A slowly emerging post-pandemic world provided the backdrop for Boston College’s season opener. Vaccination screening offered a new wrinkle in the pregame routine. But, it didn’t slow down the fan support inside Alumni Stadium. A sizable crowd was ready to add notable noise to this arena for the first time since 2019. There would be plenty to cheer for, as well, as a painfully mediocre Colgate team that only played two games last season played the role of opponent.
The Eagle Walk through tailgating zones and a pregame band concert outside the stadium added a spirit that college football had been missing during the pandemically affected 2020 season. Baldwin the Eagle hyped up the fans and the “For Boston” fight song filled the air bringing back staples of the college football experience that make it uniquely special.
Boston College lit up the scoreboard early and often as Colgate could hardly catch their breath. QB Phil Jurkovec managed an effective offense that could make some waves in the ACC this season. Fifty one points kept Eagle fans cheering and singing in the stands. Despite the blowout, few folks left during the game either, as breathing in the college atmosphere once again felt novel.
No one expected a result other than a dominant performance by Boston College. This day was about supporting the Eagles despite an expected win, but to also be part of the game that needs its fans to keep alive the passion and deep rooted traditions that put college football on a higher level.