Students get creative to watch football games

From cross country road-tripping to backyard game-watching parties, students got creative in their efforts to catch the away games of the undefeated Horned Frog football team, a senior student said. Geoff Dice, a marketing major, said he and his roommates traveled to the Clemson game, but took a different approach when the Frogs faced BYU.

A recently-acquired set of projector equipment and a 110-inch screen enabled the three men and about 80 of their friends to view the game from their own backyard.

“It’s our senior year this year, and there’s a lot of hype about the football team,” Dice said. “We thought it was a good opportunity to watch the game really big as opposed to just in the living room on our TV.”

Dice said that for Saturday’s game against the San Diego State Aztecs he and his roommates will not watch the game on their projector screen because it would be too difficult to see with the midday glare.

Austin Alexander, a senior history major, also chose to go off campus in order to view the highly-anticipated BYU game two weekends ago, he said. Alexander said he and 15 to 20 friends chose nearby Buffalo Bros. to watch the game. He said the restaurant’s good food and good atmosphere were the biggest draws.

“We had a great time. I always like going there anyway,” Alexander said. “It’s just close, and they always have the game.”

Brad Thompson, student activities coordinator at the Brown-Lupton University Union, said the Union’s 1873 Grill will also air the game, which is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. Thompson said a similar campus event during the BYU game was successful with more than 100 fans in attendance.

“People were doing cheers, and it was just a really cool environment,” Thompson said.

The actual game showing, put on by the University Union and the Class of 2010, was originally scheduled to be projected outside, but it was moved indoors because of glare from heavy daytime sun and other technical problems, Thompson said. The activities are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and will include a disk jockey, food specials and door prizes for students.

Ed McOwen, owner of Buffalo Bros., said the restaurant would air the SDSU game and offer shot specials while it aired, as the restaurant did during the BYU game.

1. 1873 Grill

When: Activities at 2 p.m.; kickoff at 3 p.m.

Specials: Food specials, music, door prizes, spirit competitions

2. The Aardvark

When: Kickoff at 3 p.m.

Specials: Buy one bucket of beer, get 1/2 off any appetizer; $5.50 pitchers

3. Buffalo Wild Wings

When: Beer special all day; kickoff at 3 p.m.

Specials: $2 Budweiser Selects

4. Dutch’s Hamburgers

When: 3 p.m.

Specials: $4 domestic pitchers

5. Buffalo Bros.

When: 3 p.m.

Specials: Shot specials during the game