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Posted: 6/30/2014 10:04 AM

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What was the very first thing you remember about your visit to a Marshall Football Game?

Mine was the brick streets around Fairfield.  I remember parking over where Big Bear was and coming through the brick streets, running ahead of everyone and peaking through the fence to see the Herd warming up.

And then who could forget the Caboose ticket office.

Awesome memories.

One of my favorite memories, that for some reason, makes me stop each time, and take it all in, is at the Joan.

Night games, late in the year.  Coming in the stadium, and the second you take the turn to head up the ramp out to the seats.

The light shining through there at the end from the stadium lights is just mesmorizing.

I love it.
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Posted: 6/30/2014 11:13 AM

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I always went to football games as a kid at Fairfield Stadium with my dad and uncle. We always sat in the endzone, opposite the side of the home dressing room. Three things come to mind. 1) Walking to our seats from the press box side of the stadium, you sometimes had to wait if the visiting teams was coming to or from the locker room. Also, the visiting locker rooms were so small at Fairfield and probably hot, some of the players would finish getting dressed outside. 2) Before the game the field goal kickers would be practicing. There was no net up behind the goal post before the game, so the footballs would land in the stands. The young kids would scramble to get the ball so they could throw it back on the field. 3) I would sit between my dad and uncle during the games. They would comment about the game back and forth to each other all game long. I learned a lot about football sitting there listening to them.
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Posted: 7/2/2014 8:03 AM

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Probably parking in people's yards.  There was a house right across from stadium we would always pay and park right there.

Also remember my brothers taking me into the locker rooms when I was little.   The players seemed HUGE to 6 year old. 

A funny young memory is being down to a practice during the Sonny era (I was probably around 10) and getting to go down on the field.   I threw a ball to one of my brother and Sonny screaming at some backup QB who had just missed a pass, "Little Woody over there can hit his man, g*****it why you can throw like that?"
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Posted: 7/2/2014 8:04 AM

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Mom also tells a story about a game late in the season when I was little (6-7 years old) and there was nobody there. I stretched out and went to sleep, so she covered me with a blanket and then a freak snow came and covered the blanket.
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Posted: 7/2/2014 8:28 AM

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I know it wasnt the same snow storm, but it sounds like that one that hit in 87 when Weber was here. It was cold already, then that snow hit and dropped like an inch on us all while we sat there.
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Posted: 7/2/2014 2:27 PM

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Yeah, I was 17 then. ;)
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Posted: 7/2/2014 2:28 PM

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Yes, I know. I have seen your drivers license, haha.
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Posted: 7/2/2014 9:58 PM

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First game was against Bowling Green, during the Pennington to Moss era. I honestly don't remember much about the game besides sitting in the stands and a snapshot memory of the field. I was in 5th grade and had lost my dad the year before so I remember more about getting to spend the weekend in a college house with my cousins. That weekend made me a Herd fan though, I grew up in a wvu family, but that weekend had me a Herd fan ever since.
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Posted: 7/3/2014 11:00 AM

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Freshman year was 1966. My High School friend and College room mate and I went to our first game. It was warm but we wore our suits. My was a green corduroy with a vest. Check out the yearbook pictures from back then. Now people don't were suits to Church!
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Posted: 7/4/2014 4:20 PM

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That Weber State game had to be the coldest one ever, but my first memory was an EKU game in early 60's, I think. Jim Guice qb throwing TD passes to Aaron Marsh for EKU.
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Posted: 7/6/2014 4:57 PM

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Great story Weirgreen, how many fans were at the game?
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Posted: 7/6/2014 4:58 PM

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Weber was cold, but the coldest I have ever been at a game was the 2004 Fort Worth Bowl..WOW.

The most uncomfortable temperature game was against OU, in 1997. It couldnt decide if it wanted to rain or snow or sleet. It was windy. It started with rain and got everyone wet, then mixed the rest of the game. Miserable.

That was before Nike made Dri Fit, haha.
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Posted: 7/6/2014 7:08 PM

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1980, only about 200 people in the stands in the second half. Sonny was cursing continually at the top of his voice, and you could hear every single word from one end of the stadium to the other.
 Hilarious, but I felt bad for the players. He just was the wrong coach at that time. The program was still struggling, and he just killed what little enthusiasm the players were able to muster.
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Posted: 7/6/2014 9:56 PM

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Which game?
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Posted: 7/8/2014 12:53 PM

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I don't remember my first game but some of my earliest memories of Marshall football include tailgating on the baseball field across from the stadium. Of course the caboose. I wonder what happened to that? Also hanging over the wall of the ramp and getting high fives from the players as they ran up and down the ramp. 

My first away game was at VMI. During the middle of the game I walked down onto the track surrounding the field and got players autographs. I guess no one said anything because I was like  6 or 7.
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Posted: 7/8/2014 1:19 PM

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AaronPerkins wrote: Weber was cold, but the coldest I have ever been at a game was the 2004 Fort Worth Bowl..WOW.

The most uncomfortable temperature game was against OU, in 1997. It couldnt decide if it wanted to rain or snow or sleet. It was windy. It started with rain and got everyone wet, then mixed the rest of the game. Miserable.

That was before Nike made Dri Fit, haha.
I don't think I've ever been colder at a game than the FWB.   Just added to the overall "enjoyment" of that event.
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Posted: 7/10/2014 1:25 AM

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AaronPerkins wrote: Which game?
 I can't remember the opponent.
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Posted: 7/10/2014 8:36 AM

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Honestly, the first game I can remember isn't even a home game. I know I went to every home game from '93 on, but my first memory is a road game to ETSU. It was my first ever road game and I remember being fascinated that they played in a dome. For some reason, it also sticks out in my mind that on the way there it was the first snow of the year and I thought that was cool for some reason. We stopped at a Wendy's near the stadium and the worker asked us if Marshall was playing Tennessee, as in the Volunteers.
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Posted: 7/10/2014 1:33 PM

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HerdJC wrote: Honestly, the first game I can remember isn't even a home game. I know I went to every home game from '93 on, but my first memory is a road game to ETSU. It was my first ever road game and I remember being fascinated that they played in a dome. For some reason, it also sticks out in my mind that on the way there it was the first snow of the year and I thought that was cool for some reason. We stopped at a Wendy's near the stadium and the worker asked us if Marshall was playing Tennessee, as in the Volunteers.


If it was the 1990 road game, I've spent the ensuing 24 years trying to forget that particular debacle.  Totally unprepared, they beat our ass,  my mom heard me drop the f-bomb for the first time ever and then we nearly wrecked the truck on the way home.   Ugh.  Long day. Bad day.
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Posted: 7/10/2014 2:08 PM

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No, it was at least '93 or after. I didn't attend any Marshall home game that I can recall before that season. For some reason though, no games in particular stand out at all.
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