Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30, so Rugby Road should be bustling around 2:00. To me, there is something wrong with this picture. What most students here don’t even realize is that the STADIUM, not Wertland apartments and fraternity houses, should be packed at 1:30, in time for our very own Hoos to come marching in for “Wahoo Walk.”
UVA students miss out on all of the pregame festivities that not only are a ton of fun, but also help psych up our football players and get the crowd going. Every week, the HOOS file into the stadium with the band playing, the cheerleaders following, and hundreds of excited kids asking for pictures from their favorite players and role models two hours before kickoff.
People decked out in orange and blue jerseys, face tattoos, and their Virginia hats tailgate in the parking lot of Scott Stadium with lots of food and plenty of beverages. So HOOS really missing out? These loyal fans, or the hundreds of students that finally arrive half way through the second quarter?
As a cheerleader, there is a visible difference in the energy of our team when they have a loud and enthusiastic crowd from the beginning of the game. So with fingers crossed, I’m hoping the hill will be full before kickoff to help our Wahoos rebound from a tough past two weeks, and the students will lead them to their victory over Louisiana State.
And now you have a sideline view, GO HOOS!