There are very few occasions for which it is appropriate to day drink; game day in college is one of these momentous occasions. Game Day, at least at Cal, is when our football team has a game. Most of the time we only celebrate home games, but there are three teams for which most of the school will travel to see a game – UCLA, USC, and of course Stanford. A home game is a game that is played at our field. This year our stadium is being redone and so we are playing at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
This change in stadiums has greatly changed game day, but not to an upsetting point. In Berkeley most of the Fraternities will have a game day BBQ with burgers and beer. Normally you can cruise around Channing circle aka frat row, and walk in and out of houses BBQ’s saying hi to friends and moving on. When the game starts most kids will head up to the stadium, some stumbling more than others, and stand for a good three hours as the football game is played – in the student section of the stadium you are not allowed to sit. (I stopped going to the games by sophomore year.)
This year because the game is in San Francisco most people 21 and over will go to the bars in the city, those under 21 either celebrate in Berkeley and most likely don’t make it to the game, or they go to the game but miss out on the many parts of game day that I love. Yesterday was the first game day I was able to attend, and although Berkeley was quieter than ever, I still had an amazing time.
There are a few game days I will remember most, mainly because there was an addition to game day. The first game day is the game day I decided to go down the blow up water slide, clothes and all. It was on the front lawn of a frat house, I’d seen it for two years, and it seemed like before I graduated I would have to go down the water slide. So, I did. The second memory filled game day happened yesterday, a frat got an above ground pool. It was probably 3 feet deep, and again I went in clothes and all. It was rather refreshing after being in the sun all day.
I will only be able to attend two or three more game days in my college career and that is sadder than I thought it would be. I’ve made friends on game days, made memories on game days, and had my first experience of day drinking on game days. Although not all schools have a football team supporting any sport is a nice occasion to bring people together of common interest and celebrate your school! To all those who can, attend at least one sports game in college, I promise you won’t regret it.