No water policy causes discomfort at football games
Published: Monday, September 16, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 16, 2013 22:09
The first home football game was a refreshing start to the school year with A-State scoring 62-11 over UAPB.
What wasn’t refreshing was the weather and me at bag check forced to throw my plastic water bottle that was filled with water in the trash can.
The weather at the game versus Troy was equally punishing and the drink police just as strict.
I understand they are trying to make games a family fun, safe environment, making sure people do not bring in alcoholic beverages.
Not only does the throwing away of water bottles not solve the alcohol problem, but with the heat it does not promote a safe environment.
The current alcohol deterrent looks like a chance for them to make more profit at the concession stands so thirsty people are forced to buy a beverage there.
I am a frugal person, so I thought it would be a great idea to bring my own water to the game. It would save me money and I would not have to stand in the 90 degree weather in a long line at the concession stands to buy water.
I did not bring any money with me because I did not think I would have to throw my water away.
There are no rules hung on signs outside of the football stadium or anywhere else on campus that I am aware of, reading NO OUTSIDE CONCESSION BEVERAGES ALLOWED AT SPORTING EVENTS.
If there are, they need be made more visible in neon orange, yellow or green would get my attention. I would have drank the water while taking the long walk to the football stadium.
I was surprised to learn there are not even water fountains at the football stadium. I would like to see part of students’ lovely $255 athletic fee go towards putting at least one water fountain in there. For the price we pay for ASU athletics this water fountain could probably be covered in gold leaf.
At the very least maybe they could provide small cups at the bag check or concession stands so people can fill that up with water from the restroom sink if that is the only water fans are provided with.
These scenarios should also be thought of. I should not have to leave during the third quarter of the game desperately thirsty for water.
Good innocent people should not have to suffer the consequences and worry about getting a heat stroke because some people in the past were unwilling to wait to drink alcohol until after the game.
At least I know not to bring hot cocoa when the weather gets colder to football games.