In Greg Byrne’s weekly email dispatch to Arizona Wildcats fans last week, he noted that the ongoing McKale Center renovation is unlikely to be finished until mid-November.
He told me that enough of the arena’s lower-bowl interior work will be completed by September so that the UA volleyball team can play there. What remains uncertain is when McKale can again house 14,545 basketball fans.
So what about the Red-Blue Game, typically played in mid-October, which has become one of Tucson’s must-see sporting events and one of Sean Miller’s go-to recruiting weekends?
It would be a perfect opportunity for Byrne to stage the Red-Blue Game outside, at Arizona Stadium, draw 25,000 fans (or more) and create national headlines.
The UA football team doesn’t play at Arizona Stadium from Oct. 11 to Nov. 8. The average high temperature in Tucson on Oct. 25 (a Saturday) is 82 degrees. And it rarely rains in October.
Can you imagine the mania if the preseason No. 1-ranked Wildcats were to play a night basketball game at Arizona Stadium that weekend?