Last year's Homecoming was a very memorable experience. We had a parade on campus the night before the big game. The parade ended at the stadium where students, family members, and alumni gathered for a Homecoming pep fest complete with fireworks. It was a great experience seeing campus light up that night with Gopher pride.
The students sit together in a big student section for all Gopher games. It makes for a great game-day environment. Student tickets holders receive a t-shirt with their season tickets, so all students unite in Gopher-wear. We also have several special cheers in the student section. My personal favorite is the "Super Goldy" cheer that students do during football games. After the Gophers score, the band begins playing the theme-song for "Super Goldy" and all the students reach their arms out and mimic a flying Superman. The cheer team raises Goldy up on a platform and he does as many push-ups as the Gophers have points while the students count along. There are many more fun choreographed student cheers, but don't worry-- you'll catch on quickly! You can watch another one of my favorites here!
In addition to the fun of Gopher football games, many students buy season tickets for hockey and basketball. Students are also able to attend many sporting events for free, including baseball, women's basketball and hockey, gymnastics. women's soccer, softball, and volleyball. Be sure to look for the Student Nights at these events-- you can often get free pizza, t-shirts, or other giveaways just for showing up to cheer on the Gophers!
Well, today is game day for the Gopher football team. We're playing Northern Illinois at 7:30 tonight. Fall has finally arrived, so students will be breaking out the sweatshirts for tonight's game. Time for my friends and I to head over to McNamara for the campus-wide Pre-Game Day Party featuring food, fun, and friends (plus of the U of M marching band)! Go Gophers!!