Sparky is Entering the Stadium

Jonathan Dalton, Phoenix Real Estate AgentAt 7:05 p.m. tonight, the Arizona State Sun Devils open their 95th season of football when they play host to the San Jose Spartans. For the ninth straight year, you’ll be able to find me in Section 22, Row 32 – I’ll be the one in the gold shirt.

(Feel free to bring me some bottled water – it’s expected to be around 100 degrees at kickoff.)

Tonight is Dennis Erickson’s debut. I’m not sure what I’ll do without Dirk Koetter to scream at. At least I know my dad’s heart will be safe ahead of Tuesday’s procedure. Dirk just might have killed him.

Arizona State football is a tradition in my family – my parents have held the tickets next to mine for about 15 years – as it is for many others. Opening night is almost like the first day of school as the half hour before kickoff is spent catching up on developments over the last nine months since we’ve seen each other.

The “A” on “A” Mountain overlooking the stadium was disturbingly white on Thursday. Hopefully it will be gold in time for kickoff this evening.

At approximately 6:52 tonight, some 13 minutes before kickoff, we’ll all hear this.

And a few minutes later … we’ll be thunderstruck.

Tickets still are available at the box office.

[tags]Arizona State University, Sun Devils football[/tags]

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at