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Whether USF fans cheered on the White team or the Green team, a new experience was ushered in at this year’s spring football game.
Billed as the Bulls Block Party, the event started two hours before kickoff as 4,418 fans made their way through the Corbett Stadium gates.
“It’s creating the feel of the tailgate party we have in front of Raymond James stadium, but bringing it here to the spring game on campus,” said Leni Baga, USF Director of Event Marketing and Licensing.
The Bulls Block Party included bounce houses, food trucks, and a student tailgate section. Bulls Radio resident DJs provided music before the game. A student band performed during the post-game football autograph line.
“The spring game has been fun on campus,” said USF student, Taylor Sanchez. “But I think this is really the first year that they made it its own event.”
USF’s campus soccer stadium has hosted the football preview for three years, providing an opportunity for the athletics department to build new traditions.
According to Assistant Director of Athletics for Marketing Adam Schemm, one of those traditions was the Create Your Own T-shirt Station. Fans narrowed down 12 design options to three that they could choose to get printed on a T-shirt.
“The fans really like them,” Schemm said. “It’s something different from what you would be able to get at your normal retail store.”
Regular football season begins for the Bulls on Saturday, September 3 against Towson University at Raymond James Stadium.