Excitement surrounds Nevada's first home game of season

RENO, Nev (KOLO) -- There were several tailgating scenes throughout the multiple parking lots at the University of Nevada.

"We have been waiting a long time for something like this," said Dave "Crazy Dave" Kretchman, Wolf Pack fan.

Many fans showed up in large groups to tailgate before the game. Some have been doing it for a long time.

"We have been doing it since the day I quit playing. We all love the University of Nevada," said Steve Hixson, Wolf Pack fan.

Others wear their love for the university on their four-wheel drives.

"I'm a Nevada guy. I'm Silver and Blue and this is an old truck and I knew years ago that I wanted it," said Kretchman.

When it comes to tailgating, mostly everything is the same. But this year there is a new feeling circulating through the air, excitement. Wolf Pack fans are energized by the possibility of what this season can be.

"New coach and the players seem to respond very well to him and I like what I see. The vibe in the parking lot is top-notch. You all have to come out," said Chris Feist, Wolf Pack fan.

The Jay Norvell era is the source of most of that excitement. Fans are pleased with his selection and what he can bring to Nevada.

"I think he's going to take this program real far and I think UNR has real high hopes for him and I think he's going to accommodate to that," said Dean Peralta, Wolf Pack fan.

"I played for Chris Ault. If Chris Ault thinks he's worthy of a job, then I do too,” said Hixson.

More than 18,000 fans attended the game and the support didn't go unnoticed.

"I was really proud of our atmosphere here and I think our kids fed off of it. We can't wait to come back and play again,” said Jay Norvell, Wolf Pack’s Head Coach.