Saturday, September 22nd is Towson University’s football homecoming game. Let me repeat. Saturday, September 22nd is Towson University’s football homecoming game. Ok, glad we got that straight because some people in the Towson community believe it is Towson’s homecoming party.
Homecoming, at every school, is first and foremost a football game. I realize that in past years Towson’s games have been less than entertaining but now Towson has a great football team. A team that was fun to watch last year and probably will be this year too.
So why am I mad at people for wanting to enjoy homecoming?
Well, Towson recently released a modified parking and tailgate rules for the homecoming game that has a few of my fellow students in a bit of a hissy fit.
For those of you not familiar with the previous rules, well, there weren’t really any. Sure there were rules in place on what you could bring and who could consume it (obviously 21 and above) but these rules were never really enforced and were completely thrown out the window every year at homecoming; which students used as their annual “let’s get wasted and not go to the game” party.
So who can blame Towson for adding some structure to this otherwise anarchistic event. Especially with the success of team. The homecoming pre-game tailgate this year will have a school sponsored beer truck that you can pay three dollars for a beer and a limit of three beers if you are over 21, obviously. Seems like a reasonable thing to deal with for one game. Let me stress that. It’s ONE GAME.
Well these “restrictions” have some students so up in arms that they have organized a boycott of the game. This is where I take issue. The fact that some students’ values are so out of place that they are going to boycott a football game over a few beers is utterly baffling to me.
The students and coaches on the football team did nothing to deserve a boycott of one of the most important games of the year. You (the people who go overboard during tailgating, don’t even come to the games, or leave at halftime to go party more) did this to yourselves. Towson is being lenient here. They don’t owe you a place to party. For years Towson has allowed you free reign and now they want to tighten things up because the school is getting more exposure and they want to look good. How can you blame them for that?
I realize homecoming is time for fun and celebration and so does Towson. Therefore students will be able to park FOR FREE on any campus lot besides the stadium ones and party however they would like. They would just have to walk a little further than across the street to get to the game. That really makes me feel sorry for them…not.
I love this new idea. I think it will cut down on underage drinking, at least around the stadium. And I think it will make it so only real fans of the team will come to the games. Making the atmosphere in the stands a lot better.
Here is my message to those considering boycotting the homecoming game: Don’t come. We (the people who care about the team and how well we do) don’t want you there. Usually you waste tickets anyway when you leave at half time. Homecoming is for football now at Towson, not an excuse to party.