Fan Fests bring BYU fans together with the Cougar Football Team

Farmington, Utah – BYU fan fests have returned after three years. The last time BYU athletics hosted fan fests attended by members of the BYU football team was in 2019.

Fanfests have been suspended in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, BYU still hosted a virtual event to keep fans busy in the early days of the pandemic. Then in 2021, there was an event in Las Vegas the night before BYU’s opening game against Arizona.

Over the years, BYU fan fests have traveled across the country. But this year they focused on the fans in Utah, with an event on May 11th in Farmington, then one in St. George on May 21st.

BYU Fan Fest is an opportunity to give back to the community

It’s an opportunity for BYU sports fans to see their favorite athletes and coaches away from a game day. From autograph sessions, NFL combine-style practices, photos with Cosmo, and even an opportunity to purchase an off-season Cougar Tail.

“It really means a lot because these guys love to give back to the community,” Jack Damuni, BYU’s director of football relations, told KSL Sports. “It’s a way for them to give back to the community and share their talents with all these little kids. You only see them on the field at LaVell Edwards Stadium or on TV. But here you have the opportunity to talk to them and play with them and just have fun.”

At the Farmington Fan Fest earlier this month, BYU football coach Kalani Sitake stayed until 8:30 p.m., 30 minutes after the event ended, to ensure all fans in attendance had a chance to interact with the seventh-year head coach.

Sitake keeps emphasizing that BYU football is one big family. The fans consider this family for Sitake.

Kalani Sitake: What we can do to bring the fans together with our team

“What makes BYU special is the people. The people are the fans and cougar nation; You’ve been big for so long. That’s why I’m so excited about the Big 12 invitation because it sort of confirms what we all knew,” Sitake told KSL Sports. “I grew up a BYU fan. Many of our players also grew up as BYU fans. To connect with and see and be available to the fans, access to our players and our team is important to make those moments possible. fan festivals like this and opportunities to see them even after games or during practice, stuff like that; what we can do to bring the fans together with our team.”

Damuni, who has been with BYU since Sitake acquired the program in 2016, reflects the passion Sitake has for BYU fans.

“Coach Kalani is always loyal to his fans. He loves the fans and he knows that without the fans we wouldn’t be where we are today,” Damuni said. “They give us that energy on and off the pitch. That’s very important to Coach Kalani and his players. Check out his line; He’ll stay here until everyone goes home with a signed autograph. That’s how much he really loves the fans here; He would do anything for the fans. So for Coach Kalani, it’s players and then fans. He loves his players and his fans.”

BYU’s St. George Fanfest will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MT at Sandtown Park (600 N. Bluff St.).

Mitch Harper is a BYU insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE TO) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday 12pm-3pm) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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