U-N-R President Milton Glick says it's important for fans from Las Vegas to feel welcome. He says he wants U-N-L-V fans to say that when they visit Reno, they are really treated well everywhere except on the football field.
Glick said he, athletic director Cary Growth and coach Chris Ault called the news conference at Mackay Stadium today as part of "a big all-out effort this year to create that fan-friendly atmosphere."
A sellout or near-capacity crowd is expected for Saturday's 1:05 p.m. game at Mackay Stadium, the scene of some past hostilities between the two rivals.
In 2003, then UNLV coach John Robinson was struck in the head by a plastic bottle thrown by a fan from the stands as his team left the field after a 16-12 victory. The fan was arrested and Robinson was unharmed.
In 1995, there were two on-field brawls, 25 ejections and six arrests.