Cardboard Cutouts File Out Of Alumni At Halftime
ALUMNI STADIUM — Several reporters present at Boston College’s first home game on Saturday noted that a majority of the cardboard cutouts in attendance left Alumni Stadium at halftime.
Boston College Athletics announced a plan earlier this month which allows fans to purchase cardboard cutouts of themselves or others to fill the stands at Alumni Stadium, which would otherwise be left empty due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cardboard cutout Tom Flattmann (MCAS ‘22), who left the game at halftime, was eager to speak about his decision to leave early. “I’m just glad I’m able to do my part to try and make this as much of a normal season as possible for everyone, from the players, to the coaching staff, to the students,” Flattmann told the Classic on his way out of the stadium to take a two-hour nap before resuming drinking in his dorm room. “If I can contribute to the team by giving them the familiar sense of an empty stadium at halftime, regardless of the score, just so we can all go home and do literally nothing, well I’m happy to do it.”
Many fans were happy to hear that the longstanding tradition of the student section slowly thinning out at the conclusion of the second quarter of the game remains intact and will serve as a familiar constant in such a strange and unprecedented season. “I was a little concerned about BC football not feeling like BC football this season, what with a new coach, new athletic director, and of course the pandemic. I’m so glad to see not too much has changed since my time as a student here,” said Ryan Matthews (CSOM ‘07).
At press time, new Athletic Director Pat Kraft was seen seeking feedback on his new ideas for ways to get cardboard cutouts to stay in their seats for the entirety of the game, such as lowering the price of alcohol at concession stands, locking the stadium’s gates, and zip tying students/cutouts to the bleachers.