Stadium brings energy to flag football

Crusader Stadium has already proved itself to be a great venue to watch football, but many students didn’t ever think they would have the opportunity to play under the lights at the new facility. However, the intramural flag football championship games were moved from their normal location at the recreational fields to the stadium.

LiDarral Bailey of the Dream Killers outruns Donavan Catron and Andrew Giles. Jake Stamps/The Bells

LiDarral Bailey of the Dream Killers outruns Donavan Catron and Andrew Giles. Jake Stamps/The Bells

“Playing intramurals in the new stadium was awesome. It’s great that they’re finding ways for the whole university to enjoy it. The campus rec staff went all out by introducing the team members, having the national anthem, giving stuff away for free and using the scoreboard during our games,” senior business major Adam Rea said.

The idea for moving the championship games to a bigger field where more people could enjoy the games has been on the Student Government Association’s agenda for a number of years.

Members of the Thunder Buddies huddle during a game. Jake Stamps/The Bells

Members of the Thunder Buddies huddle during a game. Jake Stamps/The Bells

“I think Jonathan Kendall with SGA and Campus Rec tried this in years past with intramural basketball championships being held in the arena. It was never an option for flag football before now,” Director of Campus Recreation Sue Weaver said.

The overall atmosphere of the championship games was  one that is usually not felt with intramural games. Playing on such a  stage gave the players a feel of what it would be like to compete in a big game at Crusader Stadium.

“The event was absolutely a success. It was a great opportunity for those participating in the games to be recognized and to play in such a great facility. Fans and parents came to watch, and our Campus Rec staff, SGA, and other organizations were recognized,” Weaver said.

The hype that was brought to the night gave the team competing and the fans that were there a lot to look forward to.

“It was very cool to get to play in Crusader Stadium,” senior business major Tyson Brower said. “We have been playing together all year as a team … and we all really enjoyed the championship games. It gave a different feel to intramurals.”

The games were  full of   both big plays and excitement, but the coed championship had the teams and fans biting their fingernails till the last second ran off the jumbotron. “Unfortunately, our coed team came up short, but we had a great time playing together all season, and I made a lot of new friends through intramurals,” Brower said.

That One Team was the squad that secured the victory for the coed side of things, while the Dream Killers won the men’s division.  Both teams were awarded T-shirts as well as bragging rights until next year.

“Winning intramurals is all about getting the T-shirt. Along with getting T-shirts, our men’s league team gets to travel to College Station and compete against the intramural champions from other universities,” Rea said.

He is a part of the Dream Killers, who used their speed and football experience to overcome their opponents.

Tucker Glaske tries to elude a defender during the championship game. Jake Stamps/The Bells

Tucker Glaske tries to elude a defender during the championship game. Jake Stamps/The Bells

Weaver said, “The idea of having the championship games at Crusader Stadium was something that got people to come out to a campus rec event that would usually have not even cared about intramural flag football.”

She added that having the championships in the stadium was a great way to promote and gain popularity for intramural sports on campus.

“It definitely brought about an awareness to many students who might not otherwise experience or know about rec sports.”

Author: Leif Johnston

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