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Zona Zoo road trips to SoCal

Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Wildcat

The Wildcats downed the Lumberjacks 34-17 Saturday night at Arizona Stadium.
Mike Christy
Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Wildcat The Wildcats downed the Lumberjacks 34-17 Saturday night at Arizona Stadium.

Zona Zoo will be loading up onto buses for the second road trip of the year this weekend, so students can attend the UA football game against University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Last week, UA students traveled to Tempe, Ariz., to a watch the Wildcats defeat the

Arizona State University Sun Devils, and this weekend 100 registered students will make the trip to California to cheer on the Wildcats. Although students were able to purchase their tickets through the Zona Zoo Crew for last weekend’s game, they were not provided transportation.

Not only do students get to watch the game, but they also will be provided with many other items during the trip, organizers said.

“”Each student paid $60 for the price of the ticket and Zona Zoo covered all other costs,”” said Luke De Vogelaere, media and communications director for Zona Zoo and a pre-business sophomore.

Along with the ticket itself, students will receive transportation by bus, a T-shirt made specifically for the road trip and snacks while driving to the game and back, he said.

The “”road trippers”” will meet outside of McKale Center at 1 a.m. on Saturday.

Before a student could purchase a ticket to this weekend’s game, they had to sign a liability form, said Christina Searby, a math senior and programming director of Zona Zoo Crew.

“”Students could choose to take the bus or provide their own transportation, and those who chose the bus option had to sign a liability form saying that they would adhere to all university policies, that they must meet at the specified times or else they will not get on the bus, and that university is not responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur on the bus,”” she said.

Students have also been told they cannot leave the bus once they have gotten on.

The road trip will have two chaperones from the Dean of Students Office, Searby said, to ensure that students follow the rules.

The purpose of the road trip is to cheer on the athletes, but also to give students the opportunity to see other schools, other stadiums and the size of the students sections at other universities, she said.

“”Road trips are positive experiences. We want there to be a mini Zona Zoo section wherever they (the athletes) go,”” she said. “”Also, students get to see how small other student sections really are.””

Zona Zoo members said they plan to continue the road trip tradition, which dates back to 2006.

“”The next one will be in January for the UA vs. ASU basketball game,”” Searby said, “”and tickets will go on sale sometime after we get back from break.””

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