We are still a week away from UCLA Football’s home opener against Texas A&M, so the Bruins will use Sunday to get used to the new conditions at the Rose Bowl.
We are just seven days away from the first kickoff of the season for the UCLA Football team and today they will simulate that game day experience at the Rose Bowl as they kick game preparations into high gear.
The Bruins will be heading to Pasadena to walk through every little detail in regards to how they prepare for their home games at one of the best stadiums in the nation. The Bruins will be putting on their new Under Armour uniforms, suiting up in new locker rooms and get to experience the newest (and possibly the most important) change in the off-season: switching to the shady side of the Rose Bowl.
Before this season, UCLA had always occupied the east sideline. During certain times of the day, the sun beats down on that side while the opposing team sits in the shade.
This season, the Bruins will be in the shade, giving them a bigger advantage as they get to stay cool and out of the sun, which is important during those early season home games where temperatures could get above 9O degrees.
With that, the student section will also have to move as their old area (northeast side) would be behind the visitor’s sideline. The student section will now be situated behind the north end zone, and closer to the UCLA side.
Though those conditions cannot be duplicated until game day, the Bruins will run through what can be duplicated.
UCLA will even warmup in a different location. Per Ben Bolch of the L.A. Times, ” UCLA coach Jim Mora said his team would even warm up in a different spot Sunday while simulating as many game-day conditions as possible one week before playing Texas A&M.” Things will look a bit different when fans get to the Rose Bowl next Sunday, but it should be worth it.
So far, only three home games have scheduled kickoff times: Texas A&M (9/3, 4:30 p.m.), Hawaii (9/9, 2 p.m.) and Cal (11/24, 7:30 p.m.). UCLA will also have home games against Colorado, Oregon and Arizona State.