RENO, NV - Mackay Stadium will be the hottest seat in town Saturday as the Wolf Pack takes on Southern Utah University in the first home game of the season. Friday, everyone on and around campus was getting ready for the start of football season. 20,000 fans will pack Mackay stadium for the game, but ahead of kickoff, there is a lot of preparation and a lot of fanfare that marks the start of football season.
The Nevada Wolf Pack Marching Band was practicing the Wolf Pack fight song Friday afternoon. "We don't get to take any breaks," said Will Plenk, director of the marching band.
They've been training for the first game for weeks and Saturday, the game day routine starts at 6am.
"We are 180 members this year which we know is the biggest in recent history, possibly the biggest the band has ever been," said Plenk.
The Pack's loudest band ever will greet 20,000 fans at Saturday's game.
"it is always exciting to get to football season," said Mike Samuels, Nevada Assistant Athletic Director.
Fans will be cheering on what looks to be a promising team. "I think they are looking well. Expectations are high and the team is expecting a lot from themselves," said Samuels.
"It's extremely important and it is something that we are trying to instill as far as the importance of football goes," said Jake Periera, ASUN President.
Freshman fans will get to run out on the field at Saturday's game. It's an effort to get them pumped and filled with Pack pride.
"I mean it's one of the only times where the entire Reno community and the student body has a chance to come together, centered around the Nevada Wolf Pack," said Periera.
The support of the team was evident 24 hours before the game. The Nevada Wolf Shop saw fans loading up on logowear so they can turn Mackay Stadium blue on Saturday.