June 9, 2009
In making a documentary of The Pit, probably the best place to start is with the 13 million-plus fans (OK, some of you came many, many times), who have strolled down into New Mexico's sunken treasure to watch their men and women Lobos play ball.
So, that's what we're doing here over at the UNM Athletic Department. We are calling out to Lobo fans to bring in any and all types of memorabilia, mementos, photos, old tickets -- whatever you got that shows a piece of the 42-year-old history of University Arena.
We plan to package it together and fashion a documentary in honor of one of the more storied collegiate arenas in the nation. We do this to honor a special and unique sporting facility, which currently is undergoing a $60 million facelift to make it one of the more storied arenas in the nation for another 42 years or so.
So, you got a Pit picture of Bob King, Norm Ellenberger, Michael Cooper, Kenny Page, Gary Colson, Miranda Sanchez, Abby Garchek, Jean Rostermundt -- we'll take it. You got a stub from the North Carolina State/Houston NCAA championship game -- bring it down. Heck, we'll even take pictures of Pit villains such as Lute Olson, Rick Majerus, Don Haskins, Danny Ainge, Fennis Dembo, etc.
We want to catalog the history of The Pit before the makeover sets in and the older The Pit stuff the better.
If you have an item to contribute, bring it down to the UNM Athletic Department which is located at the Southwest corner of University Stadium, across the street from The Pit and in front of the huge tennis bubble. Fans need to put their items into a container/bag and drop them off at the Lobo Club office.
If you want the items back, write your name and phone number on the container/bag and we will scan them or document them quickly and call you to pick them up.
We are interested in almost any item that reaches back to The Pit's roots and tells the story of Lobo basketball dating back to the first game played on Dec. 1, 1966. Well, almost any item. If you still have a Lobo Dog from that 1966 game, you can keep it. We'll take almost anything else.