Bureaucratic games deplete
On Saturday, I went to the football game
for the first time in two years as an individual and not part of a larger
group. Last year, I was a part of the great Cougar Marching Band,
which is an amazing experience, and I
attended quite a few more games than the average student. The year before
that, I was a member of the Bleacher Creatures, where I
learned the meaning of being spirited
and getting into the game involved walking in a loud mass through a gate.
This year, I was a part of neither.
As a part of neither, I discovered why
it is that student support for football is so small. My first experience
of the day was an attempt to park. Although I have already paid $100 for
a parking decal to park in the lot by
the Moores School of Music, I was told that I would have to pay an additional
$10 to park for the game.
If I wanted to park for free, I would have
to drive to a lot that the attendant said was probably full. So we were
told to turn around and find somewhere else to park if we were not
going to pay. We entered the parking lot
to exit at another opening where we were stopped by another attendant wanting
to know what we were doing. Luck being on our side,
the two cute sorority girls in the front
seat flirted enough to earn us free parking in that lot.
The next stop was the ticket window. The
only thing I can say about this is that I had to wait in a line for 30
minutes (which was short, from what I hear) in order to receive a ticket.
To get into the stadium, I was forced
to wait in line again, and then repeat the same process of showing my Cougar
1Card, but this time with a ticket, to get in. It makes no sense.
My next adventure was to enter Robertson
Stadium on an extremely wet day with an umbrella. We were warned by other
Cougar supporters that they would not let us bring
them into the game and that we would be
forced to get wet, so we tried fitting them in my pockets, up our sleeves
and finally inside a towel we were carrying.
We got them through, but when we attempted
to use them we were told to put them away by a very large man. We were
not blocking anyone's view, I don't think we were
distracting the offense and we were staying
dry. We were doomed to be drenched.
The last complaint I have is simple. We
have the Cougar Band there for a reason: It peps up the crowd, it helps
get the team into the game and it does its best to distract the
other team when it has the ball. So why
is it that many times during the game, music was played over the stadium
speakers the instant the band began playing?
I could have stayed at home Saturday night,
given $10 to a homeless guy somewhere and put all my clothes on and stood
in the shower with two separate radios playing at the
same time -- I would have had roughly
the same experience.
If the bigwigs at UH want more people to
come, they should try to figure out a different way to run things. Something
that will bring the whole student body to a game, something
that will fill that stadium up with Cougar
pride. Not $10 dollars in parking and an invitation for pneumonia.
I want to be a Cougar and I want to bleed
red and white, but if things continue like this, it will become harder