record-breaking inaugural game last year with an attendance of something like 56,000 fans, the excitement prior to the game and all the activities leading up to kick-off made us think there might be at least some amount of hoopla making an early arrival worth it. Not so much. Just the band playing a few songs and people getting free samples of ice cream and cheese balls (not to be confused with Cheetos).
We also walked around the tailgater lot prior to the game, and though there were more people tailgating, the atmosphere was not nearly as electric as last year.
There was a moment in the game when UTSA kicked off following a score and the Texas A&M Commerce player receiving the kick lost situational awareness and took a knee at the 1 yard line. He obviously thought he was standing in the end zone which, when he took a knee would have meant play would start at the 20 yard line. The entire crowd erupted in laughter and cheers and the guy still didn't realize his error. Once he did, he was obviously crushed and it was nice to see his team mates on the sidelines all cheering him up and giving him pep-talks.
In the end, it was UTSA 27, Texas A&M Commerce 16. Good times.