AUSTIN (KXAN) — University of Texas football season kicks off this weekend with some major changes. Here’s what to expect if you’re going to a game.
Senior Associate Athletic Director Drew Martin talked to KXAN about getting ready for game day. He said Longhorns fans will experience everything they’ve always seen and more.
Once fans make their way inside the stadium, here’s what they can expect in terms of the food, the seating and anything new.
“We’ve got the new Tito’s lounge, we’ve got Mighty Fine Burgers in the stadium. We have another local establishment, Southside Pizza in the stadium, the Bud Light Back Forty Bar at Gate 25,” Martin said.
The student section was also moved from the southeast side of the stadium to the northeast corner, and the band was moved too. Martin anticipates the band’s new spot will allow for a louder sound and better atmosphere.
The gates to DKR open at 5 p.m. Here’s a breakdown of how the day’s events will unfold.
What to do if you’re caught in a weather delay
Troy Kimmel, a professor at UT and a weather advisor for both UT athletics and Austin FC, discussed what to do in the case of a weather delay, which given the recent weather pattern, is certainly possible.
Wednesday’s match at Q2 Stadium between Austin FC and the Portland Timbers was delayed by about two hours due to storms and lightning going through the area.
Kimmel said it’s a “collaborative effort,” and while his role is “advisory in nature,” his opinion is held in high regard and folks typically listen to him and other weather experts.
Fans should go to the mezzanine and concourse levels to seek protection from lightning associated with storms that pass over DKR. Kimmel advised against people going out to their cars during weather delays and to stay inside the stadium since that’s where it’s safest, he said.
For the home opener, everything starts at 2 p.m. The timing for pregaming at each home game depends on what time kickoff is, so keep that in mind when planning. Click here to view a schedule.
Bevo Boulevard will be open with a giant slide for kids, a 180-foot zipline, a dozen food trucks and more.
Longhorns City Limits will feature Charley Crockett. Bevo, UT’s mascot, will come in around 4 p.m., then the team comes around 4:30 p.m.