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.
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