More Ways to Celebrate

We're Number 1 ... and 1I’m sure by now you’re aware that UT is throwing the be-all / end-all celebration for the Longhorns football team this Sunday at DKR-Memorial Stadium. Whether you plan to attend or avoid campus like the plague, be aware that the festivities will be kicking off (disregard pun) around 6:30, with the floodgates opening at 5pm. UT officials are gearing up for massive crowds, perhaps in excess of the 60,000 who can fit in the stadium given the current construction.

Just to make things more complicated, the celebration overlaps with an afternoon performance of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at Bass and an evening yukfest with Mike Epps and Friends at FEC. That means parking [.pdf] is likely to be pretty scarce, so be prepared to walk. And think twice about the gear you bring, because the killjoys at UT have decreed this to be a gun- and alcohol-free event, thus depriving many Texans of their preferred celebratory ingredients. Umbrellas, long-lens cameras, backpacks, poled flags, and other staples of outdoor revelry are similarly discouraged. But most likely, the guy standing in front of you will somehow avoid the ban and unfurl a giant Longhorn flag right in your view of Vince Young.

If crowds and chaos aren’t your first choice, you will be able to watch the whole slathering affair streamed live over For those wanting to relive the game itself, iTunes video store has a 20-minute highlight summary of the Rose Bowl available for $1.99. It makes for entertaining background noise at work, although I was disappointed they left out Matt Leinart’s post-game proclaimation that the losing team was actually the better one. Damn, the BCS finally produces a definitive national championship match-up, and there are still critics!

3 Comments so far

  1. M1EK (unregistered) on January 12th, 2006 @ 10:22 am

    A 60,000 seat stadium is so quaint.

  2. wae (unregistered) on January 12th, 2006 @ 11:26 pm

    At its maximum capacity, Memorial Stadium will cram nearly 85k into its aged confines, which is still fairly quaint compared to your example from the Big 10 interlopers. What do you figure the lag time is between a Number 1 ranking and a call for a mega-stadium?

  3. M1EK (unregistered) on January 13th, 2006 @ 7:44 am

    I figure UT would actually have to sell out their stadium for more than just the biggest games before any real movement will happen. Only in the very depths of our recent 4-7 debacle (2004 season – 3rd losing one out of 4) did PSU finally stop selling out every game.

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