The Texas Longhorns will be trying to get their fans excited for the 2013 season by turning their spring football game into more of an event with the planned Texas Football Fan Fest.
The festivities will begin around 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 30 when the team arrives at the northwest corner of Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium for what is being dubbed the Stadium Stampede. Texas Cheer and Pom will join fans in welcoming the Longhorn football team as they enter the stadium.
In all my time as a Longhorn, be it as a fan or student, I have never heard of Texas doing something like this, but I kind of dig it. I like that Texas is trying to inject some energy into its fan base with an event like this. One only hopes it will translate into the fans being rowdier on game days without having to be called out for being quiet and lazy by the players.
Following the Stadium Stampede fans will be able to enjoy a variety of tail gate style games inside the Red McCombs Red Zone within the north end of DKR. From what I can tell this will be standard issue pre-game stuff being integrated into a family friendly and thusly sober environment. Again, not a bad plan at all.
The final event of the day will be the only one that matters as far as football is concerned, as the Orange-White Scrimmage gets under way at 6:30 p.m. Fans will finally be able to get a look at the players and see how that fast paced offense looks, as well as if the Longhorns have found a solid candidate for the third WR slot and some linebackers who can tackle. Following the spring game, fans will be allowed onto the field for 30 minutes to take photos.
Apparently the field is getting resurfaced during the summer, so the bean counters at Texas probably figured it would be okay for us commoners to run around down there for a bit.
Despite my sarcasm, I’m actually pretty psyched to get onto the field and snap some photos. Pictures of empty seats at DKR will be perfect for later in the year when I have to write about how nobody showed up to the Thanksgiving Day game for the second year running when Texas played not-Texas A&M.
I’m excited that Mack Brown and the Texas Football program has decided to try and snuggle up to the fans a little bit with this event. It goes to show that maybe not everything that pops into Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds’ head is absolute insanity.
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