Thursday, February 5, 2015

Oak Bowl Reception, Dedication, and First Game

 6 September 2014:  The Oak Bowl enjoyed a festive reception and then official ribbon cutting.  In addition, the college community swelled with alumni and all enjoyed a great meal before the game.
And the Hoyt Street Jazz Band played at the celebration on campus; the Pep Band entertained at the game later that evening.  
The festivities and the excitement mitigated somewhat the pain of the Bobcat loss, the first home game of what proved an unsettling season.  But the stadium will again enjoy housing winning teams.

I enjoyed the late-morning reception, for many their first look at the completed Oak Bowl.  

For a refresher, take a look at the latest blog page for
the stadium's construction, a quick visit I made to the press box.  Links on the page will take you all the way back to the preceding year on a cold day when I first took photographs of the grounds. 

After the reception--and what fun to see so may alumni who made the trip for these ceremonies--we all went to the area between the Student Center and Morgan residence all that the Sapp brothers' donations helped to renovate.

There everyone enjoyed the Hoyt Street Jazz Band, conversation, and food.  

The stadium looked stunning that evening, just beautiful.  And what fun to serve as spotter in the new press box.  

As I hope the images from the day's activities underscore, everyone enjoyed this special Saturday. 

And the day before the game, two Peruvians who serve in their country's military visited Peru.  Both are presently stationed in the US.

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