By MACLANE HEWARD
The BYU Alumni Association is inviting Cougar fans to come cheer on the football team and participate in other activities on Sept. 8 at the historic Rose Bowl stadium.
The Cougars will be playing the UCLA Bruins on the afternoon of Sept. 8.
The weekend will include a Friday night fireside, pre-game tailgate party and the BYU vs. UCLA football game.
The Friday night firesides have become a tradition with the BYU football team. Coach Bronco Mendenhall instigated this tradition soon after becoming head football coach at BYU.
These firesides are held before each game and consist of football players addressing the assembled crowd on religious topics. The fireside will be held on Sept. 7 at the LDS meetinghouse at 1101 N. Central Ave., Glendale.
“Our alumni association helps to cultivate the spirit of the Y through various alumni activities,” said Keith Lue, BYU Alumni Activities coordinator. “Tailgate parties prior to games is just one of many ways we express that spirit and strengthen our alumni community.”
Fans can expect entertainment, food, games, music, face painting, a pep rally featuring Cosmo, the BYU Cheer Squad, BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe and President Cecil O. Samuelson.
Meal tickets, for a catered meal from Los Gringos Locos, can be purchased for $25 after Aug. 29, and $20 before Aug. 29. For meal ticket purchases, visit http://lanorth.aa.byu.edu.
Fans will gather at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday just northwest of the Rose Bowl stadium near the visitor’s entrance for a pre-game tailgate.
Nearly 2,000 fans are expected to gather at the pre-game tailgate, Lue said. “Several thousand more are expected to fill the stadium and enjoy the game.”