Football Saturday: Huddles, Handshakes & Texts
Sept. 4, 2009
LAS VEGAS - Joining with other schools across the nation, the UNLV and Sacramento State football teams will shake hands before Saturday's season-opening game at Sam Boyd Stadium.
Players and coaches will greet each other at midfield preceding the official coin toss (about three minutes before the 7:05 p.m. kickoff) as part of the American Football Coaches Association and the NCAA's "AFCA/NCAA RESPECT Weekend."
The Rebels and Hornets, who have never met before on the gridiron, will use the gesture to emphasize respect for their opponent and raise awareness to the ideal of sportsmanship in college football.
The UNLV Department of Athletics also announced that it is taking part in a league-wide initiative to enhance fans' game-day experience at all nine Mountain West Conference stadiums. Beginning this weekend, each MWC institution will implement a two-way, text messaging communication system between ticket holders and event staff in their respective stadium.
The intent is to allow for improved management of safety, security and guest services operations. The Mountain West successfully experimented with a text-messaging system at the 2009 Conoco MWC Basketball Championships. At its June meeting, the MWC Board of Directors established a plan to implement text-messaging systems on a conference-wide basis at all football venues and the plan will also include men's basketball games this season.
Fans at Sam Boyd Stadium will have the opportunity to send questions, concerns or requests via their mobile telephones to a central location by texting the word UNLV along with a message and seat location to 78247.
Reply messages can be sent directly to the fan's phone to provide answers or obtain more information. If necessary, the appropriate personnel can be dispatched to handle safety/security, medical or guest services concerns.
UNLV football single-game and season tickets are still available by calling (702) 739-FANS or logging on to www.unlvtickets.com.