I went to my first football game on October 9. It was a game between Indiana Hoosiers and Ohio State Buckeyes. Buckeyes demonstrated their dominance on the field and played an exciting blow out game for all the home fans. By the way, after that game, Buckeyes became the No.1 team of the country.
As a foreigner, I have heard thousands of times from my friends who had worked or studied in the United States that Americans are crazy about football; however, it was not until I came to America that I realized the fascination of football for Americans. It’s not only a game or an activity, but an all-day event for people to enjoy the exciting games and spend the weekend with their friends and families. You can see many people tailgating along the road and around the stadium. Especially, for the people in Columbus, Buckeye football must be one of the most important parts of their lives. Buckeyes football is famous and reputable nationally. Also, this traditional strong team bears the expectations and the pride of the city.
As a Buckeye, you must go to the “Horse Shoe” at least once. Ohio Stadium, with the seating capacity of 102,329, is the fourth largest on-campus football stadium in the U.S. I was fascinated by the atmosphere in the stadium as soon as I stepped in. The marching band played before the game started and at the halftime. People jumped and yelled during the game. The fans would also do stadium waves. It is common to see people do fan waves at a game; however, it is totally different when 100,000 people do the stadium waves at the same time. The most exciting part of the game to me must be the time when the marching band came up to our deck. They played the marches right in front of me and it was so exciting!
The more I know about the American football culture, the more I understand why Americans love football and why it is the biggest pastime. The game itself is up tempo and very intense and the game also provides a great chance for people to get together! I am now really looking forward to the last game of the year, the traditional classic rivalry battle between Buckeyes and Wolverines!