I did my homework once I knew I was going to a football game at Rutgers University in New Jersey. I know enough football basics to follow a game, but I had never been to a game in person. Rutgers defeated Princeton in the first intercollegiate football game ever played in 1869. It established a tradition of quality football, competitiveness, and school spirit that permeates into anyone attending a game. Rutgers was the perfect place for me to attend my very first college football game. I am hooked 🙂
When I was invited to a Rutgers Football game, I had no idea of the pageantry that would take place before the game ever started. Outside the stadium was a street fair atmosphere, where I received a red “R” tattoo on my cheek, witnessed a sea of people in red shirts (hard to keep track of friends!), and a parade by the marching band and the “real” Rutgers Scarlet Knight. When watching a game on television, all you see are the actual football plays, the commentators, and commercials. There is no comparison between a game on TV and the entire college football experience. What fun!!
I went to my first college football game this weekend, and oh, it is so much more than football! The party atmosphere, the cheering crowd, and proud students and alumni, rocked the stadium. Probably the most important “cheerleader”, is the school mascot…at Rutgers, he is known as the Scarlet Knight.