- $7 for one ticket to see the University of Arizona women’s gymnastics home opener, a quad meet featuring Illinois-Chicago, Sacramento State, and Wisconsin-Stout (up to a $16 value)
- When: Friday, January 16, at 7 p.m.
- Where: McKale Center
- Seating: General admission
- Door time: 6 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Parking is free.
Season tickets are also available on the Arizona Wildcats website for $20.
The Scouting Report
Through 2014, the Wildcats women’s gymnastics team had vaulted into the regional championships every season for 26 straight years—longer than any of its current members have been alive. In January, the squad sets out to build on the school’s storied tradition with its first of five home events this season: a quad meet featuring Illinois-Chicago, Sacramento State, and Wisconsin-Stout. The Wildcats enter the new season with an experienced roster that includes 11 returning gymnasts. They once again follow the lead of head coach Bill Ryden, who guided the Wildcats to the regional championships in each of his first 15 seasons at the helm.
University of Arizona Wildcats
Over the years, the University of Arizona’s athletic teams have been linked together by one phrase: “bear down.” Now the official battle cry of the Wildcats, those were the dying words of an iconic student-athlete, John “Button” Salmon, who died in 1926 after a fatal car accident. Since then, the phrase has stood behind countless milestone moments, such as when Lute Olson, in 1983, became the 11th head coach of the Wildcats men’s basketball team, setting off a string of 25 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances—including a national title in 1997. Several other national titles belong to Arizona outside of the hardwood, including four from the men’s baseball team and eight from the women’s softball program. Every fall inside Arizona Stadium, the Wildcats football team rouses up to 56,000 fans with hard-hitting Pac-12 showdowns, by far the most popular event on campus behind the linguistics department’s weekly phonetics bee.