Big Blue Update for July 15th

Summertime may be slow time for Utah State athletics, but Ken Beazer continues to deliver the latest on any and all Aggie news to quench the thirst of Aggie fans. In this week's BBC update, Beazer talks about BBC Membership, football honors and gatherings, Women's basketball and season ticket sales.

2002-03 BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
USU's Athletics Department recently released the 2002-03 men's basketball schedule.
http://utahstateaggies.ocsn.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/070802aaa.html

PRESEASON FOOTBALL HONORS
The Football News released its list of preseason honors and tabbed three Aggies, led by Kevin Curtis, who was named to their preseason All-American third team.
http://utahstateaggies.ocsn.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/070802aaa.html

BBC MATCHING FUNDS
For many of you, doubling your donation to the Big Blue Club may be as easy as a visit to your employer's Human Resource Department.  Many employers have a policy to match their employees' gifts to charitable entities and all you need to do is fill out a form for a matched gift.  Your effort to inquire with your current employer regarding a matching gift could net a sizeable increase in your donation.  If you would like more information, please contact me at beazerk@cc.usu.edu.

CURRENT BBC MEMBERSHIP OUTSIDE CACHE VALLEY
Several have inquired about updated numbers for BBC members outside of the Cache Valley.  Following is a list of the five major counties along the Wasatch Front with the respective membership numbers from 2002 and 2001.

County          2002    2001
Box Elder       36      34
Weber           17      7
Davis           46      48
SLC             42      68
Utah            6       8
Total           147     166

FOOTBALL GATHERING IN LAYTON
If you have yet to do so, mark your calendars for the evening of Wednesday, July 31, for the football kick off BBQ/dinner to be held in Layton.  Mick Dennehy has committed to be there to field questions about the upcoming season.  The event is being arranged by several Aggies in the Layton area and more details will be forwarded when they become available.

NO FOOTBALL GATHERING IN OGDEN FOR 2002
In the last BBC Update I inquired about interest in a preseason football gathering to be held in the Ogden area.  Due to the close proximity of the scheduled event in Layton on July 31, many felt it would be best not to hold two similar events so close together; therefore, there will not be a preseason football gathering in Ogden this year.  However, this does not preclude us from doing something of a similar nature in the near future in Weber County.  Once again, we encourage suggestions to sponsor Aggie events along the Wasatch Front.

FOOTBALL SINGLE-GAME TICKETS
Single-game tickets for 2002 football season will go on sale August 12.  This will be the first date that individuals can cherry-pick games to attend.  Obviously, the Athletics Department is making a push to sell out the reserved seating on the west side of Romney Stadium before it can be infiltrated by our opponents' fans.

UTAH STARZZ AND USU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
All BBC members north of Utah County should have already received in the mail an invitation to "A Night With The Starzz" on August 9, 2002.  The event will feature a pre-game banquet with former Starzz players and Utah State University's head women's basketball coach, Raegan Scott-Pebley, followed by the Utah Starzz hosting defending WNBA Champion, Los Angeles Sparks.  Cost for the event is $30 and seating is limited.  Call Heidi at 435-797-2583 for more information.

NEBRASKA TICKETS
USU's Ticket Office has yet to receive the tickets for the Nebraska game.  Nebraska has indicated that we can expect the tickets to arrive in late July or early August.  Those who have purchased tickets can expect to receive them in the mail shortly after the Athletics Department receives them.  As a point of interest, nearly 700 tickets for the Nebraska game have been purchased through USU's Ticket Office.

CURRENT SEASON TICKET SALES
Several have inquired about the current status of season ticket sales for the upcoming football season.  Season ticket sales to date are slightly ahead of last year's pace, with the majority of the outstanding renewals being in the "general admission" sections.  Priority Seating sales are going well and the push now is for group sales.

SEASON TICKETS ON-LINE
Starting today, football season tickets can be purchased on line.
http://store.fansonly.com/ust/store.cfm?store_id=91
 


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