Good news for those of you interested in sailgating at McLane Stadium next year: it's happening.
Ian McCaw: "There's going to be sail-gating in 2014." Says sixteen boat slips will be available. Atmosphere will be unique to Baylor.— Craig Smoak (@CraigSmoak) February 25, 2014
Sixteen boat slips doesn't sound like all that many, but the potential for a hundred boats in the lagoon/harbor/whatever they're calling it was never that great to begin with. My appreciation of the entire sailgating phenomenon has always been that it was more of a novelty than a truly unique aspect of the stadium environment, a way to tie in the Brazos River to the stadium construction beyond the bridges and obvious fact that there's a freaking river right over there. Still, I imagine that if things go well with the first sixteen slips and people manage to avoid drunken boating accidents without too much trouble, use of the river as an actual waterway will expand over time. Consider this a trial run, of sorts.
You should read more of Craig's twitter feed for updates from McCaw about the stadium and everything going into it. One other caught my eye:
McCaw: We are absolutely looking at hosting HS football games. We want to open it up and make it available. Helps w/ recruiting, admissions.— Craig Smoak (@CraigSmoak) February 25, 2014
Aside from being good business (they don't do those things for free, you know), I'm glad to see that Baylor knows what it will have on its hands with this new stadium, which will be the finest in Central Texas.
Also, one other thing while I've got you here: apparently Baylor is making "Dream Big, Dream Baylor" a new motto of sorts. I may be behind the times, but I heard it first (recently, at least) when 2015 DE Louis Brown visited campus in the middle of last week (he actually said "Think Big, Think Baylor," but I consider them the same idea). I assumed it was just something he heard during his visit. Now Briles is tweeting it in a much more official capacity. I like it.
Baylor studs back in the house!! #DreamBigDreamBaylor pic.twitter.com/sSWTWfdm7O— Coach Art Briles (@CoachArtBriles) February 25, 2014
Those of you on campus, is this a thing now and I just missed it?