Thursday, January 22, 2009

Play Up Tour - New Mexico State University

This past weekend Hope Shuler, Director of Media Relations and I went to Las Cruces, New Mexico for the first stop in the Play Up Tour.

Day one of our trip:
Our adventure began on Saturday evening with an uneventful plane ride to El Paso, TX.
It was about an hour and fifteen minutes plane ride. Thankfully we each had our iPods and cell phone games to keep us busy. I am a huge country music fan and Hope is not....we are in a continuous argument over the song 'Come on Get Higher' originally composed by Matt Nathanson. Hope likes his version of the song and I prefer the Sugarland version. I think it sounds better....you be the judge. To hear each version simply click on the artist. I am sure you will agree with my verdict.

After we land in El Paso, it's about a 45 minute car ride to Las Cruces. We alternated the radio stations, one country song then one hip hop song or 80’s song. Although we actually only listened to about 30 seconds of each country song before flipping the station. Hope really hates country. It was dark so unfortunately I can't describe the scenery.

Day two of our trip:
We got up and had the most amazing breakfast burritos from Santa Fe Grill at the PIC Quik gas station. The burrito was so good I refuse to order one at another restaurant for fear of disappointment. After our fantastic breakfast burrito experience we headed over to the Pan Am Center to set up our promotional table. At each Play Up Tour stop we will distribute a promotional item to fans as they enter the arena. NMSU chose pom poms as their item. Fans also had the opportunity to register for a WAC prize pack (includes WAC shirt, hat and some other items). All fans who register for the WAC prize pack are eligible for the grand prize drawing at the end of the tour for a trip for two to the 2009 WAC Basketball Tournament in Reno, NV.




New Meixco State 80 / Fresno State 74




Day three of our trip:
Monday morning we were at the airport at 5am to catch our 6am flight. Talk about an early morning! Thankfully we stayed the night in El Paso so it was a quick drive to the airport.

Well that’s it for our first stop.

This Sunday we have three Play Up Tour stops scheduled:

Sunday, Jan. 25 – San Jose, Calif.
Nevada at San Jose State, 2 p.m.
The first 150 fans in attendance will receive a WAC Play UP t-shirt.

Sunday, Jan. 25 – Boise, Idaho
Louisiana Tech at Boise State, 2 p.m.
The first 500 fans in attendance will receive a pom pom courtesy of the WAC.

Sunday, Jan. 25 – Honolulu, Hawaii
Utah State at Hawai‘i, 5 p.m.
The first 400 fans in attendance will receive a rally towel courtesy of the WAC.

Submitted by: Megan Allen, Director of Marketing

1 comment:

Em Kay El said...

Megan - There is no question that Matt Nathanson's "Come on Get Higher" is a fantastic song, that's most likely why Sugarland decided to cover it. But to even remotely suggest that the twanged up version by Sugarland even compares to the musical genius of Matt Nathanson is somewhat delusional. Yes, Sugarland has some nice harmony during the "sha-na-na-na" interlude, but that song was never meant to be sung with a drawl. Do me a favor, buy Matt Nathanson's album Some Mad Hope and then get online and find out where you can see him live. Then after the concert when you fully understand his lyrical genius, call and thank me. Hope has the number.