AND its rivalry week, and with the spirit of the game Athletic Directors Tom Holmoe and Utah’s Mark Harlan have sent out a message to both teams saying:
Dear Rivalry Fans,
As the athletics directors at Utah and BYU, We are teaming up to ask our fans to treat each other and this game with the respect it deserves as one of the longest rivalr series in the country.
These are two great universities. Families and fans on both sides deserve a positive experience within and around Rice-Eccles Stadium. There is incredible tradition, passion and excitement surrounding the Utah-BYU rivalry, so let’s make it fun for all as we cheer on our respective teams.
Please enjoy pre-game activities responsibly and be nice to your “neighbors” in the stadium. Remember safety is in everyone’s best interest and it our top priority.
Two great football programs will battle it out on the turf on Saturday in a rivalry that has spanned nearly a 100 years. Let’s all join together to keep the battle on the field where it belongs and celebrate just how special the rivalry is!
Mark Harlan, Utah AD and Tom Holmoe, BYU AD