Two weeks ago on a Saturday night, Camp Randall Stadium came to life thanks to a football matchup between our beloved Badgers and the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The fact that Wisconsin pulled out the win made it memorable, but there were also so many other factors that made this night game – and every other night game for that matter – one for the books. Here are five reasons why:
1. Playing Under the Lights
There’s a reason the phrase (and TV show) ‘Friday Night Lights’ exists! Not only does it make for great picture lighting – obviously very important – but it’s also one of the signs that fans associate with a football game. However, not every college team playing on Saturday gets to experience it. That means when the opportunity does come your way, everyone looks forward to it.
2. Phone Flashlights
Another source of illumination that also shares the spotlight! There is always at least one moment during the game when you see a lonely phone flashlight turn on from across the stadium. Slowly, everyone starts to catch on and the dots of light spread. When you realize that each little light represents a fan cheering on their favorite team, it creates a sense of comradery and makes for a truly magical sight.
3. The Moon
Okay, yes this is another source of light, but I promise it’s the last one. With all the other lights coming from the city and field, it can be hard to see the stars – but there is one natural source of light that can’t be dimmed: the moon. One of the most breathtaking sights can be seen when you take just a second of your attention away from the game to look up at the sky and see the moon shining down, almost as if it was a spectator of the action, too.
Bonus for the Badger readers: One of the most cherished songs played during games has lyrics about this – there has to be a reason, right?! “If you want to be a Badger, just come along with me, by the bright shining light of the moon.”
4. Prime Time Coverage
One of the effects of football being a business is that television coverage is taken into account when deciding game times. The games that include the best teams and matchups take priority and get the best time slot – aka prime time. So, when your team plays late, you can plan on it being worth your money.
5. The Hype
Everyone waited all day for the game, so by the time it starts, adrenaline is running high. The stadium is louder than usual thanks to the extra energy. Plus, it’s a safe estimate to say the game will end around 10 p.m. meaning the night is still young! After your team wins (like the Badgers did that Saturday, woot!) it’s the perfect time to head out for a celebratory pizza slice or to hit the dance floor with your crew.
Night games are an all-around win. So, the next time your team is scheduled to play one, throw on your gear, grab your friends and cheer at the top of your lungs until the men of the hour get the W.
Best. Saturday. Ever.