Onward Debates: Should You Go Into Beaver Stadium For The Blue-White Game?
It’s the ultimate question of Blue-White Weekend: Should you go into the game? Most people, judging by attendance at the game each year, say no and opt for all-day tailgating. Some believe it’s worth the trip inside even if it’s just a glorified scrimmage. You’ll probably meet someone who (probably after having a few drinks) feels very strongly about the decision to stay or go sometime throughout the weekend.
Two of our staffers weighed in on the pros and cons of going into Beaver Stadium for the last official game of the school year.
Gabriela Stevenson: Yes (if you’re a senior)
I could actually argue that you don’t really need to go into the game if you’re an underclassman. Freshmen who don’t know any better might go in, but I think it’s better to soak up the sun and the ~tailgating culture~ outside of the stadium if you’re not a month away from graduation.
Seniors always say a very sad goodbye to Beaver Stadium at the end of football season but forget they’ll have the chance to go back one more time when the bitter cold is long gone. It’s your last chance to savor the delicious taste of a chicken basket until you’ve got the money to come back for another game. It’s your last chance to walk around and actually see the stadium instead of rushing from your seat to the bathroom and back. They don’t allow the public into the stadium for most of the beautiful days of the year, so consider yourself lucky if you go into the Beaver Stadium for Blue-White. I think it’s worth a short trip inside, then right back to the tailgate.
Andy Mollenauer: No
First of all, football is not a spring sport. It’s too much of a tease and, frankly, I don’t want any reminder that football season is so far away.
My upsides to simply tailgating rather than going to the game itself have a lot to do with weather. The forecast is supposed to be partly cloudy for this year’s Blue-White game, giving us a chance for both sun and rain throughout the day. Sitting in the beating sun for upwards of three hours is a surefire way to get a lobster tan and if it rains…what’s the point of being there? Without drinks, free food, and a tent to hide under, there’s nothing good left.
Opting to skip the game is the way to go if you just want to have a peaceful weekend, too. It’s a great opportunity to take advantage of a ghost-town campus with no lines at the dining halls, the Creamery, or downtown during the afternoon.
Are you going into Beaver Stadium for the Blue-White game? Let us know why in the comments.
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