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ZonaZoo 101: Your guide to the UA’s student sports section

Valentina Martinelli
Valentina Martinelli / Arizona Daily Wildcat Wilbur celebrates with the Zona Zoo on Saturday March 5, 2011.

Welcome to ZonaZoo 101, where you’ll find out exactly what ZonaZoo is, how to get in and, most importantly, how to get the most out of the experience.

ZonaZoo, simply put, is the University of Arizona’s student section. There are more than 12,000 members, making it the largest student section in the Pac-12 Conference, knocking off schools like USC, Washington and even Arizona State University.

More importantly, it’s the only way to get student tickets and offers access to the games you’ll want to see this season.
There are two ways to get tickets to athletic events on campus. You have the option to choose between the “Red” ZonaZoo pass and the “Blue” ZonaZoo pass, and purchasing either pass makes you eligible to get into certain sporting events thoughout the year.

The key word here, though, is eligible.

Just because you have a ZonaZoo pass — which by the way, is your CatCard, so there’s another incentive not to lose the most valuable piece of plastic you’ll get in college — doesn’t mean you’re able to just walk in.

Getting in

ZonaZoo operates on a first-come, first-served basis. For football, the student section is limited to 10,000 fans. For basketball, the number is limited to approximately 2,290. All ZonaZoo passes can be purchased online at under the ZonaZoo tab, by calling 520-621-CATS or by visiting the ticket office at McKale Center. You’ll need your CatCard number as well as your student identification number. They go on sale around the time freshmen orientation begins. So why are there two options for ZonaZoo?

Red ZonaZoo

The “Red” ZonaZoo pass makes you eligible to attend men’s basketball games, which accounts for the difference in price. Here’s a breakdown of the benefits from the “Red” pass:

• Eligibility to get into any regular season, home athletic event
• A free ZonaZoo T-shirt
• An online newsletter from ZonaZoo with information about upcoming events
• Invitations to special ZonaZoo events
• Priority for men’s basketball UA student Holiday Packs and post-season tournament tickets

Blue ZonaZoo

The only thing the “Blue” pass doesn’t have is eligibility to get into men’s basketball games. Otherwise, “Blue” members have the same benefits as “Red” members.

Non ZonaZoo Athletics

If you’re interested in going to sporting events that don’t require you to have a pass, be sure to check out swimming and diving, track and field, cross country, tennis and golf. They are free and open to the public.

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