Aug 30, 2014 1:34 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Tailgaters kick off Arizona Wildcats football season

TUCSON - Arizona tailgaters kicked off the Wildcats football season with passion despite being a weekday.

Summer Leon makes a pinata of the other team's mascot for every game.

"Lots of weeks, lots of patience, lots of pictures," she said.

Tim Abeyta rolled in a full barbecue to cook tritip for his tailgate party on the Mall.

"It's a little bit of mesquite, a little bit of local flavors," he said. "Just having a good time here down at the U of A Wildcat football game."

Former linebacker Jake Fischer was enjoying his first game after a 4-year career on the field.

"It's going to be a little hard," he said. "Especially at the beginning of the game when the fireworks go off. But, you know, I gave everything I had to the university. I can't wait to see how these guys do and I'm excited."


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