Marching band uniforms unveiled

The UTSA Marching Band unveiled their uniforms for the inaugural 2011 season tonight.

Keep in mind that there are still going to be a few minor changes in the uniform before the football season, including a shade brighter orange (to make it look less like the burnt orange team up I-35). Also, he’s wearing black gloves, but the band will be wearing navy gloves to match the rest of the uniform.


Info on inaugural spring game

Here’s some new info on the Spring Game on April 9 from an e-mail sent out by the Athletic department:

The UTSA football team has been going through their first-ever spring practices.  Believe it or not, the inaugural Spring Game is less than 2 weeks away on April 9 in the Alamodome.  Make sure you come to check out the team and don’t forget to buy your season tickets before April 15 to be part of the initial seat selection! Here are some more details on the Spring Game:

  • It is FREE and open to everyone
  • Game time is at 2 pm and doors will open at 1 pm
  • Concession stands will be open during the game
  • Parking lots A and B will be open and the cost will be $5 per spot
  • The Fiesta Carnival will be taking place in lot C
  • NO TAILGATING WILL BE ALLOWED in the parking lots
  • There will be a post-game autograph session with the players on the field

Football program to kick off spring drills on Saturday

UTSA will kick off its first-ever spring season on Saturday at Dub Farris Stadium. The Roadrunners will practice a total of 14 times beginning March 5 through the inaugural spring game, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 9, at the Alamodome. Included in that total are three scrimmages at Farris Stadium, which are slated for March 11, March 28 and April 4. All non-scrimmage workouts will be closed and scrimmage times will be posted on the day before it is scheduled.

via Football program to kick off spring drills on Saturday – goUTSAcom: Official website of The University of Texas at San Antonio Athletics Department.

Dan McCarney stated (see UTSA Beat notebook) that all of the open scrimmages are scheduled for 7 am at Farris Stadium.

Check out our updated Future Schedules page for the practice/scrimmage schedule as well as other notable events and games in 2011.


Comparing UTSA and Georgia State football

There has been some recent discussion about attendance figures for UTSA’s first season of football and Georgia State is a program that has been thrown around for comparison for a while now, and for good reason. There are a lot of similarities between the two programs, including:

Both teams play in large indoor facilities in large cities (Alamodome, San Antonio; Georgia Dome, Atlanta). Both programs brought in big name head coaches (Larry Coker, Bill Curry). Both schools are within driving distance of major FBS programs (Univ. of Texas, Univ. of Georgia). Both schools have just over 30,000 students.

However, there are quite a few differences as well: San Antonio’s population is 1,306,300, while Atlanta’s is just over 40% of that at 540,922. Atlanta is also the home of FBS-program Georgia Tech, as well as professional teams in all four major sports, while the Spurs are the only major team in San Antonio. Georgia State has elected to stay in the FCS, while UTSA has already been accepted to the WAC and the FBS. Georgia State had celebrated its 50th anniversary before UTSA was even founded (1913/1969).

With all that being said, the only area that I think that UTSA is behind in would be alumni interest, since we’ve been in existence for less than half the time as Georgia State. Otherwise, it seems like all signs point to UTSA having as much, if not more, success than Georgia State experienced this past season.

Georgia State was able to draw 30,000 fans to their first game, which was played on a Thursday evening at the same time as an Atlanta Braves home game. Coker and the athletic department have said repeatedly that UTSA expects to draw at least 45,000 and possibly sell out the Alamodome. I think that number is extremely plausible considering the larger population of San Antonio and what will likely be a Saturday game. The only thing I can think of that could drop our number by more than 1000 or so would be if the Longhorns game in Austin against Rice were played at the same time, since a lot of college football fans in San Antonio might prefer to go to the game in Austin or stay home and watch it on TV, while two other games that could have an impact on our attendance are SMU @ A&M and Texas State @ Texas Tech. There are many fans in agreement that we should try to avoid scheduling our opener at the same time as these games, but either way I think the estimate of 45,000 would definitely be possible.