The University of Arizona

Game One: Wildcats vs. Lumberjacks

Arizona Athletics | August 28, 2013

The Wildcats, who have 10 straight wins against NAU, will take on the Lumberjacks in the Aug. 30 football season opener.

The Wildcats will take on the Lumberjacks Aug. 30 for the first time since the teams met Sept. 3, 2011 in Tucson. In 2011, the Wildcats took the game, 41-10. (Photo credit: Beatriz Verdugo/UANews)
The Wildcats will take on the Lumberjacks Aug. 30 for the first time since the teams met Sept. 3, 2011 in Tucson. In 2011, the Wildcats took the game, 41-10. (Photo credit: Beatriz Verdugo/UANews)

The Arizona Wildcats will take on the Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks in Friday night's football season opener at Arizona Stadium.

The Aug. 30 game kicks off at 7 p.m. and will be the first-ever weekday opener at Arizona Stadium, which has a new look this fall following an 18-month makeover.

The Lowell-Stevens Football Facility opened its doors in July to Wildcat football operations, and Friday's crowd will be the first to test the acoustics of the stadium's new 360-degree bowl effect.

Going into Friday's game, Arizona has the all-time lead over NAU at 11-1, with 10 straight wins against the Lumberjacks.

While it's uncommon for the Wildcats to start their season as early as August, the team has done very well in games held during that month. In fact, Arizona is unbeaten this century in all games held in August. Coach Rich Rodriguez will look to keep the streak perfect as he coaches his first August game.

Also of note for Arizona football this year:

  • The Arizona Stadium's natural grass was replaced by FieldTurf CoolPlay over the summer.
  • The Wildcats will take to the field in redesigned uniforms.
  • Head coach Rich Rodriguez closed his second training camp without publically naming a starting quarterback, but no matter who gets the nod, it will be a newbie to take the full-time controls.
  • Rodriguez is once again hosting weekly radio shows, during which fans will have a chance to win game tickets and an autographed football. Fans can attend in person or listen live in Tucson on KCUB 1290-AM and in Phoenix on Fox Sports 910-AM.

The next game will be against the University of Las Vegas Rebels in Las Vegas on Sept. 7. The next home game, on Sept. 14, will be against University of Texas at Austin Roadrunners.

Contacts

Molly O’Mara 

Arizona Athletics 

520-621-4283

momara@arizona.edu