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Going to high school football games was a concept foreign to me until about a year ago. The first game I went to was the BJ versus JC game when I was a freshman. I basically got convinced by my friends and the pep rally that I had to attend the “Big Game” if I cared at all about my school. So with eye black in one hand and a pom-pom in the other, I stepped into one of the craziest football games of the year. I felt like I was lost – there was so many people. I wandered the stands, confused and scared. Of course, I eventually found my friends and we had an amazing time. I’ve been attending the games for a year now, and I’ll share my techniques with you on how to look like a football fan – even if you don’t know which team is yours.

1. Find friends who do understand football:

This is the best way to make the game clearer for you. When you have someone who gets it, you can ask them countless questions like, who is winning, the score, where the bathrooms are (very important). They might get annoyed, but hey, at least you’ll know what’s going on.

2. Find your school’s Student Section (If you’re a student)

I wish I had known about the student section at my first game. They’re usually located behind the field goals. It’s a great way to meet new friends, and you’re more likely to find people you know. The stands, however, are a different story. On the busy games, you can forget about finding a seat, and sitting around adults only just isn’t as fun as the rowdy bleachers on each end of the field.

3. Cheer when everyone else does

This is a technique that I have perfected. If you never fully know what’s happening, but want to express pride for your school, just follow what everyone else is doing. If everyone is cheering, go ahead and cheer your heart out. If everyone’s totally quiet, it is probably not the best idea to screech “GO JETS!” at the top of your lungs.

4. Show your school spirit.

Not only does this help you fit in, it’s just plain fun. Don JC spirit wear, draw dots across your face – paint your whole body Carolina Blue. It’s never too much at football games, trust me.

5. Buy Student Tickets.

I don’t have much to say here, but just buy them at school for cheap when they’re available. You can’t buy them at games, and it helps you skip the line.

6. Have the time of your life

Football games are fun. Sure, everyone is sweaty and gross and loud, but somehow it’s still great. So go to the games. Hang out with your friends and eat the overpriced, gross concession food. Relish in screaming and letting loose: You’ll be having fun while showing your school support.

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  1. Adam johnson on September 11th, 2016 2:54 pm

    You live in Alabama if you don’t understand football there is something seriously wrong with you smh

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