Its 6am Saturday morning, the parking lot is vacant. Staring down the road you see a line of cars as they file in one after another. By 9 o’clock the sweet aroma of ribs, burgers and hot dogs permeate the air. Friends, families and strangers alike tremble in the anticipation of Game Day. Though there are hundreds of college football programs, there is no better game day experience than that of The University of Southern California Trojans.
The ultimate game day experience begins with USC’s long and storied history. As you take a stroll down Heritage Hall, you begin to understand the fascination with USC football. Heritage Hall is filled with retired jerseys, trophies and game balls. Over the past 125 years, USC’s football team has fielded more Heisman trophy winners than any other school with seven. 37 of its players has been elected and enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame. In this hallow hall also stands USC’s 11 National championship trophies; with its last trophy in 2004. The dim lights enshrined memorabilia and revered site all adds to the game day experience.
From Heritage Hall, the next stop is the Grand Old Lady or commonly referred to as “The Coliseum”. Outside the Coliseum is the diehard, devoted fan base. At 7 am the parking lot is filled with diehard fans that come early to tailgate prior to the game. As you make your way to the entrance of the Coliseum the spices and smell of perfectly seasoned food attacks your senses. You can’t help but notice the camaraderie and friendships formed while the alcohol flows. It is in the parking lot you see the dedication and years of loyalty displayed by its fans. In the front row nearest to the stadium stands the most dedicated fan. An older man, scruffy looking stands next to his Winnebago. He is dressed in the traditional garbs for the day. His Winnebago is covered from front to back in Cardinal and Gold; from his speakers blares the schools song ‘Fight On’. Walking by he gives you...
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