With the arrival of ESPN’s flagship college football program College Gameday and, more importantly, Erin Andrews, hundreds of Stanford students finally had the opportunity to enjoy The Oval for the first time in their undergraduate careers.
“I remember my Admit Weekend tour guide telling me that The Oval was a great place to play Ultimate Frisbee, relax in the sun with a good book, or take a date at night,” exclaimed senior Jessica McDonald in between ESPN montages of football players and gratuitous amounts of Home Depot marketing spots. “To be honest, though, I wouldn’t have even remembered this place existed if not for all the postcards in the bookstore.”
“I thought I would be hanging out at The Oval all the time when I arrived for NSO,” said junior Jason Boggs, “I’m just surprised my first visit here was at 6 in the morning to watch a group of adults in suits and ties talk about college students playing a game against each other.”
Dozens of Stanford students left the early morning broadcast amazed with the beauty of The Oval and swearing to return soon, which, objectively, they won’t.