Not Just for Bros- 4 Ways For Ladies to Enjoy College Football
Written by Kristen Chuber
Whether or not you were lucky enough to go to a university with a football team, the excitement and buzz surrounding NCAA football season can be felt by one and all. It instills a sense of camaraderie, a collective effervescence among a group of otherwise unrelated individuals. Contrary to what some may believe, the college football obsession is held by not only frat boys and male football fanatics, but young women as well! Regardless of whether you’re more into pigskins or pigtails, as a young woman, you can immerse yourself into the scene and have an awesome time. Here’s how to get involved locally to enjoy the NCAA season just as much as the guys in the apartment down the hall:
1. Assemble a Crew of Cheerleaders- I don’t mean actual cheerleaders, just your closest girl friends who are down to catch the game with you! If you’re cheering on your alma mater, throw on your team’s colors or a jersey and get reach to cheer on the players. Don’t have a favorite team and just want in on the action? No worries. Ask a brother, a boyfriend, a dad, or a neighbor who some of the big name teams are and pop into a bar nearby to watch the game. Get involved!
2. Find a Local Gameday Spot- Many bars throughout the East Coast’s major cities have pre-existing relationships to NCAA teams. These are the best locations to catch an NCAA game, as they are full of passionate fans (and usually have drink specials!). Check out your local alumni page or ask next time you’re out for happy hour about which teams’ games are shown where, and be sure to make an appearance on gameday. Not to mention, ladies, these bars will be full of handsome dudes who would be thrilled to pay for some postgame drinks for you and your crew. (Miami Hurricanes fans in NYC, check out Brother Jimmy’s!)
3. Hop On The Bandwagon- Embrace the positive energy all around you. Even if you’re not the biggest football fan, it is 100% okay to pretend you are. Cheer when everyone else does, clink glasses with strangers around you, and join in on the mob’s chants during some of the games’ biggest moments. They say misery loves company, but I think excitement appreciates company more. After all, you need two people for a high-five, a hug, or a chest-bump, right?
4. Get a Little Rowdy- If you’re not a stranger to college football, you know that the celebrations both before, during, and after games can be a bit on the wild side. Go for it, it’s the weekend! Most games are held Saturday afternoons, so grab some lunch with friends and then get your game face on. Hang with some other fans, have a cold beer or two, and let the overwhelming excitement flow. It’s a good way to make new friends, and a great way to spend a weekend.
For those less familiar with the college football scene, check out this list of NCAA teams and choose who you’re going to support! So make your plans; you’ll be a fan by halftime.
Which team will you support this season? Share in the comments below, and start to get some friends hyped up for NCAA season. Game On!
Kristen is a graduate of the University of Miami and still a die-hard UMiami Hurricanes football fan. When she’s not cheering on her ‘Canes, she can be found blogging here: www.kristenchuber.wordpress.com or Tweeting here: @kris10cee. GO CANES!