Football starts new tradition on Picnic Day

April 26, 2017

DAVIS, Calif. - From the moment the air horn first sounded on Howard Field, signaling the start of football's final spring practice, until the final sharpie was returned to the check-in tent hours later, families, fans, coaches, student-athletes and campus visitors helped make the first-ever Picnic Day Practice and Kids Fest a success.

Modeled after workouts that took place throughout the team's Division II era, fans enjoyed a unique point of view by standing fieldside, just a handful of yards away from position drills and situational plays. By standing this close to the action, supporters of all ages were able to interact with players and coaches like never before.

During breaks between drills, younger Aggie fans — those who were not burning energy at the nearby kids zone, which featured games and a slew of inflatables — were able to take the field, participate in football-related contests and receive free prizes. After the workout concluded, everyone in attendance was able to join the team on the field, take part in various meet-and-greet sessions and collect autographs from current student-athletes. 

The Dan Hawkins era will kick-off on Sept. 2 when UC Davis visits San Diego State, this non-conference clash will begin at 5:30 p.m. On Sept. 9, the Aggies will host San Diego in the first of five home games taking place at Aggie Stadium. 

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