If you're into sports, you've noticed the Gopher football team isn't having the best season. It's really easy for people to be fair-weather friends, leave the games early, or stop coming at all. As a member of the marching band, though, I back the team no matter what.
When I think about game day, I don't think about the football team winning or losing. I think of how much fun it is to be at the stadium, performing for the fans, and keeping people's hearts in the game as much as possible. Of course, the average student doesn't have the same experience I do, but it's still a lot of fun!
First of all, we have the brand new TCF Bank Stadium here on campus, the only college football stadium built since 1960. Our scoreboard is the third largest outdoor video board in the country. Check out the stadium website at http://stadium.gophersports.com/ to get a better idea--some of the information is a little outdated, but if you go to the multimedia tab, they have video tours that I find super interesting.
We also have the Minnesota Spirit Initiative on campus, which is a student group that organizes the most spirited Gopher fans into an exclusive seating section at football, men's basketball, and men's hockey games. It's really awesome to be a part of this section from what I can tell, because you get into all of the games early and no one thinks you're weird for wearing TOO MUCH maroon and gold (is that even a thing?). More info about the Minnesota Spirit Initiative is on their website at http://www.spirit.umn.edu/spirit_sections.html
Fall is a really exciting time on campus with all of the men's and women's sporting events that are available to attend. Fun fact: student tickets are free to volleyball games, and we have one of the best teams in the nation! Head over to http://www.gophersports.com to find all of the information you could want about Golden Gopher Athletics.
See you next week!