We all love this game. It’s reaffirmed every week by the conversations I have with other parents, whether it was way back during Pop Warner, middle school, JV, high school varsity, or now, college ball. The conversations are so interchangeable. You realize that all of those “unique” things your son was or is going through are repeating themselves in homes all around you.
I especially love this game at night. And this Friday, the lights are turned on for the country to see the Princeton Tigers strap it up and take on Georgetown. What is it about a night game that makes it seem a little more exciting? The first thing that strikes me is just by turning on those lights, the stadium pops out a little bit crisper. Seeing the stadium lit up as you walk or drive to the game is akin to a lighthouse on a dark shore. Walking in, you see that the stadium is wearing it’s Sunday best as the place looks newer, brighter, more vibrant. Inside the stadium, the players’ uniforms look a bit cleaner, the field a bit greener and the excitement a bit higher as if they’ve been holding it back the whole day for this moment.
You hear that excitement. The sounds of a night game boom a bit louder. The punch of the band drums as they march into their seats echo in a way that just doesn’t seem to be there for a day game. The whistle of the referees has a cutting crispness that also goes unmatched. And, I swear, the impacts and voices of the players race up the stands to me at a volume that just isn’t there in the light of day.
And how can you not love an evening tailgate? Food and drinks in hand, watching fans from your side or misguided fans of the other side migrating to the football mecca, all while hearing the sounds from inside the stadium as a backdrop to the conversations being enjoyed around you.
The brisk night air breathes excitement. Down south, we typically trade that brisk night air for the sounds of a gazillion types of insects sucked in by the glare and hum of those stadium lights. But I like those brisk night games. How can you not?
So, that’s why I love night games. C’mon, one of the first things you noticed and maybe even commented on when seeing the season schedule was “Hey, we’ve got two night games!”. Well, number one is this coming Friday and I want to know why you like night games. What’s your favorite thing about Tiger football at night?