to four guest tickets for student-section seating.

For walk-up sales, the Alamodome’s southwest box office will open at 10 a.m. Saturday and all other Alamodome box offices will open at noon. Customer service windows are located at the northeast and southeast box offices.

All UTSA employees are being offered discounted tickets to Saturday’s game. Each faculty and staff ticket sold comes with a free UTSA Roadrunners hat (while supplies last). This online faculty and staff deal expires at 4 p.m. on Friday, October 21.

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. The lots will open at 8 a.m. for those who have valid parking passes. Please do NOT enter prior to 8 a.m. or staff will ask you to vacate your spot(s) and re-enter once the lots are open. There are several paid public parking lots in the general vicinity of the Alamodome.

Visit UTSA Athletics online for more information and City of San Antonio tailgating guidelines. Student organization tailgating begins at 10:30 a.m.

Getting to the game

Students and their guests may park at the UTSA Main Campus and catch a UTSA shuttle to the game at the North Paseo Bus Oval, just outside of the North Paseo Building. Shuttles will begin service to the Alamodome at 11:30 a.m. The last shuttle to the game will depart campus at 2 p.m. To avoid possible delays, students and their guests are encouraged to catch a shuttle early in the departure window. Students will be dropped off and picked up at the Robert Thompson Transit Station at the Alamodome. Buses will begin return service back to UTSA at the start of the fourth quarter and the last shuttle bus from the Alamodome will depart one hour after the end of the game.

VIA has announced that it will serve UTSA home football games. VIA’s Park & Ride Service offers roundtrip travel to the Alamodome for just $2.60. Service to all UTSA home games will be provided from the Crossroads Park & Ride, beginning three hours before game time, and return service will run for one hour after each game. The Park & Ride fare is $1.30 each way with discounted fares available for children, seniors, students and active-duty military. Pre-purchase tickets on VIA’s goMobile+ app, available to download free on Apple and Android devices. Cash and credit cards are accepted on game day at the Crossroads Park & Ride location.

UTSA students can use their U-Pass for service to the game. VIAtrans customers and children under age 5 ride free. VIA bus passes are not valid for this service. VIA’s day pass, 7-day pass, and 31-day pass are valid for special event service.

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 Americas Way.

Alamodome entry

Please enter the stadium early to avoid long lines. Doors open to the public at 1 p.m. Fans should read the Alamodome clear bag policy before entering the stadium, including the list of approved bags. Speed lanes will be available at security checkpoints for those with no bags. Please have your keys, phone and wallet out before getting to the scanners. Please have your tickets out or loaded on your phone with the screen brightness turned all the way up before reaching the doors.

Student seating

Student seating is general admission within sections 122-131. To accommodate increased student attendance, sections 220-226 on the Club Level will also be open for student general admission seating. The Spirit of San Antonio band will occupy sections 127-128.

UTSA gear

Fans can buy the latest UTSA apparel and accessories from the Rowdy Campus Store, which will be set up in Lot B near Roadrunner Alley. Merchandise sales counters are also located inside the Alamodome on the Plaza Level concourses near sections 106 and 118.


WATCH. TWEET. CELEBRATE.

Television and radio broadcasts

Saturday’s game will air on Stadium (CW 35 in San Antonio). Chris Hassel will provide play-by-play commentary alongside analyst Bob Davie.

The radio broadcast will air live on Ticket 760 AM in the San Antonio area and on SiriusXM app channel 983. Andy Everett (play-by-play), Jay Riley (analyst) and Pat Evans (reporter) will call the action. The pregame show will begin at 12:30 p.m. and there will be a 45-minute postgame show. The radio broadcast can also be heard online at Ticket760.com and via the iHeartRadio and The Varsity Network apps.

Game day traditions and social media

First, get into game mode by brushing up on UTSA’s traditions including the fight song and alma mater. Then, stay engaged with fellow Roadrunners by sharing your UTSA game day experiences on social media using the hashtags #UTSA, #BirdsUp, #LetsGo210 and #210TriangleOfToughness. All Roadrunner fans are encouraged to follow UTSA Football and UTSA Athletics on Twitter and UTSA on TwitterInstagramFacebook and TikTok.

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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