BearsIllustrated Roundtable 9/9

In this weeks segment of the BearsIllustrated.com Roundtable, the staff looks back at the inaugural game at McLane Stadium, and reflects on what they feel was their favorite moment inside the new crown jewel of the Brazos!

In this weeks segment of the BearsIllustrated.com Roundtable, the staff looks back at the inaugural game at McLane Stadium, and reflects on what they feel was their favorite moment inside the new crown jewel of the Brazos!

Tim Watkins - Publisher, BearsIllustrated.com

Can I say everything? Truly, it was a special day Sunday. From the tailgating, to the sailgating, RG3's statue reveal, the Bear Walk, and pregame pomp and circumstance, and even a former President, it was a truly remarkable day. If you made me pick one moment though, it was coming over the apex of the Umphrey Bridge, seeing all of the tailgating tents, the boats all around the stadium and the massive crowd around the still cloaked RG3 statue will be a moment that I will remember for a long time. Carrying my son over that bridge and showing him everything great about Baylor University was a very cool moment, made all the more real with every step towards McLane Stadium. Yes, I had been in the stadium before, but not like this. Not with 45,000 fans literally giddy about the day, celebrating our champion football team together. It was an unbelievable day.

Kevin Barrera - Recruiting Analyst, BearsIllustrated.com

This is a difficult question just from the sheer fact that the whole day was absolutely amazing. If I had to pinpoint one thing that I found the most exciting, it would have to be the tailgating scene leading up to the game. All I can says is WOW. I have NEVER seen the coming together of that many Baylor fans before a game. It was amazing. Aside from a few little miscues, Baylor handled this perfectly. Baylor football has never had a true college football tailgating scene, but that has changed in a big way. The stadium was perfectly placed near the water, and the tailgating areas were very well put together. I'm anxious to see what the scene will be like for Baylor's first important Big 12 game. But if Sunday was any indication, Baylor Football will certainly benefit from this scene.

Shehan Jeyarajah - Contributor, BearsIllustrated.com

Sunday was an exciting day across the board, but hey, I'm a football guy. Seeing the intro videos starting getting me excited, and the crowd's reaction when the team finally ran out to a tower of flames? It was hard to not cheer in the press box. I saw somebody on Twitter describe it as "metal as hell," and I loved it. Seeing the team run out in the middle of such an overwhelming Baylor Line was an unmatched experience for me. The amount of people on the field, the sheer amount of sound and the visual of every single one of 45,000 Baylor fans on their feet in such an incredible venue topped the day for me. Close second, I sat in my chair in the press box and stretched my legs more than five inches out. McLane press box 1, Floyd Casey press box 0.

James Holloway - Contributor, BearsIllustrated.com

If I had to pick one thing, I guess I would say just being inside McLane with the seats full of people. I had been inside a couple times before the game, but its just not the same as when it is packed full of Baylor fans cheering loudly. Also, right before the game when they played Jump was awesome, the student section was going absolutely crazy, my friends and I especially so. It was also nice to see a couple of friends that have graduated. I just really love college football season and everything it brings with it. I can't wait till its Saturday.


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