CHEYENNE – After two years of success in Casper, the University of Wyoming and the city of Cheyenne plan to bring a pep rally to the Capital City next summer.
UW athletics director Tom Burman spoke Wednesday with Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr about the possibility of promoting UW athletics with a pep rally, and Orr was on board.
The event will be held at the Cheyenne Depot Plaza, Orr confirmed Thursday, after announcing the event via Twitter.
Casper has held a UW pep rally in June during each of the past two years on David Street, which is similar to the Depot Plaza. That was something that caught the attention of Orr, who said the city and UW are looking at a Thursday in June 2020 for the event.
“It was a great opportunity for the student-athletes to come out and spend time (with the community),” Orr said Thursday.
“It’s very much a family event.”
It’s expected the pep rally will include face painting for kids, food trucks, beer stands, games and a chance for members of the community to meet and get autographs from UW student-athletes, Orr said.
“What we really anticipate is a really great, family-fun event and evening, and really try to pull in alumni from across the Front Range to come back home to Cheyenne and Wyoming and spend time getting to know the student-athletes and getting really excited for UW athletics,” the mayor said.
The UW marching band and mascot Pistol Pete also are expected to appear at the pep rally, which will be on a Thursday evening due to Fridays on the Plaza.
“We’re at this point just coordinating dates and times,” Orr said, “but I think it’ll be, again, just a great event for the community.”
This year’s pep rally in Casper was held June 20.
“As an alumni myself, being so close to Laramie, I think sometimes Cheyenne gets perhaps overlooked as far as a place to rally the troops, but I think this is going to be a great venue,” Orr said.
“Being so close, we obviously have tons of fans that drive over the hill for games, both men’s and women’s in fall and spring semesters. And I think this is a really great opportunity to, again, bring alumni that maybe don’t even live necessarily in Wyoming anymore, and have them come back from say Colorado and Nebraska, and join us in a community-wide pep rally.”