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2012 Lobo Football Fan Guide

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TV
UNM athletic director Paul Krebs says all games will be televised with the exception of Saturday’s season opener at home against Southern. Krebs said the Mountain West Conference has asked UNM to delay any announcements on what networks, etc., until all contracts and details are in place.

Did we mention the season begins on Saturday?

New Mexico was the only Mountain West team shut out of the league’s national TV package, airing games on CBS Sports Network, NBC Sports Network and ESPN.

The New Mexico-Texas game in Austin on Sept. 8 will be telecast on the Longhorn Network, which is unavailable in New Mexico.

The Sept. 15 game at Texas Tech will air on Fox College Sports.

The New Mexico-New Mexico State game on Sept. 22 in Las Cruces, will be available on ESPN3, ESPN’s video streaming service, and on AggieVision.

Regarding an announcement on TV homes for the Lobos’ remaining nine games, Krebs said: “We’re just waiting.”

Radio
The Lobo Radio Network includes the following stations:
• KKOB-AM (770/610): Albuquerque
• KATK-AM (740): Carlsbad
• KLJH-FM (107.1): Farmington
• KYVA-AM (1230): Gallup
• KMIN-AM (980): Grants
• KWMW-FM (105.1): Hobbs
• KBQL-FM (92.7): Las Vegas (N.M.)
• KRUI-AM (1490): Ruidoso
• KSVF-AM (1400): Santa Fe
• KRZY-AM (1450): The Spanish Radio is through Entravision on ESPN Deportes New Mexico.

UNM’s play-by-play announcer is Scott Galetti. His color analyst the first two games will be former Lobo and NFL receiver Hank Baskett. He’s pinch-hitting for Greg Remington, who returns in that role in the third game of the season.

Tickets
For the broad range of season-ticket options, visit golobos.com. They go from $78-180 for adults, $39-90 for faculty/staff, $48-96 for youth, and there are two-person and four-person family specials. Other options include minimum $500 and $1,250 donations to the Lobo Club.

Single-game tickets range from $15-32 for adults, $10-15 for youth and for adults who buy in groups of at least 25.

Tickets are free for all UNM students enrolled in at least six hours. UNM students with their ID will be able to pick up student tickets prior to the game and also be able to enter at any gate.

There are several options to buy them in advance: Albuquerque Albertsons locations, the Lobo Ticket Office in the Pit (which is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and online at unmtickets.com. That includes a convenient and expedient “print at home” option.

Obviously, the sooner you decide to go to the game, the sooner you should buy your tickets. There have been occasions when long walk-up lines on game day overwhelmed the ticket offices and moved slowly.

But for those of you spontaneous in nature, who wait until Game Day to decide to go.

Ticket offices stagger the times they open prior to kickoff. The northeast corner University Stadium ticket office opens four hours before game time. The Lobo Ticket Office in the Pit opens three hours prior. The one at the northwest corner, 90 minutes before start time.

Parking
Six hours before kickoff, all parking lots open. The charge is $5 per car except in the Stadium East lot, which this year is $10 per car. However, it is free for cars with four or more people. So carpool!

Recreational vehicles can park for $40 in the Overnight RV Lot (TLC Lot 2) on the northeast corner of The Pit at 5 p.m. on the night before each game.

For a parking map, stadium map or stadium seating chart, please go to http://www.golobos.com/tickets/08-football.html.

Pregame
The University of New Mexico wants to provide a festive experience the entire day for fans. It begins early in the day.

Three hours before kickoff, the newest attraction to game-day activities opens. The Howl Zone, which is free to the public, includes jumping houses for kids, various other activities for families, an inflated balloon — courtesy of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta — and is home to the Lobo Football Pregame Show.

While there, fans also can watch the “Lobo Prowl” as the team will go on a designated path through the Howl Zone on its way to the stadium and the locker room about two hours before kickoff.

Tailgating
UNM says first and foremost that its rules are subject to change, and that UNM Police and officials reserve the right to enforce them. In general, the idea is, to quote UNM, “to accentuate the pageantry of college football by providing a wholesome atmosphere for fans of all ages.” Call UNM athletics at 925-5014 for more information and interpretation of that.

