Fan Experience

Panthers Light It Up Blue Against Jaguars

Randy Wilson Photography

Two months ago I attended Georgia State University’s FanFest at Parker H. Petit Field at GSU Stadium. If you didn’t know, the GSU stadium was home to the Atlanta Braves and was called Turner Field. The transformation from turning a baseball field into a football stadium was impressive. Being an alum, I was looking forward to attending the first home game at the new stadium but scheduling conflicts didn’t allow me to go. This all changed last Thursday when Georgia State played South Alabama. In a nail biting fourth quarter, Georgia State beat South Alabama 21-13 and it was their first win at the new stadium.

#LightItBlue Our first win at GSU Stadium!

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The crowd was thin, however, the energy was not. When you’re winning a game the energy is always more hype. Georgia State lead the way during the entire game and the crowd should their appreciation. I appreciated the DJ for playing music that represented the players, the culture, the city of Atlanta as well as the audience that watched the game. This may be a small detail to the masses but to me it mattered. I’ve said this before when covering Georgia State, where are the students? GSU has this beautiful stadium and the stands weren’t as full as they could be. I get it, GSU is in the heart of a city that seems to never sleep and always has muiltple events going on but one night of supporting your school doesn’t hurt. What will it take for the students, alum and other to take the GSU football program seriously?

My only qualm would be going back and forth from the field to the press box. If I didn’t have my team member with me I would’ve gotten lost as it was my first time entering from the media gate. The experience of covering my first Georgia State game at Parker H. Petit Field at GSU Stadium was an enjoyable one. I’ll always root for the home team even when they lose. It’s the wins that make it the sweetest.


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