Freshman Gameday Guide

With the first week of classes winding down, one thing is evident: the boys of fall are returning to the turf of Alumni for another year of everyone's favorite Boston College tradition. Football season is so close you can taste the slightly overpriced game day pretzels and hear the echoes of "For Boston" ringing in your ears.

For many BC students, this is a whole new ballgame---literally---from the Friday night lights of high school football. In an effort to keep you from looking like a complete newbie, The Gavel has come up with a few ways to make the most of your first game day.

Don’t try and throw someone up in the celebratory point count if you can’t handle his or her weight/don’t have enough people.

You don’t want to be that guy/girl who is trying to throw someone in the air when you immediately realize that you've made a huge mistake, nor do you want to stand in shame as the stadium counts up to 28 when you’ve given up at 14. Plus, don’t go for it if you can’t get yourself together in time; starting the toss when the count is already at four is a tough setback to overcome. Also, make sure you have enough people to support the weight you’re tossing. There is nothing worse than being thrown in the air and thinking that you’re way too heavy for your friends to hold.

The SuperFan Zone is only fun if you embrace the cheesiness.

There are people who are going to think it’s the stupidest thing in the world, and there are people who will think it’s the greatest. The SuperFan Zone is like orientation or welcome week—it’s cheesy and goofy, but if you just embrace it, you’ll enjoy yourself. Going in, you have to know what to expect. So, think fun giveaways, games and activities, and free food and drinks that are all alcohol free. Everyone knows that the Zone was created to try and keep the underage students away from Shea Field and other tailgating spots. With that being said, you get a bunch of free shirts/hats/scarves/food. What’s better than free stuff?

Shea has changed tailgating policies completely, so be aware.

If you are someone with a coveted parking spot and wristband supply—or have friends with extras—I commend you (and advise you to keep those friends). No longer is Shea Field a first come, first served tailgating spot, with certain areas reserved for those with parking spaces. The only way to get onto Shea now is to have a wristband, and for that to happen, you have to know someone with a tailgating spot. We at The Gavel would never condone sneaking onto Shea, but if you are going to go for it, be careful. Many people have been caught and gotten into serious trouble, and many others have ruined clothing or sustained cuts and bruises from the fences.

For those who plan to tailgate, be aware of how much you drink.

This one seems blatantly obvious, but there’s always that one person who forgets that he or she has limits. Nobody wants to be the guy/girl falling down the bleachers or in the bathroom throwing up during the middle of the game. As with any sporting event, people are going to drink; just be smart about it. Thousands of people will be on campus. Not only is it embarrassing, but it can also be dangerous trying to maneuver around in a packed stadium while inebriated. Plus, you probably want to remember the game.

If you have learned nothing else, just make sure you're having fun. You only get to experience gamedays as a student for so long, so you might as well make the most of them.

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Katie McGirney