SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - Some changes and additions have been made to the game day atmosphere elements in Rice-Eccles Stadium for the coming season.
In a collaboration among Utah athletics staff, the MUSS and select fans, the Crazy Lady will now perform near the end of halftime (approximately the 4:00 mark) instead of at the third quarter break to get the fans on their feet as the Utes run out of the locker room.
The group also arrived at a new activity designed to encourage fan participation during the third quarter break. The beat of a taiko, a Japanese drum that is 72” in diameter and weighs more than 600 pounds, will permeate the stadium during the break and fans can clap along to the beat. The taiko, along with smaller accompanying drums, will be played by University of Utah band members. At the conclusion of the taiko performance, the ROTC-operated cannon will sound four times to signify the start of the fourth quarter.
The Utah football team kicks off its annual preseason camp on Thursday. The Utes open up the 2012 season on August 30 against Northern Colorado.