Tens of Thousands of Tickets Remain For UTEP and Army Football Game
On Saturday, the UTEP football team will play its biggest home game off the season against the Army Black Knights. Just how big is the first ever meeting between the two schools? The Miners began a marketing campaign in the middle of May which included the slogan "One City. One Team".
UTEP is working with Fort Bliss to provide the best fan experience prior to, during, and following the game. In their weekly game release, UTEP included all of things that will be available for fans.
• Army static displays all around the stadium during the pregame festivities, including an M1 Abrams Tank, Bradley Fighting Vehicle, Patriot Missile Launcher, M1117 Armored Security Vehicle and M1135 NBC Reconnaissance Vehicle.
• All fans will receive either a red, white or blue rally towel that will produce a spectacular patriotic “stripe out” of the stadium.
• Commemorative military ID tags will also be given to the first 20,000 fans.
• A field-sized American flag for the National Anthem and an Apache Helicopter flyover with a Parachute Jump Team delivering the game ball.
• The unified coin toss will include representatives from Fort Bliss, El Paso, UTEP and West Point. A Fort Bliss soldier who won in competition at the Warrior Games will carry the “Miner Pick” and lead the Miners from the tunnel onto the field.
• Special military video tributes and a combined halftime performance by the UTEP and Fort Bliss (1AD) band along with the USO Show Troop.
• After the game, fans can come onto the field and enjoy a special firework display.
With everything UTEP and the Army is teaming up to deliver to fans, you would expect the game to be close to a sellout. Instead, tens of thousands of tickets remain just five days before the Black Knights and Miners square off at the Sun Bowl.
All of the unsold seats (blue dots) do not include the thousands of general admission tickets still available or the four sections that make up the UTEP student seats. Ticketmaster does not offer tickets in the student sections (18-21) and there is no way to confirm how many of those seats have been issued. Why have El Paso fans not already gobbled up the majority of tickets to the Army game weeks in advance? The reason is that they have plenty of options for their entertainment dollar this Saturday night.
Most soldiers stationed at Fort Bliss and all West Point alumni in the area will be attending the game. Sections 24-26 at the Sun Bowl will be full of Army supporters. In fact, the atmosphere might even resemble home game for the Black Knights with possibly thousands of their supporters in attendance. It will be an emotional game for Army, since sophomore cornerback Brandon Jackson died in an automobile accident early Sunday morning. The Black Knights are off to a 2-0 start with impressive wins over Temple and Rice. The Miners are hoping to deal Army their first loss of the season, but they will have their work cut out for them, especially if they feel like the visiting team in their own stadium.