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Get ready for a "Red Out" in Tucson

Posted on: September 15, 2010 11:07 am
Edited on: September 15, 2010 12:23 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

In the last decade, the "[insert color here] out" has become quite the trend when a team is looking to implore their fans to make the extra effort for a big (and most of the time televised) game.  Georgia has the "Black Out" when the team dons their alternate black uniforms and Samford Stadium is filled with black shirts.  Penn State has the "White Out" with all white uniforms and Happy Valley and simliar fan attire.

Now the Arizona athletic department is trying to inspire their fans to do the same in Arizona Stadium when the Wildcats welcome the No. 9 Iowa Hawkeyes to town on Saturday evening. 

That's right, it will be a "RED OUT."

And for this week, all fans are encouraged to wear red to the game to help create an official "Red Out" atmosphere in Arizona Stadium. While red is the dominant color worn by Wildcat fans at all home contests, this week is not the one to choose an alternate color to wear on game day.

With the "Red Out", Pima Federal Credit Union will pass out 15,000 pom-poms to the ZonaZoo student section and the Circle K Red Zone. The white pom-poms will be used to contrast with the sea of red shirts covering the lower sections of Arizona Stadium on Saturday.

Obviously one of the biggest aspects to the "Color Out" is the presence of national television cameras.  As simple as it sounds, the uniform color does seem to unite the crowd together and add some extra energy to a game usually elevated status.  I will also concede, a rocking stadium crowd blanketed in one color does also look very cool on television.  Which, as I have argued before, all comes back to recruiting.  A high school student sees an enthusiastic, sold out stadium on television, and they will be more likely to want to be a part of that college football environment.

The last time Arizona did the "Red Out" was for their last home game of the season against Oregon in 2009.  If you remember, the Arizona fans jumped the barricade ready to storm the field with the Wildcats up 31-24 and just seconds remaining.  The students were covered in red, and ready to to celebrate the victory over then No. 11 Oregon.  Oregon ended up tying the game and then winning in double-overtime 44-41.  

The "Red Out" will certainly inspire the students in Tucson, I just hope they wait for the clock to hit 0:00 before leaving their seats.  

(Photo: Arizona Athletics Facebook Page )

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Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: September 17, 2010 8:48 am

Get ready for a "Red Out" in Tucson

Barely beat out???? did u watch the game? it was a 10 point game with a bullsh*t touchdown @ the end of regulation by AZ. 7 of Zona's points came on a stanziball which he gave everyone last year. last year's game wasn't as close as even the score looked buttttttttttt on that note Foles is a much better QB than Scott and this Zona team is much better than last year. it's gonna be a tough game and probably much closer than either side would want. GO HAWKS!

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Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2010 3:22 pm

Get ready for a "Red Out" in Tucson

indeed.  just like they barely beat our horrible Matt Scott led team last year. I know Iowa is better now but so is Arizona. 

Since: Aug 15, 2010
Posted on: September 16, 2010 2:33 pm

Get ready for a "Red Out" in Tucson

Iowa will spank AZ very badly

Since: Nov 20, 2008
Posted on: September 16, 2010 1:31 pm

Get ready for a "Red Out" in Tucson


Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: September 16, 2010 9:26 am

Get ready for a "Red Out" in Tucson

That's all well and good that they are having a "Red out", but the only red that will be seen will be the blood spilled on the filed as Iowa kicks their A$$.

Since: Sep 16, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2010 10:30 pm

Get ready for a "Red Out" in Tucson

This is a HUGE game for the Cats..  They, along with Oregon, are probably the two best teams in the PAC 10 this year.  A win against Iowa on Saturday Night in the desert will serve as a big confidence builder for this team and set the stage for the Arizona-Oregon rematch in late November; most likely the game for the PAC 10 title.   

Since: Nov 21, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2010 1:41 pm

Get ready for a "Red Out" in Tucson

One correction to the Penn St. "white out." Last season when they tried that against the Hawkeyes, the entire crowd was white, painted, etc. and it looked pretty awesome. The Nittany Lions, however, wore their home blue uniforms while the Hawks wore the whites away jerseys. Also... it didn't work.

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