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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - It's one of the biggest rivalries in our state. You either "Bear Down" for the Wildcat's or "Fork 'Em" for the Devils.

But the University of Arizona Wildcats have quietly been creeping into Sun Devil territory. The University of Arizona Medical Students are heading back to school, just steps from Arizona State University's downtown campus.

It's Sun Devil in downtown Phoenix, or is it? Lately, it seems like ASU's arch-rival UofA is growing its presence here.

300 students attend the UofA College of Medicine in downtown Phoenix. Up to 200 more students will arrive when the Eller School of Business opens downtown this summer.

That's too many Wildcats for some ASU students in downtown Phoenix.

"It's our territory, I feel we should be able to have our territory and claim as our own. When they come in you feel the rivalry going on," said Stephanie Szczepanik.

Is the rivalry running high for UofA students?

"ASU, UofA, it doesn't matter right now. We're just focused on the ultimate goal that is to treat patients," said Casey Smith.

"I don't care, give me an education, I got my masters at ASU, now I'm UofA, my husband is NAU, so we have everything covered," said Kimberly Weidenbach.

"They see you guys getting all this fancy new stuff, and your logo going up everywhere, it's intimidating, isn't it, well bear down," said Amad Mohamed.

Exactly the two words ASU students say they don't want to hear, ever.

"No, no bear down for me," said Szczepanik.

No bear down, bear down for what? Yeah, just don't say anything UofA because this is ASU territory," said an ASU student.  

Why the expansion into Phoenix? The UofA says it's prompted by the physician shortage. Plus there are so many UofA students who have Phoenix ties and wanted to get their education closer to home.

The University of Arizona has 28 acres in downtown Phoenix but is only using eight right now. ASU continues to expand as well, and the two have some projects together.

It's one of the biggest rivalries in our state. You either "Bear Down" for the Wildcat's or "Fork 'Em" for the Devils.

But the University of Arizona Wildcats have quietly been creeping into Sun Devil territory. The University of Arizona Medical Students are heading back to school, just steps from ASU's downtown campus.

It's Sun Devil in downtown Phoenix, or is it? Lately, it seems like ASU's arch-rival UofA is growing its presence here.

300 students attend the UofA College of Medicine in downtown Phoenix. Up to 200 more students will arrive when the Eller School of Business opens downtown this summer.

That's too many Wildcats for some ASU students in downtown Phoenix.

"It's our territory, I feel we should be able to have our territory and claim as our own. When they come in you feel the rivalry going on," said Stephanie Szczepanik.

Is the rivalry running high for UofA students?

"ASU, UofA, it doesn't matter right now. We're just focused on the ultimate goal that is to treat patients," said Casey Smith.

"I don't care, give me an education, I got my masters at ASU, now I'm UofA, my husband is NAU, so we have everything covered," said Kimberly Weidenbach.

"They see you guys getting all this fancy new stuff, and your logo going up everywhere, it's intimidating, isn't it, well bear down," said Amad Mohamed.

Exactly the two words ASU students say they don't want to hear, ever.

"No, no bear down for me," said Szczepanik.

No bear down, bear down for what? Yeah, just don't say anything UofA because this is ASU territory," said an ASU student. 

Why the expansion into Phoenix? The UofA says it's prompted by the physician shortage. Plus there are so many UofA students who have Phoenix ties and wanted to get their education closer to home.

The University of Arizona has 28 acres in downtown Phoenix but is only using eight right now. ASU continues to expand as well, and the two have some projects together.
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