'Titans' kicks off Super wildcat weekend
“Super Wildcat Weekend” kicks off with a track and field meet and a movie at Arizona Stadium today.
“Super Wildcat Weekend” will include Arizona Athletics events, games and other entertainment for Wildcats and fans alike.
Following the Jim Click Shootout at Drachman Stadium, “Remember the Titans” will be screened at Arizona Stadium. Admission is free, and the doors will open at 6 p.m. The movie will start a half hour later.
Arizona football head coach Rich Rodriguez said “Remember the Titans” is one of his favorite movies.
“It’s a great movie and a great true story,” Rodriguez said. “I’m fond of it too, because [of] being from back East and that kind of general area, and growing up and playing ball a little after when coach [Herman] Boone and that happened.”
The film was released in 2000, so the Wildcats were just kids when it came out.
Still, it is very popular among the group.
“I still remember when I first watched it,” senior safety Jared Tevis said. “It must have come out when I was like 10 or 11 or so, but it’s one of those real good football movies that has a great story about teamwork.”
Attendees must enter through Gate 2 of the stadium. There will be free parking available after 5 p.m. in the surface lots and paid parking in Cherry Avenue Parking Garage.
Sophomore defensive lineman Dwight Melvin said he likes the idea of a movie screening at Arizona Stadium.
“It’s pretty cool that they’re playing it on the big screen,” Melvin said. “Got to be one of the biggest movie theaters in Tucson, or the entire state.”
Based on a true story, “Remember the Titans” stars Denzel Washington as a high school football coach who battles racial discrimination on and off the field. The classic flick won eight awards and was nominated for 17.
Washington won awards for his acting performance from BET and the Black Reel Awards. He was also nominated for “Favorite Actor” in drama at the 2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards.
The Wildcats will play their annual spring game at Arizona Stadium on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m., and there is free admission and parking for both games.
— Luke Della contributed reporting to this article
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