Tailgating vehicles must park within lane markings and there will be no saving of parking spots.

All consumers of alcohol must be of legal drinking age. No glass bottles are permitted, as is any common source item such as a party ball or keg. No alcohol may be brought into the stadium.

For those using barbecue or gas grills, they must be set on level ground and protected against being hit or knocked over. Grills cannot be used:

• inside tents, under building overhangs or within 15 feet of buildings;

• within 25 feet of vehicles or other gas-fueled equipment;

• near open windows, doors or building air intakes.

UNM encourages common-sense safety measures (keep kids away, make certain the grill is attended at all times). Call UNM Police (277-2241) if a fire, injury or other emergency occurs.

Merchandise
On “Game Day Fridays” before a home game, the Lobo Den Store and the UNM Bookstore will run specials on “Lobo Wear and Spirit items.”

On Game Day, the Lobo Den Store at the Pit also opens three hours before kickoff. It is located next to the Lobo Ticket Office in the Pit.

Once the gates open, fans also can purchase Lobo merchandise at two locations inside the stadium — in the northeast and northwest corners.

Once you’re in
The gates to Branch Field at University Stadium also will open 90 minutes before the game. Everyone must have a ticket for admission, and once you exit the stadium you can’t re-enter unless it’s an emergency.

You can’t bring:

• Food or beverages. Exceptions made for babies/small children, elderly and fans with medical conditions

• Cans or bottles

• Alcohol

• Baby seats

• Balloons

• Beach balls

• Coolers

• Explosives, fireworks, illegal drugs, weapons

• Fireworks

• Folding chairs

• Laser pointers

• Artificial noisemakers (horns, drums, bells, whistles, etc.) per Mountain West Conference rules

• Pets (except service animals assisting those with disabilities)

• Any other item that in the judgment of game management staff poses a safety hazard or detracts from the ability of others to enjoy the event. Prohibited items must be returned to the owner’s vehicle or discarded. Any unlawful items are subject to confiscation, and the person in possession of such items is subject to ejection from the stadium and /or arrest.

You may bring:

• Bags of reasonable size (as determined by event staff), but all bags will be searched.

• Banners and signs provided they are of reasonable size (as determined by event staff) and contain no advertising, offensive material or language. Signs cannot obstruct the view of other fans.

• Cameras (still frame)

• Chairback seats, provided they aren’t larger than 11-by-18 inches. They will be checked at the gate. Chairbacks also are for sale on the concourse for $5 per game. All proceeds go to the UNM baseball and spirit programs.

• Strollers if they are collapsible and fit under your seat.

Elevators
There are two elevators on the west side of University Stadium near gate 3.

Field admittance
Only team personnel, media and credentialed event management staff are authorized to be on the field before, during or after the game. Anyone going onto the field without proper authorization is subject to expulsion from the stadium and could face prosecution. This also applies to anyone throwing objects onto the field or in the stands.

Police/EMT/First Aid
The Command Post is located on the concourse level at the north end of the stadium near gate 5. First aid, lost and found and lost children are located here. The phone number is 925-5506. Contact any usher or ticket taker wearing an Event Staff shirt, and they will be able to summon help.

Lost Children
Will be taken to the Command Post at the north end of the stadium near Gate 5.  Parents and/or guardians  should contact the nearest law enforcement officer or event staff member. Lost children w

Lost and found
At the Command Post located on the concourse level at the north end of the stadium near gate 5. Call 925-5506 during games, or UNM Police at 277-2241 during the week.

Smoking
Allowed only in designated areas in the southwest (near Gate 1) and southeast corners (near Gate 9) of University Stadium.

Wheelchair seating
There are roughly 200 spaces in the stadium, located on the upper west concourse level, the east mid-concourse level and at the north end. Wheelchair spaces on the west side of the stadium can be reached by the elevator on the west side of the press box. Spaces on the north side are on ground level. Tickets are available by calling at 925-5626.

Will Call
Located at the northeast corner of the stadium at Gate 7 for the general public, player guests, high school coaches and visiting teams.

— This article appeared on page B7 of the Albuquerque Journal

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