RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- The Nevada football team’s home opener on Saturday against UC Davis is billed as Chris Ault Night.
There will be a pre-game dedication ceremony scheduled to honor Ault at Mackay Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. at Mackay and stadium gates open at 4 p.m. With the ceremony for Ault, who had a 41-year career as a player, coach and administrator at Nevada, scheduled to begin approximately 25 minutes before kickoff, fans are encouraged to arrive early.
A large crowd is expected with more than 22,000 tickets sold or distributed at the open of business on Friday and fans still buying or renewing their season tickets for the six-game home schedule this year. Game and season tickets are still available by calling (775) 784-6900 or visiting NevadaWolfPack.com.
The game will not be televised but is available for free via the new Mountain West Network as the school will broadcast the bulk of its non-televised sporting events for free online at www.NevadaWolfPack.TV beginning this year. The broadcast begins at 5:30 p.m. and is also available on select mobile devices
The Wolf Pack Radio Network (Flagship: ESPN Radio 94.5 FM) will be on location in front of the Petersen Academic Center with its pre-game show beginning at 4:30 p.m. with Ryan Radtke, Chris Vargas and News 4's own Alyx Sacks.
Other new features at Wolf Pack games this year:
-The fence surrounding the playing surface has been cut in half and covered with banners highlighting championship teams and postseason appearances in school history.
-New banners near the Zonie section highlighting Wolf Pack Legends like Marion Motley, Nate Burleson, Colin Kaepernick and others.
-The annual Running of the Wolves where 1,000 University freshmen will lead the team on to the field before the game.
-New pyrotechnics when the team enters the stadium.
-A new AM radio station – 1670 AM – to help fans with traffic information, parking and other gameday advisories.
-The free Sierra Spirit shuttle will have extended hours and will run until midnight on gamedays.
-Saturday is also High School Band Day with more than 400 area high school band members performing at halftime.