By ERIC TABER
Right around the first of August every summer, Montanans start to turn their attention from soaking in the sun on Flathead Lake or hitting the golf course, to Montana’s autumn tradition: Griz football.
This year Montana season ticket holders will be able to get a jump on the fall season at the first-ever Griz football ticket pickup party, scheduled from 3-6 p.m. on August 10 at the Adams Center ticket office on the University of Montana campus.
The first-time event is sponsored by Karl Tyler Chevrolet and Cadillac.
Not only will Griz fans get their hands on this year’s season tickets before anyone else, they will also get the chance to meet UM staff, Monte and also have a snack during their trip to the Adams Center
“This is a great opportunity for those fans that are in or around Missoula to get their tickets, and get pumped up for football season,” said UM Senior Associate Athletic Director Greg Sundberg.
“It’s also a time for our staff to thank our fans as they come pick up their tickets. We have such tremendous support from Griz nation, it’s a small way for us to say thank you for all they do for us.”
Hoops fans will also be able to purchase their Griz and Lady Griz basketball season tickets and three-game mini-packs at the ticket pickup party. With the beginning of a new era in Lady Griz basketball on tap, and an all-DI home slate lined up for Coach DeCuire and the Griz, the 2016-17 basketball season is shaping up to be one of the best yet.
Weather it’s a GSA tailgate party outside Washington-Grizzly stadium (or at many of Montana’s away games) or one of the many Griz-Cat watch parties all around the globe, Griz fans have long gathered to support their favorite football team. This is just one more opportunity to gather and get ready for that great Montana tradition.
“We’re going to have music, treats and beverages for those that stop by, and if their switch hasn’t turned over to football season, it will on August 10,” added Sundberg.
For those fans around the state and around the nation who can’t make it to the ticket pickup party, fret not. Season tickets will be sent in the mail as usual.