If you are attending college, but not attending any sporting events, you’re missing out. Whether you’re a sports fanatic or just bored of a night, University of Wyoming sporting events can be a great time. Some die-hards might say that every UW sports event is worth going to, but for normal college students, here are 10 events throughout the year that you absolutely don’t want to miss.
1. Go to a Border War
The battle for the “Bronze Boot”. If you are only going to go to one event all year, pick a Border War. Usually the basketball and football games draw the biggest crowds, but this rivalry with Colorado State runs deep across all sports. Every fall for the football game, the two schools’ ROTC detachments carry the “Bronze Boot” to the host school as a ritual.
2. Homecoming Football Game
The Homecoming football game each october is always worth showing up for. Regardless of the quality of UW’s football team, alumni flood into Laramie to help pack the stands. Not only is the football game usually a good time, but events throughout the week, such as the parade, make this a special week. Tailgaters show up hours before kickoff, and if the Cowboys win, Laramie is one big celebration.
3. Pack the Arena for Cowboy Senior Night
All basketball games in the newly renovated Arena-Auditorium make for a special experience, but other than the Border War, circle this final home game on your calendar. These Senior Nights are always special, and they always seem to bring an extra layer of emotion and excitement. This year’s Senior Night is a conference game against San Jose State on March 4, 2017.
4. Home-opening Football Game
You could have been the worst team in the country the previous year, but there would still be a huge feeling of optimism at the first home game. This game is usually a packed venue, and the student section is something you need to see firsthand. Also, there aren’t that many late summer days during the school year. So even if you’re not a huge football fan, get out there and enjoy a sunny football game.
5. Go to a Wrestling Dual vs. a Ranked Opponent
Wrestling may be the most consistently successful program at UW over the past 10 years. Head Coach Mark Branch has an 80-38 overall record in his nine seasons with the Cowboys. Wyoming is also returning Cheyenne-native Bryce Meredith, who was the first NCAA Finalist from UW since 1996. According to NCAA rankings, the Cowboys have several duals this year against nationally ranked opponents, including # 5 Oklahoma State (Away), #11 Oklahoma (Away), #12 Nebraska, #17 Iowa State, #21 South Dakota State, and #22 Oregon State. Home duals take place in the UniWyo Sports Complex (in Fieldhouse North).
6. Make it to the Basketball Game vs. a Ranked Opponent
There tends to be at least one Mountain West basketball team to crack the top 25 or higher each year. In recent memory, it’s been teams like San Diego State and UNLV that roll into Laramie ranked. Quality of teams aside, UW always has a massive advantage against teams that come from sea level to play at the 7,220 feet of the AA. UW has had multiple court-storming wins over the last five years, and you absolutely want to be there for one of those.
7. Give the Volleyball Team a Great Sendoff
If you’ve never been to a UW Volleyball game, it’s about time. How high these ladies jump and how hard they hit the ball is truly impressive. If you only go to one, you might as well go to the Cowgirls’ Senior Night, which is against Boise State this year on November 18, 2017. Show these ladies your appreciation for their four-year commitment.
8. Catch a Conference Track Meet
UW hosts two conference meets this year—one indoor and one outdoor. Even if track isn’t your favorite sport, these conference meets give you the chance to see some of the best athletes in the Mountain West. Sprints, long distance, throws, or jumps—whatever it is, these athletes are impressive to watch. The two conference meets in Laramie are the Rocky Mountain Classic (Feb. 17, 2017) and the 7220 Invite (April 28, 2017).
9. Go to a Cowgirls Basketball Game
There are obviously a lot of games during the season, but sometimes it’s easier to decide which game to go to when you get to know who the good teams are. For now, the recommendation would be to go to the Cowgirls’ final home game on Feb. 28, 2017. Not only will it be the seniors’ last home game, but they are playing rival CSU, who are 22nd in the preseason AP poll.
10. Home Opener in the “Dome of Doom”
Ever since the Arena-Auditorium was renovated and tagged as the “Dome of Doom,” home basketball games have been a different experience. Flames coming out the top of the backboards, new and more comfortable seating, and a relocated student section are all some of the new features. Plus, you know UW is going to put on the best show it possibly can for the first game of the year in the AA. This year, the home opener will be played March 4, 2017.
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