View from the Top: Rappelling the Skydome

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How did this tradition start?

Legend has it, back in the ’90s, cadets were lying on the football field after mandatory physical training gazing at the top of the Dome.

Game Day prep

Learning to rappel is an adventure all cadets take on during Mountain Adventure training. Cadets travel to Coconino National Forest and are taught how to tie various knots and rappelling basics.

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The chosen few

Game-day rappelling is a privilege and a special one at that!

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The Descent

Every game begins with ROTC’s rappel. As they descend, they also carry with them an important possession — the game ball.

Fun fact: What started out as one game each football season — has now become a game day staple.

ROTC now rappels at all home football games throughout the season.

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